Want to get rich? You may want to get in shape, find your favorite sport, and start practicing, because some of the biggest pay checks are made by athletes. We gathered the 20 highest paid among them, including their yearly income from endorsements and their salaries and prizes. Of course, if you want to be a rich athlete you need talent, skill, and a lot of discipline. So good luck and maybe we’ll see your name here in the future!
Derrick Rose: $33.9 Million – Basketball
Rose is a former MVP and was the No. 1 overall draft pick, and yet most of his pro career has been interrupted by injuries. The star has only 2 more seasons on his 5 year $95 million contract with the Chicago Bulls. Surprisingly, given his lack of court time, Rose has some of the highest off-court income given a 13-year, $185 million Adidas shoe deal he signed in 2012. In 2014, his signature shoes brought in $32 million for Adidas. And he enjoys income from endorsements with Powerade, Wilson, Skullcandy, 2K Sports, Giordano’s and Panini as well.
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