LeBron James can say, for at least the next year, that he has overtaken Michael Jordan.
James was the most popular American male athlete in a recent Harris Poll, according to ESPN.com.
Findings were based on a representative sample of 2,241 people polled last month, and Jordan topped the list last year. This is the first time that James — who recently signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers — took the top spot as America’s most popular male athlete.
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The polling actually was done before James and the Miami Heat lost in the NBA Finals and before James decided to return to Cleveland as a free agent.
James fell out of the top 10 the last time he was a free agent, as his “Decision” soured some public opinion of him.
Here’s the full the top five for male athletes.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in at No. 7 on the list. Tennis star Serena Williams topped the list of female athletes, followed by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick at No. 2.