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Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in an image he shared on Twitter last weekend. (@DangeRussWilson Twitter Photo)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is trying to win another NFL championship, but on Tuesday he locked up the title of Most Valued Athlete in Social Media for the second straight year.

Wilson was joined in the top 10 by his Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman. And fellow Seattle sports star Robinson Cano of the Mariners was the top-ranking social athlete among Major League Baseball players.

The ranking of U.S. professional and Olympic athletes was compiled by social measurement platform MVPindex and digital sports network 120 Sports. Athletes were ranked using a proprietary algorithm that evaluates all of their social activity throughout the past year. The ranking combines three separate scores: Reach (fans, followers, impressions); Engagement (likes, comments, shares, retweets, favorites); and Conversation (positive/negative mentions).

The top three and six of the top 10 athletes are NFL players:

  • Russell Wilson (NFL)
  • Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL)
  • J.J. Watt (NFL)
  • Rory McIlroy (PGA TOUR)
  • Conor McGregor (UFC)
  • LeBron James  (NBA)
  • Tiger Woods (PGA TOUR)
  • Richard Sherman (NFL)
  • Tom Brady (NFL)
  • Rob Gronkowski (NFL)

Wilson — who can be found here on Twitter and Instagram — claimed the top spot with an overall ranking of 0.983, remaining at the center of the social spotlight in 2016 not only for his athletic performance, but also for his recent marriage to singer Ciara, impending fatherhood and his many images of visits to sick kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Blue Friday! #GoHawks #WeBelieve

A post shared by Russell Wilson (@dangerusswilson) on

The Greatest Blessing of All. Forever Grateful. #BabyWilsonOnTheWay

A post shared by Russell Wilson (@dangerusswilson) on

Here are the top-rated athletes in various sports:

  • Robinson Cano (MLB)
  • Conor McGregor (UFC)
  • Russell Wilson (NFL)
  • Rory McIlroy (PGA TOUR)
  • LeBron James (NBA)
  • Alex Morgan (US Soccer)
  • Serena Williams (WTA)
  • Jeff Gordon (NASCAR)
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings (AVP)

120 Sports will reveal the full list of 25 Top Valued Athletes in Social Media tonight at 9 p.m. ET on its nightly sports show, “The Rally,” exclusively on Twitter.

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