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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.

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#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

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#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


#40 Chris Paul

Salary: $13,169,643
Endorsements: $6,000,000

Total: $19,169,643

#48 Chris Bosh

Salary: $12,898,112

Total: $16,898,112


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