The list, released yesterday, saw Armstrong edge collegiate American football player Manti Te’o on a higher name recognition tie-breaker after each had only 15 % appeal in a Nielsen/E-Poll survey. Armstrong admitted last month he took performance-enhancing drugs during his 1999-2005 victory run in the Tour, tainted his cancer-comeback story and Livestrong Foundation’s efforts.
Te’o was a linebacker for Notre Dame and a top National Football League prospect. But then came the revelation that the girlfriend whose death he grieved in the season had never existed, only the product of internet fakery and a voice on a telephone.
Tiger Woods, the 14-time major golf champion, who won his 75th career US PGA Tour title last month at Torrey Pines, was third on the list at 19 percent appeal, thanks to his epic sex scandal.
NFL Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler was fourth, followed in order by Metta World Peace of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers, Alex Rodriguez of Major League Baseball’s NY Yankees, NFL Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick, US stock car racer Kurt Busch, World Peace’s teammate Kobe Bryant and NFL Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo.