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Which Athlete Is The Most Searched For By South Dakotans?

When folks in South Dakota head to Google to look up their favorite athlete, which name do they type in most often?

The answer: Minnesota Vikings running Adrian Peterson.

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

The folks at BestTicket.com complied a list of the most ‘Googled’ athletes by state, and AP is #1 not only in South Dakota, but also North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Our neighbors in Nebraska are apparently more basketball-oriented, looking up LeBron James more than any other athlete.

And they’re not alone.

LeBron dominates the poll, topping the most searched for list in 23 of the 50 states.  Peyton Manning is a distant second with seven states, Peterson and Tom Brady are each claimed by four states.

Certain ‘one-staters’ have obvious geographical connections:

Russell Wilson – Washington

Kobe Bryant – California

Floyd Mayweather – Nevada

Johnny Manziel – Texas

Kevin Durant – Oklahoma

Aaron Rodgers – Wisconsin

Derrick Rose – Illinois

Geno Smith – West Virginia

The biggest head scratcher of them all?  Tiger Woods carried just one state.

But Tiger isn’t the favorite in a golf hotbed like California (his home state), Arizona, or Florida.

Nope.

Tiger is the most searched for athlete in (of all places) Vermont!

So, which sport is most popular?

No surprise here, it’s the NFL.  Pro football is number one (or shares the top spot) in a staggering 49 of the 50 states.  Only New Yorkers disagree, selecting the NBA ahead of the NFL.

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