Found May 03, 2012 on Next Impulse Sports:
ESPN The Magazine ESPN recently released a list of the top paid athletes in 31 sports based on salaries and or prize money from 2011.  The earnings represent salaries and/or prize money from 2011 or most recent season; excludes endorsements, appearance fees, sponsorships and other income sources.  After perusing the athletes we found some surprises which left us scratching our head.   Of course, the list featured many of the usual suspects such as Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, and Wayne Rooney but it is the inclusion of the lesser-known athletes and sports which really peaked our interest.  Let’s dig into some of these surprises: -  Who made the most money in 2011 in the NFL?  I had to reread the list a few times in order to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me but Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson is #1 in overall pro football compensation.   Johnson earned a ridiculous $34 million during the 2011 season which is due to a front loaded first year  of a six-year, $72 ...
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