Last week, People named Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive.” Personally, I don’t even find the guy that attractive, let alone the SEXIEST MAN ALIVE (that honor is reserved for Alex O’Laughlin, of course). But it did get me thinking, if there were a similar title for local dudes, who would it be.
To make this determination, I turned to social media to seek nominations. Then, using a proprietary software (which may or may not be a pen and paper) and the counsel of a hand-picked panel of local folks who represent a range of ages, races, occupations and sexual preferences, I arrived at the “Sexiest Man in Jacksonville.” (The identities of said panelists are a highly guarded secret. I will never reveal their names or comments even under penalty of law.)
So without further ado, I present to you the Sexiest Man in Jacksonville…
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Occupation: music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic
What makes him sexy? “Besides being good looking, obviously, he is intelligent and so passionate about music. The accent doesn’t hurt.” (quote from a supporter)
NOTE: From the start there was controversy over Lewis’ nomination, namely that he doesn’t even live in Jacksonville and only pops in a couple times a year to conduct the symphony and leave the streets of Downtown covered in charisma. While I don’t disagree with Lewis’ selection, I do have to agree with the fact that he isn’t a true Jacksonvillian. So I, once again, crunched the numbers (whatever that means) and consulted my secret panel to come up with a truly sexy, true Jacksonvillian. As it turns out, there were so many, we couldn’t decide on just one.
That said, I present to you the 10 Sexiest Men in Jacksonville (in alpha order). Eat your hearts out, straight ladies and gay guys and bisexual peeps.
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Occupation: senior partner at LEAP Collaborative LLC , president and CEO of JumpingFish, also an open water marathon swimmer
What makes him sexy: “He’s fit, fearless and not afraid to wear a Speedo.”
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Occupation: chef/owner at Corner Taco
What makes him sexy: “He’s got that rugged but boy-next-door thing happening … And he can cook!”
Occupation: owner/founder, 904Fitness, personal trainer
What makes him sexy? Watch the video above. ‘Nuff said.
Occupation: Manager of Political Affairs at JAX Chamber
What makes him sexy? “Of course, there are his looks, but he’s a family man. He coaches little league and brags about his wife and kids.”
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Occupation: senior private banker with Wells Fargo
What makes him sexy: “He’s smart and charming. And he’s always dressed impeccably.”
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Occupation: playwright/performance poet/actor and host and producer of State of the Re:Union on NPR
What makes him sexy: “Passion. Talent. And that voice.”
Occupation: director of Warriors Speak at Wounded Warrior Project, motivational speaker and Army war veteran
What makes him sexy: “He’s really good looking, and it’s sexy that he overcame his injuries to inspire others.” (Nevis is a double amputee who also sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.)
Occupation: college football analyst for ESPN and NFL quarterback (free agent)
What makes him sexy” “His eyes, his body, his athleticism, his kind soul and his determination. He’s TIM mother f’in TEBOW!”
Incidentally, Tebow was also named one of People’s Sexiest Men. “It sort of hits me out of the blue when I find out that anyone finds me attractive,” he told People. “I mean, it’s a great compliment, but I’m just trying to do the right things and live my life in the right way. I want to be noticed for the right reasons.”
Humility. Also very sexy.
Occupation: First Coast News anchor
What makes him sexy: “Unlike most TV news people, Lew doesn’t take himself too seriously. He has a great sense of humor and is easy on the eyes. And he has great hair!”
Occupation: director of patrol and enforcement with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (retired) and candidate for sheriff
What makes him sexy: “He’s humble but confident and smart as hell. And he’s the kind of neighbor we all want…great to have a beer with but the first guy you call if someone is breaking into your house.”
Well, there you have it: the sexiest men in Jacksonville. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions, which included a dog with clip-on bangs, a few nameless waiters, a janitor from some elementary school and my brother. And I applaud John Phillips for his concerted efforts to get Jaxson de Ville on the list.
Agree? Disagree? Post your comments below.
And make it a sexy day!