Top 10 Most-Searched Athletes on Google in 2013 Will Surprise You
Google's Most-Searched Athletes of 2013
It seems like we say this at the end of every calendar year, but 2013 was a great one for sports. We had a terrific start to the year with some incredible NFL playoff runs and a Super Bowl that featured two brothers, Jim and John Harbaugh, squaring off on the game’s biggest stage. Then we saw one of the wildest NCAA Tournaments in history before the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat battled through one of the most memorable NBA Finals in recent memory. Finally, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Blackhawks completed dominant, yet intriguing title runs.
Of course, the sports world also endured a lot of heartache and weird stories involving athletes and unsurprisingly, these are the ones that dominated Google searches in 2013. There were a few positive stories at the top of the charts, but as is typical for the Internet these days, negativity ruled for the most part.
That doesn’t mean the list of most-searched athletes for 2013 is a sad one; on the contrary, it really helped the sports world to progress toward a brighter future through learning processes that will undoubtedly make our niche of the planet a little better in 2014 and beyond. So without spoiling any of it, here are the most-searched athletes of 2013.
10. Lindsey Vonn
It was a weird year for Vonn, who tore her ACL, divorced her husband and paired with Tiger Woods all in a 12-month span. Considering she’s still recovering from an aggravation to that ACL, her 2014 Winter Olympics status is still up in the air as the calendar turns.
9. Colin Kaepernick
How about the year this kid had? After being named the long-term starter over Alex Smith, Kaep led the 49ers on an improbable run to the Super Bowl with no prior starting quarterback experience in the NFL. Add in his tattoo stories, and you’ve got a top search term.
8. Ray Lewis
The retirement party for Lewis got put off again and again as the Ravens continued their march to an improbable Super Bowl win in Ray’s final season. Like John Elway and Jerome Bettis before him, Lewis went out on top.
7. Richie Incognito
Where do we start with this one? No one knew who Incognito was (no pun intended) until he made headlines for bullying a fellow 300-pound NFL lineman. Wow, that last sentence had more oxymorons than a Mike Shanahan therapy session.
6. Lamar Odom
Odom hasn’t played in the 2013-14 NBA season after playing the 2012-13 campaign with the Clippers. He is most searched for his relationship with Khloe Kardashian, mysterious disappearance and rumors of drug use. Those three things in one year will definitely put a man on this list.
5. Oscar Pistorius
In one year, Pistorius went from beloved inspiration story to hated villain. When his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot to death during the night, Pistrious claimed he thought she was an intruder. Needless to say, searches for South Africa’s most famous athlete were through the roof in his home country.
4. Jason Collins
Want to make a splash? Announce that you’re a gay, active NBA player on the cover of Sports Illustrated with no prior warning. Collins became an overnight sensation…and still didn’t land a spot on an NBA roster for the 2013-14 season.
3. Kevin Ware
He didn’t get to play in the championship game, but Kevin Ware was the ultimate sad-turned-feel-good story of 2013 when he broke shin bone during Louisville’s NCAA Tournament title run. Searches for the video of his injury definitely boosted his spot on this list.
2. Adrian Peterson
Winning the MVP of the 2012-13 NFL season didn’t put AD this high on the list — it was the tragic death of his two-year-old son, who he reportedly never met.
1. Aaron Hernandez
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it ain’t a banty rooster. Hernandez’s arrest and murder trial easily put him at the top of this list just a year after he made the Pro Bowl in his sophomore season with the Patriots.