Tebow tops 'most desirable celebrity neighbor' list
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has scored big in two public-opinion surveys this month.
December 28th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Tebow tops 'most desirable celebrity neighbor' list

NFL insiders and fans don’t think enough of Tim Tebow to put him in the Pro Bowl, but a decent portion of the American public might be OK with him barbecuing next door.

The Denver Broncos quarterback, who has made a name for himself in part through his outspoken faith in God and a number of comeback wins this season, is the most desirable celebrity neighbor for 2012, according to a survey from the Zillow real estate information company.

The annual survey asks more than 1,000 U.S. adults which celebrity or celebrity couple they’d most like to be their neighbor next year. It should be noted that respondents were given only seven from which to choose, plus “other.” But Tebow topped that list, garnering 11% of the vote.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (10%) were runners-up, followed by Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (9%). A plurality of respondents - 42% - said “none of the above,” and “other” got 11%.

The survey results were released Wednesday, a day after USA Today announced that Tebow was the United States’ 11th most-admired man for 2011 - two spots behind Bill Gates but ahead of the Dalai Lama - in a USA Today/Gallup Poll.

Tebow began the season on the sidelines but became Denver’s starting quarterback after the Broncos’ 1-4 start. Tebow has won seven of his 10 starts, helping put Denver in position to clinch a playoff spot heading into the final regular-season game this weekend.

His victories - many of them featuring come-from-behind heroics in the fourth quarter - have come despite relatively low passing yardages. He has delighted many Broncos fans, those who cheered him at the University of Florida and many others inspired by his success. But he has also spurred debate on sports talk shows and elsewhere about how good of a passing quarterback he is, how much credit he can claim and how much success he will be have over his career.

Tebow’s victories had some wondering whether fans, coaches and players would select him for the NFL’s Pro Bowl, but the league announced this week that the three signal-callers representing Tebow’s conference would be New England’s Tom Brady, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and San Diego’s Phillip Rivers.

The Denver Post has reported that Tebow finished fifth in voting, meaning he is the second alternate.

As for the other celebrities who were on Zillow’s list for the neighbor survey, they were Jennifer Lopez; Beyonce and Jay-Z; Nancy Grace; and Kim Kardashian. For the list, Zillow chose celebrities that made headlines throughout the year, spokeswoman Lauren Riefflin said.

Actress Sandra Bullock was last year’s most desirable celebrity neighbor.

Other recent Tebow news:

Maher faces backlash after lewd Tebow tweet

SNL Tim Tebow controversy continues debate over quarterback's faith

'Tebowing' high school students suspended for blocking hallway

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  1. Wanderer81

    I'd take my boy Prime Time Deion Sanders before Tebow. Not a saint, but would rather see him dance than a bunch of damn Tebows the rest of my life.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick


      December 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Stupid stupid story. Would Tebow want to live next to you?

    December 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrea M

    It would be just like having Ned Flanders as your neighbor. Screw that, I don't want to live next to someone who tries to shove his religion down everybody's throats. I wouldn't want my future-kids to play with his future-kids.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.F

      Ohkahlee doekahee!

      December 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnostic

      He doesn't shove his religion down anybody's throat, stop jumping to conclusions and use your brain.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ensense

      Look around your trailer park and you might find somebody to play with your kids who has your beliefs.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnostic

      Also, since it seems you are not very smart, please do not have any kids in the future.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim TX

    Tebow is being persecuted for being a good dude. Leave him alone.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Culturestone

      How is he being persecuted? That's a pretty strong word for someone who makes millions for playing a game. Is he denied rights? Food? Freedom? Is he tortured? Does he worry about how to feed or clothe himself? Seriously, if he is persecuted, throw me in that briar patch! It's just that he makes a gross display of religiosity. Most of the guys on the field are Christians, but they don't make such a display of it.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Only a christian would scream persecution if anyone simply dared to disagree with them. Believe it or not, not everyone shares in your delusion.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Socrates

    Tebows, please get a brain and use it.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

    why are we still hearing about this guy?

    December 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chw

    This is funny because Tebow is my actual neighbor!

    December 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Johnny Five

    Yeah, like he would ever live in a trailer park with his fans.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yaa

    I bet Angelina Jolie was not on the list in this survey.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrmint

      guess you didn't read the article...brad and angie came in second with 10% of the votes.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. USA?

    I wonder how many people would complain if he touted being gay? Everyone would say good for him. The is the land of the free yet we persecute anyone for actually exercising their freedom. Ooooo, he's talking about his religion, man that's going to... its going to... hmm... well guess it won't do anything but change my way of thinking if I agree. At least he is using his celebrity for something good verses just taking drugs, sleeping around, and ending up in jail. No who do you want living next to you?

    December 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • overthis

      What if he were gay, what if he were Muslim blah blah blah, I really am tired of the what if argument. The fact if the matter is if he were gay and waved a pride flag after each touchdown, yes there would be those that would say its great and there would certainly be those would have a huge problem with it. If he were to get on a prayer rug after there would certainly be people who would cheer, but there would be more that would have a problem with it.

      What he is a football player, why cant he just stick to that instead of using the field to push forward his personal agenda that some of us didn't ask for.

      Just because he is religious does not automatically make him a good or bad person, the fact of the matter is that none or few of us know him enough to make that call. If he wants to get down on one knee and thank his god, fine he has a right to do so. He could be cool, or he could be a total wack job. You know history is full of examples of devout people who have done good and those who have turned out to be crazy and really hurt people. I am not judging this guy to be either, but just because he kneels down at a football game does not make him a saint. And even the idea of saying that he is being persecuted smacks a little of having a Jesus complex, he is not being run through the stations of the cross, people are just making fun of him a bit. He is not a God and should not be worshiped as one.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. johnmenacherjr

    Another wonderful walk on water evengelical! Save us from the lot. And someone thinks Tebow has been persecuted??? MY GOD just try bei gay or keeping your religion to yourself, thats who gets persecuted what astupid friggin article man o man!

    December 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leslie

    I just don't get the attraction with this guy...he's a mediocre quarterback and just because he prays in public doesn't make him better or worse than anybody else. Most people simply (and humbly) prefer to pray privately or in church. His 15 minutes of fame is already over...thank God.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thank GOD

    Is that because he is always GONE?????

    December 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JJ

    The last thing I would want as a neighbor is some evangelical christian nutbag.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ensense

      don't worry you would be the last person on his list too you moron.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. j

    So he tied with 'other,' beat a couple others by a percentage point, and lost to "none of the above" by a huge margin. That hardly qualifies him as "most desirable celebrity neighbor."

    December 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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