ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss passed along an interesting item that underscores Tom Brady's standing in the sports world.
Brady ranked second, but first among the traditional big four sports.
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR driver
Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR driver
Shaquille O'Neal, Celtics center
Michael Phelps, swimmer
Troy Polamalu, Steelers safety
Peyton Manning, Colts quarterback
Jeff Gordon, NASCAR driver
LeBron James, Heat forward
Tim Tebow, Broncos quarterback
No baseball or hockey players or golfers made the rundown. Tiger Woods, for obvious reasons, dropped off the list. Lance Armstrong also was absent because he retired.