Brady 21st on ESPN's 'Fame 100 list'; no MLB or NHL players make it

Brady 21st on ESPN's 'Fame 100 list'; no MLB or NHL players make it

ESPN's ranking of the most famous current athletes is out. Tom Brady comes in at 21st and if you're looking for a baseball or hockey player? Try another list.

Brady is the first NFL player on the list, which shows, among other things, that while the NFL rules in the US, it's can't match soccer, golf, tennis and even cricket in terms of "ESPN's Fame 100" formula for determining worldwide fame. 


Brady was 52nd last year (and the fifth-most-hated NFL player of all-time, too, remember?), so a Super Bowl championship - and an increased social media presence - apparently gave TB12's fame stock a boost. After Brady, the next five NFL players on the list are quarterbacks - Cam Newton (No. 47), Drew Brees (52), Russell Wilson (55), Aaron Rodgers (56), Eli Manning (60).

The Top 10: 
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. LeBron James
3. Lionel Messi
4. Roger Federer
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Neymar
7. Usain Bolt
8. Kevin Durant
9. Rafael Nadal
10. Tiger Woods

The list was created by the network's director of sports analytics Ben Alamar with a formula that uses salary, endorsements, social media following and Google search popularity to determine the rankings.

So, while David Ortiz cracked the list a year ago at No. 78. There's not an MLB star (Bryce Harper? Mike Trout?) to be found this year. No NHL players, either (sorry Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin). The only other New England athlete making the 2017 list is Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman (No. 99) of Needham, Mass. 

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."

Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.