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.
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.