Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career.In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.We started with Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid athletes and expanded the pool from there using a variety of domestic and international sources to make sure we didn't overlook any legitimate candidates.(You can find the 2016 World Fame 100 here.) We also sought input from ESPN journalists around the world, including colleagues in our bureaus in Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, released a public statement on Christopher's sudden passing Saturday.'We are all saddened to leam of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft's pilot.Fans once jilted by James adore him again, and, still dominating at age 32, he might be delivering them thrills for years to come.James received rave reviews for his appearance in the 2015 Amy Schumer film "Trainwreck" and is slated to star in the forthcoming "Space Jam 2." Will he add an Oscar to his four MVP trophies? -- Thomas Neumann "I've never seen a man in my life tell an entire state: 'Get on my back, I got you.For special situations (esports and China) we used two additional categories: other social media -- for when the athlete was more relevant on a platform outside the Big Three (Twitch, for example, although no gamers made the top 100) -- and, in China's case, Baidu search score, because Google is blocked there.Salary is not used as a factor because of differences among sports. We have also excluded amateur athletes -- Deshaun Watson, Lonzo Ball and Katie Ledecky, for example -- due to lack of salary and endorsements.They have both been blessed with a genius that has never been seen before." -- Carlos Queiroz, former Real Madrid and Portugal manager Hero ... James turned the moribund Cavaliers into a contender -- only to take his talents to Miami in 2010 and win two championships with the Heat.