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Eli Manning New York's Most Powerful Athlete

The most powerful man in New York sports is not New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, though he might tell you that he is. Or even New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, though his might be the first name you think of in regards to New York sports. According to Bloomberg Business Week, that distinction goes to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Here is what Bloomsberg wrote about Manning:

The past two seasons have been rough for Eli Manning—he just missed the playoffs in each—but Manning's selling power remains strong. Memories of his amazing last-second triumph in Super Bowl XLII remains fresh. Athough he led the league with 25 interceptions last season, we estimate that he took home $7 million in endorsements for the year.

Jeter, incidentally, is 26th on the list. That rank is actually up for 33rd a year ago for the Yankee shortstop.

The aging Yankee hasn't been batting quite as well in recent years but that hasn't harmed Derek Jeter's stature on or off the diamond. Last year wasn't bad: Jeter was selected as an All-Star for the 11th time and signed a $51 million deal to play three more years with the Yankees.

Other New York athletes on the list:

Robinson Cano (54th), Amar'e Stoudemire (58th), LaDainian Tomlinson (68th), Mark Teixeira (69th), Alex Rodriguez (81st), CC Sabathia (95th).

Now, if Manning could just find his Superman cape and stop throwing interceptions.