Sports Illustrated compiled their seventh-annual "Fortunate 50" list. Jets' QB Mark Sanchez, despite his young age, managed to make the list.
Sanchez ranked 48th, and was cited for receiving $16.46 million in football earnings and $500,000 in endorsements.
Patriots DT Vince Wilfork also made the list and was ranked 38th, receiving $18.9 million in football earnings and $75,000 in endorsements.
As far as SI's critieron for making the list?
To compile the list, SI explained it used "salaries, winnings and bonus figures from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports" from the most recently completed season and "endorsement estimates from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts and agents."
The top 5 athletes to make the list should surprise no one:
Tiger Woods --- $90.5M
Phil Mickelson --- $61.66M
Floyd Mayweather Jr. --- $60.25M
Lebron James ---- $45.78M
Alex Rodriguez ---- $37.0M
Oh and, it should be noted...... Tom Brady did not make the list!