Yesterday, we brought you the top 15 highest-earning American athletes, but there are still a few of our favorite ballers worth mentioning.
Sports Illustrated Top 50 Highest Paid American Athletes Honorable Mentions
This year's list is unique for a couple more reasons. NBA players, who have historically claimed more spots in the Fortunate 50 than any other group, had their salaries slashed by nearly 20 percent this season because of the 66-game schedule brought on by the lockout of 2011. Our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2012 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (July 1 for the NFL, which is why Drew Brees, who just signed a $100 million deal last Friday, isn't on the list). For winnings-based sports (auto racing, golf, tennis), we used the 2011 calendar year. Boxing purses are from June 2011 through May 2012. Candidates for the U.S. 50 had to be American citizens and currently active in their sports.It's not as those athletes that didn't make the top 15 are hurtin' for a buck. Images via WENN/AP/SplashNews Source Hit the flip to see if/where your favorite athlete might land on the list.
#16 Dwyane Wade Salary: $12,638,500 Endorsements: $12,000,000 Total: $24,638,500
#19 Derrick Rose Salary: $5,621,880 Endorsements: $18,230,770 Total: $23,852,650
#20 CC Sabathia Salary: $23,000,000 Endorsements: $800,000 Total: $23,800,000
#22 Prince Fielder Salary: $23,000,000 Endorsements: $250,000 Total: $23,250,000
#23 Calvin Johnson Salary: $21,750,000 Endorsements: $1,000,000 Total: $22,750,000
#24 Amare Stoudemire Salary: $14,665,250 Endorsements: $8,000,000 Total: $22,665,250
#26 Tom Brady Salary: $12,250,000 Endorsements: $10,000,000 Total: $22,250,000
#27 Kevin Garnett Salary: $17,103,870 Endorsements: $5,000,000 Total: $22,103,870
#31 Eli Manning Salary: $11,750,000 Endorsments: $10,000,000 Total: $21,750,000
#32 Ryan Howard Salary: $20,000,000 Endorsements: $1,500,000 Total: $21,500,000
#34 Tim Duncan Salary: $17,146,500 Endorsements: $3,500,000 Total:$20,646,500
#40 Chris Paul Salary: $13,169,643 Endorsements: $6,000,000 Total: $19,169,643
#48 Chris Bosh Salary: $12,898,112 Endorsements:$4,000,000 Total: $16,898,112