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BOSTON (CBS) – Forbes has released its list of The World’s 100 Highest Paid Athletes, with four Boston sports stars on the exclusive list.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and guard Logan Mankins, Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett, and Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford all made the cut, with three of them topping the $20 million mark.
Brady is listed at 28th, making $23.1 million in salary and another $4 million in endorsements. Forbes breaks it down, saying “In 2012, Brady became just the second quarterback after John Elway to lead his team to five Super Bowls. His quest for a fourth win ended in defeat at the hands of the New York Giants. Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension with the New England Patriots in 2010 that runs through 2014. The seven-time Pro Bowler has endorsement deals with Under Armour and UGGs.”
Mankins is tied for 51st with former Patriot Richard Seymour, with Mankins making $21.9 million ($21.8 million in salary and $100,000 in endorsements). Most of his annual salary in 2011 was part of the signing bonus he received with his six-year, $51 million contract.
Peyton Manning is the NFL’s highest-paid player, and 10th overall on the list, with earnings of $42.4 million.
Garnett made $17.1 million from the Celtics last year, adding another $4 million in endorsements, putting him 57th on Forbes’ list. On the All-Time NBA list, Forbes notes that KG is behind only one man.
“‘The Big Ticket’ has earned $291 million in salary during his ¬16-year career—second all-time only to Shaquille O’Neal,” the list says. “Off the court, the ticket is smaller, with just $4 million a year from endorsements.”
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Garnett is set to become a free agent this summer, and will likely take a hit when it comes to his annual salary.
The final Boston athlete on the list is Carl Crawford, who inked a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2010. He made $16.8 million in salary with another $150,000 in endorsements to place 98th on the list.
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Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquai topped the list. Tiger Woods came in third after being the sports world’s top earner since 2001.