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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What do Matt Lauer, Warren Buffet, Pippa Middleton and Tim Tebow have in common?

They're some of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world.

The 2012 edition of the annual list is out this week.

Tebow fans are excited to see his name on the list.

"He's the all-American guy," saidUniversity of Floridafan Paul Lundy.

"Everybody believes in him," Jeff Keeney, another UF fan added.

Tebow's article is written by New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

In it, Lin refers to Tebow's work ethic and competitiveness, but said it's his qualities off the field that set Tebow apart.

"He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out," the article reads. "As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that."

"I think because of his faith," Lundy said. "I think what he does with the youth, what he does with special gifted athletes... that's probably a good thing."

"He seems genuine, like he's for real, down to earth," said FSU fan Anthony Mallumaci. "You have to respect that, even though he's a Gator."

Some who aren't fans of Tebow as a player, like FSU alum Tom Bustetter, still respect him as a person.

"I respect the things that he does, that he helps other people and motivates other people to do better," Bustetter said.

Some agree his place on the list has more to do with his life off the field.

Tebow is not without critics.

But whether he's on your team or that other team, most said his spot on the list is deserved.

"He's using his fame and he's using his power as an individual and as a sports figure for bettering other people's lives," Mallumaci said. "You have to respect that."

Other recognizable names on the list include Rihanna, Marco Rubio, Harvey Weinstein, Warren Buffett, and President Barack Obama.

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