Courtesy of Citybizlist – Two Ravens players were named to this year’s Power 100, a ranking of athletes in the U.S.
Ray Rice and Terrell Suggs, ranked 44 and 91 respectively, were the only two players from a Baltimore sports team to make the list, which considered approximately 600 of the best-performing athletes from a pool of 3,000. The rankings were based on statistics, the popularity and viewing audience of their sports, endorsement earnings, and their reach on social media.
BusinessWeek said that Nielsen/E-Poll N-Score data, based on surveys that evaluate such factors as players’ name and face awareness, appeal, influence, and trustworthiness, were also included to measure athletes’ endorsement potential.
The NFL claimed the most number of spots on the Top 100 list with 26 players, followed by the NBA, with 20 players, and MLB, with 16.
Three quarterbacks were the darlings of the list – with Drew Breescoming in first, followed by Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Here is what BusinessWeek said about Baltimore’s running back and its linebacker:
Power 100 rank: 44
Rank last year: Unranked
Most recent notable achievement: 2011 Pro Bowl (2nd Selection)
Key sponsors: RipFire, Nike
Why he’s on the list: Ray Rice often looks like the little guy on the field, at just 5 feet, 8 inches tall, but he weighs in at 212 pounds and packs a punch with speed. Rice led the NFL last year in combined rushing and receiving yards. Sponsors are beginning to take note.
Power 100 rank: 91
Rank last year: Unranked
Most recent notable achievement: 2012 Pro Bowl, AFC
Key sponsors: PETA, Nike
Why he’s on the list: It takes an outsized talent-and personality-to stand out on the Baltimore Ravens’ defense, home of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Terrell Suggs qualifies on both accounts. Suggs got a laugh and created an Internet sensation when he gave his alma mater on a national TV introduction as “Ball So Hard University” (riffing off a hip-hop song). On the field, Suggs was a terror, sacking the opposing quarterback 14 times this season on his way to becoming a leading candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
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