The 29 North American athletes in the exclusive $200 million club

  • There are 29 players in North American sports history who have made at least $US200 million.
  • The list is loaded with NBA players, MLB players, and NFL quarterbacks.
  • The list is updated through the 2018 NFL and MLB seasons and the 2018-19 NBA and NHL seasons.

While Harper will eventually join the $US200 million club for career earnings, he is not there yet. On the other hand, there are 29 athletes who have made at least $US200 million in their careers.

The list includes 12 players from the NBA, 11 from Major League Baseball, six NFL quarterbacks, and none from the NHL.

Using contract data obtained by Spotrac.com and other sources, here are the 29 highest-paid players in North American sports history.


29. Justin Verlander — $US201.3 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $US28.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 7

Cy Young Awards: 1


28. Philip Rivers, QB — $US202.9 million

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season earnings: $US32 million (2015; includes $US17 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 8

First-team All-Pro: 0


27. Aaron Rodgers, QB — $US204.0 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season earnings: $US66.9 million (2018; includes $US57.5 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 7

First-team All-Pro: 2


26. Joe Johnson — $US214.0 million

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Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $US24.9 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0


25. Pau Gasol — $US215.0 million

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Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US19.3 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 6

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0


24. Tom Brady, QB — $US217.2 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season earnings: $US28.8 million (2016; includes $US28.0 million signing bonus)

Championships: 5

Pro Bowls: 14

First-team All-Pro: 3


23. Mark Teixeira — $US217.7 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $US23.1 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 3

MVP Awards: 0


22. Adrian Beltre — $US220.1 million

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Seasons: 21

Highest single-season salary: $US18.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

MVP Awards: 0


21. Drew Brees, QB — $US221.7 million

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Seasons: 18

Highest single-season earnings: $US40 million (2012; includes $US37 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 12

First-team All-Pro: 1


20. Chris Paul ― $US222.5 million

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Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $US35.7 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 9

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4


19. Joe Mauer — $US223.3 million

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $US23.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

MVP Awards: 1


18. Manny Ramirez — $US223.4 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US23.9 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 12

MVP Awards: 0


17. Dwight Howard — $US234.5 million

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $US23.2 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 8

NBA First-team All-NBA: 5


16. Eli Manning, QB — $US235.3 million

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season earnings: $US37 million (2015; included $US31 million signing bonus)

Championships: 2

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 0


15. Carmelo Anthony ― $US238.3 million

Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US26.2 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0


14. Chris Bosh — $US239.1 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $US23.7 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 11

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0


13. Tim Duncan ― $US242.0 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US22.2 million

Championships: 5

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 10


12. Carlos Beltran — $US245.7 million

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Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $US19.4 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 9

MVP Awards: 0


11. Peyton Manning, QB — $US248.7 million

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Seasons: 18

Highest single-season earnings: $US35 million (2004; includes $US34.5 million signing bonus)

Championships: 2

Pro Bowls: 14

First-team All-Pro: 7


10. Miguel Cabrera — $US249.9 million

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US30.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 11

MVP Awards: 2


9. Dirk Nowitzki ― $US251.6 million

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Seasons: 21

Highest single-season salary: $US25.0 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 14

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4


8. CC Sabathia — $US256.8 million

Gregory Shamus

Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US25.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1


7. Derek Jeter — $US266.2 million

Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $US22.6 million

World Series Titles: 5

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 0


6. LeBron James ― $US269.5 million

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US35.7 million

Championships: 3

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 12


5. Albert Pujols — $US270.5 million

Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US27.0 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 10

MVP Awards: 3


4. Shaquille O’Neal ― $US286.3 million

Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US27.7 million

Championships: 4

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 8


3. Kobe Bryant ― $US323.3 million

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Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $US30.5 million

Championships: 5

All-Star Games: 18

NBA First-team All-NBA: 11


2. Kevin Garnett ― $US334.3 million

Seasons: 21

Highest single-season salary: $US28 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4


1. Alex Rodriguez — $US445.2 million

Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $US33.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 3


Now check out where Bryce Harper ranks among MLB players this season.

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