No NFL players rank among 20 most famous athletes, according to ESPN

The National Football League is the most popular sport in the United States. It’s hard to deny, when a second-round NFL playoff game last season drew more viewers than a historic Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. It’s no surprise that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the first NFL player listed in ESPN’s “World Fame 100,” but it is surprising he was only No. 21.