DENVER - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is ranked eighth on the Sports Illustrated Fortunate 50 list, which lists the 50 highest-earning professional athletes in the United States.
Manning cashed in with $31 million in salary and endorsements last year. The 37-year-old quarterback made $18 million in salary from the Broncos and $13 million in endorsements.
Among the endorsements Manning has pitched in the past are Master Card, DirecTV, Gatorade and Oreo cookies.
Manning had an active year off the field. He first signed a deal to open 21 Papa John’s in Denver and his wife, Ashley Manning, and joined former NBA player Penny Hardaway in an ownership deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
But not all the yards through the air or in pizza sales could catch boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. who dominated the list by reeling in $90 million.
“Money” Mayweather Jr. signed an eye-opening deal with Showtime that guarantees him at least $32 million for six bouts.
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was second with just over $56 million and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was third with $47.8 million.
The 2013 Fortunate 50 was compiled by Sports Illustrated special contributor Daniel Roberts, a writer-reporter for Fortune Magazine. The list consists solely of salary, winnings, bonuses and endorsements. Roberts consulted with players’ associations, tour records, online databases, agents and reports. Endorsement estimates came from a stable of marketing executives, agents, and other experts, including Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing.
The complete list will be featured on the May 20th edition of Sports Illustrated.
The rest of the top ten list below:
- 1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – $90,000,000
- 2. LeBron James - $56,545,000
- 3. Drew Brees - $47,800,000
- 4. Kobe Bryant - $46,850,000
- 5. Tiger Woods - $40,839,027
- 6. Phil Mickelson - $39,528,630
- 7. Derrick Rose - $33,403,000
- 8. Peyton Manning - $31,000,000
- 9. Alex Rodriguez - $29,900,000
- 10. Zach Greinke - $29,020,000