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Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson ranks 29th among highest paid U.S. athletes

Calvin Johnson was the only member of the Detroit Lions to make Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 — a list of the 50 highest paid players in the United States that was released Wednesday.

Johnson, who broke the single season receiving yards record in 2012, signed a deal in March 2012 that paid him $21,750,000 last season. He also earned $850,000 in endorsements to bring his total to $22,600,000.  

Six NFL players ranked ahead of Johnson who wasn’t ranked last year.

Drew Brees ranks third with total earnings of $47,800,00, Denver’s Peyton Manning comes in at No. 8 with $31 million in earnings; Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson ranks 15th with $25,360,000; Buffalo’s Mario Williams comes in at 18th with $25,150,000; Tampa Bay’s Carl Nicks at 21st with $24,285,000 (no endorsements); Houston’s Matt Schaub at 27th with $22,780,000 total.

For the NFL players, the season that ended in February was used for the calculations.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., ranks first with $90 million in earnings which includes no endorsement money. Tiger Woods had been first a year ago and was knocked down to fifth.

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