Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/20/12

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning spent a few moments on Tuesday morning checking out customers and handing out donuts at the drive-through after a new sponsorship deal with Dunkin' Donuts was announced, but it's not something he'll ever have to worry about doing full time. A day prior to his first shift working for the man, Forbes released their list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, and sitting comfortably at number 30 was good ole' Easy-E, pulling in a cool $26.6 million.

“[I] bagged groceries at a grocery store in Mississippi, my grandfather’s store in eighth grade," Manning said Tuesday. “Did that for a few weeks. That was probably my only truly working experience. Never had too much of a formal job before."

Although Eli deserves to be paid tremendously after two Super Bowl MVPs, the way NFL franchises convert salary into signing bonuses skewed his number a bit and likely propelled him higher up the list than he would have been prior to his contract being restructured in March.

Several players, like No. 30 Eli Manning, had their 2012 salaries converted into signing bonuses and paid out in March to alleviate team’s salary cap issues, which further goosed the number of NFL players in the top 100.

The $26.6 million breakdown showed that Manning earned $18.6 million in salary and an additional $8 million in endorsements – which included neither his recent sponsorship with Pampers, nor his his recent sponsorship with Dunkin Donuts.

Other NFL players ahead of Eli on the earnings list, from highest to lowest, include Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ($42.4 million), Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($37.3 million), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald ($36.8 million), Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ($36 million), Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson ($34.4 million), Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams ($33.2 million), New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis ($28.3 million), St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford ($27.8 million) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ($27.1 million).

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man they call "Money", topped the list at $85 million.


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