TORONTO -- Don't make too much of recent criticism over defensive range, contract negotiations and All-Star Game absences. Yankees captain Derek Jeter is actually America's favorite male athlete, according to the Harris Poll's annual survey.
Harris Interactive polled 2,163 adults from June 13-20 on their favorite athletes, and for the first time since originally being on the list in 2004, Jeter led the males, with tennis star Serena Williams leading the women for the third straight year.
Iconic golfer Tiger Woods had been the most popular athlete since '06, but fell to fifth in 2011.
After ranking third last year, Jeter -- who recently became the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club -- now leads the pack, with the rest out of the Top 10 respectively rounding out this way: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, Woods, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Bulls guard Derrick Rose, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.