Tom Brady Ranks As Ninth Highest-Paid American Athlete


The ground is hard. The sun is bright. Tom Brady is rich.

Just how rich? Brady ranks ninth on Sports Illustrated’s “Fortunate 50” list that features the 50 top-earning American athletes in 2011. The list ranks the athletes by tabulating salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.

Brady earned $30,007,280 in the last year, including $20,007,280 in salary and $10 million in endorsements. He ranked third among NFL players, behind Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (fourth overall with $38,070,000) and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (eighth overall, $32.7 million).

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett ranked seventh with $32,832,044. Sports Illustrated said Garnett will earn more than $300 million in his NBA career

Tiger Woods ranked No. 1 with nearly $63.3 million in earnings, and he was followed by Phil Mickelson, LeBron James, Manning, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Garnett, Ryan, Brady and Dwight Howard.

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford ($20.5 million) was ranked 28th, Sox righty Josh Beckett ($16.15 million) was 46th and Celtics captain Paul Pierce (about $15.7 million) was 49th.

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