NEW ORLEANS -- Saints All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees has been named the most powerful athlete in the United States by a group that studied more than 3,000 sports figures.
The 2012 "Power 100" was compiled for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. A team from CSE Analytics evaluated athletes across a variety of sports, basing half of its assessment on performance on the field and the other half on non-sports factors.
CSE Analytics said it used a range of industry statistics in compiling the rankings.
Three NFL quarterbacks topped the list. Brees was ranked first, followed by the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady.
New Orleans native Eli Manning ranks 15th and his brother, Peyton Manning, is listed 51st after missing the 2011 season due to injury. Peyton Manning ranked first just one year ago.
Brees' contributions on the field have turned the New Orleans Saints into one of the league's most successful franchises, winning the Super Bowl two years ago and compiling a record of 13-3 in 2011. His 5,476 passing yards last season set a new NFL record.
Off the field, the Brees Dream Foundation has contributed more than $7 million to causes that have included medical research and community projects.
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