Professional athletes make more money in a year’s salary than most people make in a lifetime.
And when you add in the money made from endorsement deals, some athletes’ total earnings near the billion dollar mark.
In fact, a few of these sports figures make more money filming a commercial than playing in a giant stadium.
Especially golfers and race car drivers who make most of their money hawking products.
We’ve compiled a list of athletes who made more money on endorsements than they did playing their respective sports using Sports Illustrated’s The Fortunate 50.
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