Our sister site The Verge has named Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard to its Top 50 Most Important People List. The site is dedicated to covering "the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture", and saw fit to add Howard to its list, mostly for his performance at the World Cup in Brazil. Here is what they had to say about Howard(link here):
This summer, Tim Howard galvanized and united a nation in truly unique fashion. The United States has been an almost impenetrable fortress for soccer, but Howard's heroics during the World Cup in Brazil earned him widespread appreciation and triggered an outburst of patriotic pride in the typically neglected US men's team.
The American goalkeeper broke the record for most recorded saves in a World Cup match during the contest against Belgium on July 1st, and became an overnight web meme. Despite the team eventually losing that match and being knocked out, Howard's resolute performances throughout the tournament will ensure that this year's World Cup is one Americans will not soon forget.
Having been briefly appointed US Secretary of Defense by a particularly ingenious Wikipedia editor, Tim Howard now continues his professional career as the goalkeeper of Everton FC in the English Premier League. For his superlative efforts on the international stage, Howard recently collected the 2014 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award, which topped off a year in which he broke the US career records for both wins and appearances. Somewhere, right now, he's almost certainly saving something.
See the rest of the list here.