PPP Poll: ‘Lightning Rod’ Tim Tebow Voted Fifth-Most Popular NFL QB for 2015

By Michael Morris | February 25, 2016 | 5:07pm EST
Tim Tebow (right) works out with the New England Patriots squad as Tom Brady (left) looks on. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tim Tebow has not taken a regular season snap for three years now, but he continues to be adored by fans everywhere. According to a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), Tim Tebow was voted America’s fifth-most popular NFL quarterback for 2015.

Despite his NFL absence, Tim Tebow received seven percent (7%) of the votes from the “410 self-described NFL fans” that PPP surveyed. The NFL free agent was voted more popular than four active NFL superstar quarterbacks: Drew Brees (4%), Eli Manning (6%), Ben Roethlisberger (6%) and Russell Wilson (6%).

Participants were asked the following question: “Given the choices of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Tim Tebow, and Russell Wilson who is your favorite NFL Quarterback?”

With a whopping 23 percent (23%) of the vote, Tom Brady (23%) came in first; Peyton Manning (16%) was second; Aaron Rodgers (13%) was third; and Cam Newton (11%) was a close fourth place in the poll.

“Why is Tim Tebow included in the poll at all?” you might ask. PPP still throws Tebow in their polling “because he’s such a lightning rod.”

Given Tebow’s unapologetic Christian presence, this suggestion should come as little surprise. Look no further than a National Review piece titled “Tebow: ‘Religious Fundamentalist, Lightning Rod, Misfit’?” for one author’s reasons why.

No quarterback appears to be more of a lightning rod than Tom Brady, who received honors as both the respondents’ “favorite NFL Quarterback” (23%) and “least favorite NFL Quarterback” (29%), but Tim Tebow’s “lightning rod” status is also clearly reflected in this poll. Tebow ranks second among the “least favorite NFL Quarterbacks” with 10 percent (10%).

Cam Newton (9%) and Ben Roethlisberger (9%) tied for third “least favorite NFL Quarterback,” and Peyton Manning (8%) was fifth.

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