8 Athletes Who Made More Money Endorsing Products Than Playing Sports This Past Year

By on August 21, 2011
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Professional athletes make more money
in a year’s salary than most people make in a lifetime. 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.

Checkout this interesting list of the 8 Athletes Who Made More Money Endorsing Products Than Playing Sports This Past Year.

 

Jimmie Johnson – 62% spokesman, 38% athlete

Jimmie Johnson – 62% spokesman, 38% athlete

Endorsements: $12,000,000

Salary/Winnings: $7,264,780

Jimmie Johnson has endorsement deals with Lowe’s HardwareQuaker State, and Chevrolet.

Source: Sports Illustrated

LeBron James – 67% spokesman, 33% athlete

LeBron James – 67% spokesman, 33% athlete

Endorsements: $30,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $14,500,000

LeBron James has endorsement deals with NikeMcDonald’sCoca-Cola, and State Farm Insurance.

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

Kevin Durant – 70% spokesman, 30% athlete

Endorsements: $14,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $6,053,663

Kevin Durant has endorsements from NikeGatorade, and EA Sports.

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

Jeff Gordon – 76% spokesman, 24% athlete

Jeff Gordon – 76% spokesman, 24% athlete

Image: JeffGordon.com

Endorsements: $18,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $5,703,710

Jeff Gordon has endorsements from Pepsi, DuPont, Chevrolet, Quaker State, and Goodyear

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

Dale Earnhart, Jr. – 83% spokesman, 17% athlete

Dale Earnhart, Jr.  – 83% spokesman, 17% athlete

Endorsements: $22,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $4,572,930

Dale Earnhart, Jr. has endorsement deals with Wrangler jeansChevroletAMP Energy, and Adidas.

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

Phil Mickelson – 93% spokesman, 7% athlete

Phil Mickelson – 93% spokesman, 7% athlete

Endorsements: $57,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $4,185,933

Phil Mickelson has endorsement deals with CallawayKPMGRolex, and Barclays.

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

Tiger Woods – 96% spokesman, 4% athlete

Tiger Woods – 96% spokesman, 4% athlete

Image: YouTube

Endorsements: $60,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $2,294,116

Tiger Woods has endorsement deals with NikeEA Sports, and Kowa.

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

Kevin Garnett – 43% pitchman, 57% athlete

BONUS: Kevin Garnett – 43% pitchman, 57% athlete

Image: AP

Endorsements: $14,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $18,832,044

Kevin Garnett has endorsement deals with Zico and ANTA (his long deal with Adidas recently expired).

Source: Sports Illustrated

 

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