All the online and social media activity has been calculated and it's a far-and-away winner for the top spot of the most popular athlete from Illinois list.

The Most Popular Athlete From Illinois

Someone or something measures everything you and I do online, if it isn't Google, it's every social media account you have. Some number-crunching sports fans wanted to see who the most popular athletes from the state of Illinois might be and they used our online activity to find out.

What athletes were we searching for the most, on Google, Wikipedia, or anywhere else for that matter?

Which athlete was tagged the most on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram?

Which athletes saw the most social media audience growth? did all the number crunching to find the Most Popular Athletes from Illinois.

When you see who topped the list, it may be his looks that drove his numbers, not his overall athletic performance.

Let's start at #5 and work our way to the top spot.

Most Popular Athletes from Illinois


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Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose was born October 4, 1988, and raised in Chicago and attended Simeon Career Academy. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2008 and was voted Rookie of the Year in 2009. He currently plays for the New York Knicks.

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Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins was born in Barrington, Illinois on August 19, 1988, and is currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley was born in Chicago on July 212, 1988, and attended Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora as a freshman before transferring to John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago. He is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, regarded by many as one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history was born on March 11, 1993, in Chicago. Anthony played high school basketball at Perspectives Charter School. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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#1 Most Popular Athlete from Illinois

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Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois on November 11, 1991. Jimmy attended Rolling Meadows High School. He is currently playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

There is one other athlete that made this list of most popular from Illinois and he's from MY town, Rockford.

#9 (but #1 in our hearts)

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Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet was born in Rockford, Illinois on February 25, 1994, and graduated from Auburn High School. he currently plays for the Toronto Raptors.

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