Cleveland Browns linebacker, David Bowens, tops the list of Rising Sports Stars to watch in the month of November. The list identifies sports stars with the greatest leap in popularity over the prior 30 days. A meteoric rise may indicate a standout on-the-field performance, off-the-field achievement, or emergence from utility player to celebrity.
Rising Sports Stars is distributed by Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT), a company that calculates daily consumer affinity based on a proprietary combination of media exposure, performance, awards, popularity, engagement, and fan base, among other indicators, for more than 40,000 athletes and celebrities.
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November Rising Sports Stars
Cleveland Browns linebacker, David Bowens, was named top AFC defensive player for Week 7 after returning two interceptions for touchdowns in an upset win at New Orleans. This is the first time the 12-year veteran has been named a top player of the week, and is only the third linebacker since 1970 with two interception return touchdowns in a single game.
Green Bay Packers linebacker, Desmond Bishop, has been given his chance as a starter ever since linebacker Nick Barnett’s season-ending wrist injury. In only three games, he’s proven his value with 31 tackles, 3 pass defenses, and 1 interception returned for a touchdown.
PGA Tour’s Jonathan Byrd made history by becoming the first golfer to win a PGA Tour title with a hole-in-one. The American aced the par-three on the fourth hole of a three-man playoff at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
LA Lakers point guard, Steve Blake, injected some fire into his team beginning in the final minutes of the Lakers’ home opening game against the Houston Rockets. His performance helped the Lakers in their come-from-behind win 112-110.
San Diego Chargers linebacker, Antwan Applewhite, has had a strong performance ever since being named starting outside linebacker after Shawne Merriman’s calf injury.
Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans)
Colby Lewis (Texas Rangers)
Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)
Blake Griffin (LA Clippers)
Brian Wilson (San Francisco Giants)
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