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Forbes Ranks Tom Brady 2nd Most Influential

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Tom Brady throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Tom Brady throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Forbes Magazine has ranked Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady as the second most influential athlete in sports.

Brady is a newcomer to the top-10 after a 2010-11 season in which he took home NFL MVP. Brady led New England to a 14-2 regular season while throwing 36 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

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“Steady as she goes, Brady’s talent and work ethic keep him consistently near the top, even as one of the few to hit double digits on the “dislike” meter,” writes Forbes.

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Shaquille O’Neal was the only other local athlete to make the list, coming in at number-four.

NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson topped this year’s list.

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