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Americans have spoken about who is the greatest athlete of all time.

According to, data using Twitter geo-tracking was compiled over the past week, including hashtags and direct keyword phrases about which athletes are the best or greatest ever. Out of over 130,000 tweets, the study revealed that North Carolina and South Carolina are split on who they say is the greatest of all time in sports.

South Carolina said Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady was at the top of the list. The seven-time Super Bowl winner received the G.O.A.T. nod from a majority of the fifty states. On the other hand, North Carolina sided with their native son, six-time world champion and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan.

Eight athletes were named in total. Five from the NFL which were all quarterbacks. Two NBA players with just one of them being a current player, and a tennis legend as the lone female to round out the list.

Here’s the data collected from all 50 states and in order for the most support.

Tom Brady – 20 states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Alaska)

Michael Jordan – 11 states (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Utah)

LeBron James – 11 states (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, New Jersey, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Hawaii)

Serena Williams – 4 states (Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, Maryland)

Peyton Manning – 1 state (Indiana)

Aaron Rodgers – 1 state (Wisconsin)

Joe Montana – 1 state (California)

John Elway – 1 state (Colorado)