The Fortunate 50 is a list of the highest-earning American athletes. The top of the list includes the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Floyd Mayweather (his nickname is Money for a reason), LeBron James and Alex Rodriguez. 11th on the list is the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford.â†µ
Stafford will earn $27.6 million in salary and endorsements in 2010, according to Sports Illustrated's annual list of the "Fortunate 50" -- the top 50 American money makers in sports.â†µ
Of Stafford's total, $750,000 is from endorsements.â†µ
Based on the contract he will probably get and the endorsements he already has, there's a good chance Ndamukong Suh could be up near the top ten on next year's list. For Stafford, he will probably be pretty high again, especially if the 2010 season goes well for he and the Lions.