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Aaron Hernandez was top trending athlete on Google in 2013

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

In the year 2013, Google isn't a company. It's a thing you do when you need information. Sports fans are always searching for information, but what did they seek out the most in the past year? Well, according to Google's Zeitgeist there wasn't a more cranked up search term in sports than Aaron Hernandez.

Oof. Actually, Hernandez was the biggest "trending" athlete of anyone, which means he was the search topic "with the largest increase in search volume since the previous period.

So Hernandez wasn't necessarily the "most-searched athlete" per se, although clearly he saw a lot of searches. That's what happens when you're implicated in homicide -- and indicted with murder -- a few months before the NFL season begins.

As far as actual NFL athletes go, no one topped ... Ray Lewis. Oh.

Lewis was trailed by Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick as the most-Googled athletes in 2013. That's not too surprising of a list, although Kaep landing on it over someone like Robert Griffin III is a little shocking I guess.

As far as teams go, no one beat the Ravens. That's what happens when you win the 2013 Super Bowl. The Seahawks, Dolphins, 49ers and Falcons rounded out the top five. (Richie Incognito was listed as the No. 7 trending athlete as well, coming in above Lewis in terms of the year-over-year increase in traffic.)

The lesson as always? If you want to get Googled a bunch, win in the playoffs or have a massive, national-media-covered scandal involving bullying in your locker room.

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