The Most Popular Male Athletes On The Internet In 2012

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Bing released its top searches of 2012 and one of the categories is the “most searched male athletes.”Among the top searched are quarterbacks, guys at the centre of controversy, and one guy who’s married to a Kardashian.

A couple of the men won gold at the Olympics, and many of the rest won championships in their respective sports.

#20 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Major Events in 2012: Earnhardt Jr. remains one of the most well-known racers in NASCAR.

#19 Derrick Rose

Major Events in 2012: Derrick Rose tore his ACL and gave a tearful press conference. Rose is still out.

#18 Carmelo Anthony

Major Events in 2012: Carmelo Anthony helped USA win gold at the Olympics.

#17 Kevin Durant

Major Events in 2012: Durant won a gold medal at the Olympics playing for the USA men's basketball team.

#16 Tom Brady

Major Events in 2012: Tom Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl, did some new UGGs ads, and is having a great season in 2012.

#15 Eli Manning

Major Events in 2012: Eli Manning took the New York Giants to a big Super Bowl win!

#14 David Beckham

Major Events in 2012: Beckham had another great year with the L.A. Galaxy and is headed to the MLS Cup Saturday for his last game with the league.

#13 Dwight Howard

Major Events in 2012: Howard annoyed the world with his 'I'm staying in Orlando, no now I'm leaving, maybe I'll stay' talk. Now he plays for the Lakers.

#12 Derek Jeter

Major Events in 2012: Jeter was having a good season until he had to sit out after an injury.

#11 Kris Humphries

Major Events in 2012: Kris Humphries is still going through his nasty divorce with Kim Kardashian.

#10 Chad Ochocinco/Johnson

Major Events in 2012: Ochocinco had a brief stint with the Miami Dolphins at the beginning of the season until he was cut after allegedly assaulting his now ex-wife.

#9 Lance Armstrong

Major Events in 2012: Armstrong had a terrible year. A damning report came out accusing Armstrong of doping and the UCI took away all seven of his Tour de France titles.

#8 Terrell Owens

Major Events in 2012: Owens has struggled with financial issues and was rumoured to come back to the NFL.

#7 Cristiano Ronaldo

Major Events in 2012: rumours floated earlier this fall that Ronaldo was going to leave Real Madrid. They turned out to not be true, and he's still with the team.

#6 LeBron James

Major Events in 2012: LeBron finally won a championship!!! He was also one of the big members of the USA men's basketball team who won gold at the Olympics.

#5 Lamar Odom

Major Events in 2012: Lamar plays for the Clippers, but he's probably more well-known for his marriage to Khloe Kardashian. There have been rumours floating around that Odom and Kardashian are headed for a split.

#4 Kobe Bryant

Major Events in 2012: Bryant has been more outspoken than he ever has been this season. His rocky relationship with his wife was also widely publicized this year.

#3 Tim Tebow

Major Events in 2012: When is the world NOT searching for what Tim Tebow is doing? After Tebow had several miraculous comebacks last year for the Broncos the biggest sports news of the year is where he'd be playing in 2012.

#2 Tiger Woods

Major Events in 2012: Tiger finally came back in 2012. After struggling with his scandal and injury he finally won three tournaments. He's also ranked #2 behind Rory McIlroy.

#1 Peyton Manning

Major Events in 2012: After sitting out last season with an injury, the big question was where Peyton Manning would end up for the 2012 season. He landed with the Broncos, sending Tebow to the Jets, and is having a noteworthy season.

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