So apparently he is the most liked person in sports.  Can you guess who it is?  Sometimes his commercials are hilarious, other times cringe-worthy, but he always seems to be able to put a smile on your face simply because he doesn’t take himself too seriously.  On the football field it was quite another story. He was as serious as they came, calling plays and getting on fellow players for not executing them with utmost perfection.  Yes, a new Morning Consult survey of 565 self-described “avid sports fans” found that 79 percent viewed former NFL star Peyton Manning (#5 FEIR) favorably versus 11 percent who had an unfavorable view.  The former Indianapolis Colt and Denver Bronco comes atop the list followed closely by sports announcer Charles Barkley (#1 FEAR).

Notice anything in common between Peyton and Charles?  Both are down-to-earth dominant Empiricals, and this is quite obvious when you see see them speaking or being interviewed on television.  For the most part, both men speak their minds quite frankly, and audiences appreciate them for it, not to mention their dry sense of humor.  Jimmy Sanderson, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management at Texas Tech University, said Manning’s image as a “good country boy, old-fashioned guy” who steers clear of controversy helps make him a relatable figure.  He went on to say of Manning, “He doesn’t talk about politics.  He doesn’t really do anything that would make him divisive.”

Meanwhile, Charles could be seen as more divisive, but he does it in such a playful way that viewers find it difficult to be offended.  Just a few months ago he joked about Jussie Smollett, saying if you’re gonna fake a mugging, don’t pay your muggers using a check.  Only Mr. Barkley could have gotten away poking fun at such a controversial topic!

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