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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soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Subash Nanjangud

    This is bad for the country... a person calling Jesus on a sprots field in a secular country should be banned from all sorts of sports......we all know hoe GOOD he is NOW

    December 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • chookoo

      I would rather have Tebow as a neighbor than an id iot like you.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. miketofal

    what?! Are you kidding?! This is Onion.com, right. This is non-sensical, right?! Farce?! This is what Americans are interested in? Save us all.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael D

      To late.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. einzart

    I want Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston to retire and move someplace where media can't get to them. I am so tired of reading about these 3, overhyped celebs constantly discussing their personal lives as if people don't have anything better to do. I stopped reading articles about them but they keep popping in the news regardless. I hope the people who want them to be their neighbors are in Timbuktu.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bernie

    i Want bill maher that guy is smart

    December 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • fish-o

      you two are made for each other.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©


    December 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jess C

    Over-hyped at best.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gregory Wahl

    No matter what you think of the guy as a football player, he's a very good person, and that's the kind of guy you want living next door. My caveat: don't ever talk about your religion in front of my kids, or I'll deflate your tires.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Yeah, if he drops to his knees on my lawn, he'd better be cleaning up after his dog.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I want George Clooney.
    Just for the eye-candy value.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BoBo

    Least you wouldn't have to worry about him putting the moves on your wife. Maybe your son but not your wife.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DudeMann

    How does he top the list with 11%, when None of the Above got 42%. Sounds to me like most people don't want to live near any of the choices they were given but I guess that doesn't keep the media frenzy over Teablow going.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wolverineturbo

    Like his caveman geico neck hair!

    December 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    I live in NY so my fantasy is to have NO neighbors.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    As a life-long leftist Democrat, I'd like to point out that most nihilistic liberals will never be half the human being that Tim Tebow is. It's nice to be nice.

    Socially moderate, fiscally moderate.....Come join us in the middle folks.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ladislav Nemec Big Bear California

    Tebow;s contribution to America is priceless. How many of us can claim our surnames as verbs? The next big dictionary of English will surely contain the verb 'to tebow' meaning to display a posture of a praying person.

    His fame is assured by thousands upon thousands of tebowing worshipers all over the internet. One of the greatest accomplishments of 2011.

    No football prize can be compared to this fame. Well done, Tebow.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rhyemskeema

    This article sent me in to a stupit-spiral. I'm stuck and I'll never get out.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      Are you sure it is the article or are you the article that is "stuck?"

      December 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      Rhyemskeema: I totally relate.
      yannaes: what are you talking about?

      December 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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