It's fascinating reading and looking at who made it into Time's 100 list of most influential people. Up on top, They refer to them as the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Whether it is positive or negative, it is up to you to discern.
For this year's edition they refer to this group as people making an IMPACT. See how it was here.
Out of the 100 influential people, six of them fit into the sports realm.
Jeremy Lin (Basketball - New York Knicks, guard) - The 23-yr old Harvard alumnus is currently sidelined due to an injury, but for a couple of months, the NBA became all about "Linsanity." The Knicks went 15-10 in his 25 starts
Tim Tebow (American Football - erstwhile with the Denver Broncos, now with the New York Jets, quarterback) - All he does is win. The Broncos went 8-5 with him last season after starting it at 1-4 with Kyle Orton manning the position. That includes one playoff win. Traded to the Jets shortly after Peyton Manning signs with the Broncos. Expressive in his faith and Good Samaritan-ship.
Novak Djokovic (Tennis) - Currently the top-ranked tennis player in the world at the age of 24, played one of the best finals matches in Open history against Rafael Nadal in the 2012 Australian Open.
Yani Tseng (Golf) - The top-ranked female professional golfer has already bagged three wins this year and 15 wins in her growing career.
Lionel Messi (Football / Soccer - FC Barcelona & Argentina) - The only thing left for him now is to win the World Cup for the Albiceleste. Otherwise, he's up there in the discussion as the best player to lace up those boots.
Oscar Pistorius (Athletics) - The South African double amputee is currently on a push to make it to the 2012 London Olympics, running the 400-m as fast as anyone who could.