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. Beth

    What is wrong being a good person? Tebow is not asking you to follow him or talk about him. He is a remarkable young man that we rarely see in his generation in america. We all should be happy there is at least one person who can be role model for this useless generation.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      God loves everyone, even the degenerates that you've labeled as "useless"... Shame on you.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Freak

      Mclovin you are right. God loves everyone. But he is not the father of everyone. There are some who do not belong to him. They are the ones who reject Him and HIs message. Shame on them!!!!!!! Read your bible!

      December 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorcalDM

      Your generation is completely useless. Your generation brought us wars, debt, foreclosures and a messy financial crisis. Our generation has brought technological innovation and a more open society.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • RD

      Well said Beth! I don't know why everyone is making a big deal about his faith; just goes to show you that faith in society is almost extinct. You would have never heard of this just a few years ago.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      Wrong – everyone belongs to God, whether they believe it or not, and God forgives everyone.
      At least my God does – would not want to have your unforgiving God.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phlyer

    People who criticize Tebow for his quarterbacking skills and make unfavorable comparisons with QBs like Brady and Roethlisberger are ignoring the fact that Tebow is just finishing his first year as a full time NFL quarterback while Brady and Roethlisberger have been doing it for 10 and 7 years, respectively. Give the guy a chance.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      You don't know what you are talking about. This is his 2nd year in the league. He's a terrible QB. He has not thrown for over 200 yards in a game once this season. His QB rating is 75.9 this year (down from 82.1 his rookie year last year). Nice try dummy.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanNJ

      Roethlisberger and Brady both won Super Bowls in their second season. Denver will have to win it all this year if you want your comparison to hold water.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get serious

      McLovin: I've only watched two Broncos games this year, but he threw for a little above 200 in the one against Minnesota, and nearly 200 against the Patriots. He's not a great quarterback but you can't argue with the wins.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Freak

      Mclovin... The only dummies in the world are those that are offended of God and His people. Don't count Tebow out just yet. Greatness is in inevitable for this guy!

      December 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      Oooooo I stand corrected and am really impressed with the 236 yards against Chicago and the 202 yards against Minnesota – so incredible!

      December 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silva

      @ McLovin.. before call anyone a Dummy.. Tebow did pass in three different games 200 or more this year.... just saying

      December 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      God even loves the dummies and ignorant people like you Jesus Freak, and believe it or not, I do to. I love you.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barbara

    Fortunately, housing is available regardless of Race, RELIGION or national origin. Shame on CNN for having such a bigoted poll. We all can live anywhere we want. SHAME SHAME

    December 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Don M.

    I only have one thing to say about Tim Tebow....................

    My daughters cell phone number is >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    December 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the_dude

    I like how the subject of god makes gays uncomfortable.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorcalDM

      You imbecile! The whole reason why god makes lgbt uncomfortable is b/c the religious right uses to infringe upon their civil rights. Religion is used as a mechanism of hate to make sure that lgbt are considered a second-class citizen.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Freak

      I love you Norcaldm.... in Jesus Name!

      December 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe, San Diego

    Oooo I like the taste of spunk and I am a guy jceowoodard at yahooooo

    December 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    If he's my neighbor, does that hypothetical suppose that I'm rich and live in a neighborhood like he does, or that he lives in my neighborhood? It kind of determines what my answer would be.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    Tebow is a remarkable athlete with a passion for the game. With that said, he is also very dumb for wearing his religion on his sleeve. It's football. You play your hardest to beat the other team. God does not pick sides in football especially sides for athletes making millions.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bert

    No offense, but I don't need a Jesus Freak living next door to me.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Freak

      Bert, having a Jesus freak living next door to you is the best thing that can happen to you. Be careful, real careful....Jesus Freaks are everywhere. God ordained it! I love you Bert!
      Neighbor upstairs

      December 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLovin

      Even Jesus Freaks are annoying – principles not personalities are important.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. McLovin

    I'm sure that there is a place for him on the 700 Club, but not in the NFL – he's just not that good.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    nothing wrong with a little burnt chicken......

    December 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Logan

    What a pointless article. Out of only 1,000 people polled 11% chose Tebow with the the 2nd and 3rd place celebrities garnering 10% and 9%, respectively? While a whopping 42% said "NONE".

    Tebow seems to be a nice guy grounded in his beliefs . . . but the most "desirable celebrity neighbor" with only 110 votes.


    December 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    I'd vote for any of them if it meant I made enough to afford a house in their neighborhood.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. genebrady

    religion is the root of all the evil and death today on Earth.

    December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      so true

      December 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj

      Mindblowingly ignorant statement. You've been living in a predominantly Christian nation for your entire life, do you have to deal with death, violence and war on a daily basis? Don't think so. You will look more intelligent if you actually comment based on FACTS, not your own prejudices that are completely disconnected from reality.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ensense

      USSR was communist nation, china is a communist nation and they have killed more in their short span of existence then all religions combined. The fact is Atheist's like you are more likely to kill, because there is no stopping your type of guys once it starts.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      I can't abide by that statement. Religion is the root of many of the best aspects of humanity.

      Christianity and Judaism believes that God is omni-present and that there is Goodness and Truth found in other religions and Truth enlightens all men and women. Their core belief is that "If we do refuse to treat in a brotherly way any man, created as he is in the image of God, then we cannot truly call upon Him."

      Hindus believe that our souls are forever lasting that that good actions beget good, and bad begets bad. They celebrate many different aspect of the same reality, being monotheistic, polytheistic, and pantheistic simultaneously. In Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through searching of philisophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the human condition through ascetical practices and profound meditation to become closer to God.

      Islam is a religion of peace and do not believe in provoked violence (dispite modern claims) and believe in a living a moral life (by their definition). They worship God through prolific prayer, almsgiving, and fasting and take great pains to submit to His decrees. Islam is the brother religion of Christianity and Judaism.

      Buddihism in its various forms, realizes the insufficiency of the changable world> It teaches a way by which mean in a devout and confident spirit may be able to aquire perfect liberation, or attain through their own effors or higher help, supreme illumination.

      How are religions that seek peace within and without inherently evil? It is the PEOPLE within these religions who think they are wise, who do not understand that there is always more to learn, who impose their "righteousness" upon others who corrupt perhaps mankind's most sacred ideal.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SideOfBacon

    i'm going to go with more desirable neighbors: Kaley Cuoco, Katherine Heigl, Katie Perry, Olivia Munn, Cobie Smulders, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence (just to name a few).

    December 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      I want to live on your street!

      December 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
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