Recently Business Week released their Power 100.
It's the combination of athletic achievement plus the ability to connect with an audience on a deeper, more personal level that separates mere jocks from the stars. Indeed, the everyman image often earns the highest ranking and the biggest earnings.
With the sunshine, fan fare, and star power in San Diego you expect this list to be sprinkled with local athletes and it is, just not how you would have hoped.
#2 Snowboarding Icon and San Diego Native Shaun White
#4 Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson
#22 Misson Bay High alum Arian Foster (#5 football)
#23 Five Time Nascar Champion Jimmie Johnson
#61 Former Charger HB Michael Turner
#68 Former Charger HB LaDainian Tomlinson
Respectable representation for the city, but I know what you are wondering...where are the Chargers? Check out the list below.
#5 Tom Brady
#7 Drew Brees
#17 Eli Manning
#35 Aaron Rodgers
#37 Philip Rivers
The sixth ranked quarterback on the list and the largest sports icon in San Diego Rivers shows up at 37. I was surprised that Antonio Gates, the top tight end in the league did not crack a list that included 28 NFL players. After Gates and Rivers most of the Chargers players are not household names outside of San Diego. If they are it is not necessarily for the right reasons.
I was surprised that Rivers was ranked that low, considering he could run for Mayor next term in San Diego and win going away. The ranking is far too low when you also think about how much juice this guy has, not only in San Diego, but in the Southern California market.