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Beloved by New Orleanians and Saints fans alike, Drew Brees made Forbes' list of the most influential athletes of 2013, joining company with Michael Phelps, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and LeBron James. (See the story)

The list was compiled with data from Nielsen.

'Riding a long time rep as a good QB and a good guy. Brees will always be remembered as the one who led post-Katrina New Orleans to its first Super Bowl title,' the article reads. See full story

Among his credentials, Brees is the face of several major advertising campaigns, was one of the leaders for the players during the NFL lockout and has served as a team captain.

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