Power 100 rank: 61
Rank last year: Unranked
Sport: NFL/Minnesota Vikings—DE
Most recent notable achievement: 2012 Pro Bowl, NFC
Key sponsors: Nike
Why he’s on the list: If the NFL revolves around its superstar quarterbacks, not far behind in the football hierarchy are the highly paid men who chase the passers. Jared Allen is the current king of those pass-rushing specialists. His 22 quarterback sacks last year doubled his previous year’s total and nearly beat Michael Strahan’s league record of 22.5. A noted free spirit, Allen channeled his calf-roping days for a signature sack dance and says he’d like to turn to the rodeo when he retires.
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