Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Four Boston Pro Athletes Among Forbes' List Of Top 100 Highest Paid In 2012
As the saying goes, playing professional sports in New England isn't for everybody. There is tons of pressure and an insane level of scrutiny but it is also doubly rewarding when you do well since we will shower you with an unhealthy level of love and affection.
Forbes' List of the Top 100 highest paid athletes in 2012 proves that playing for the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox also has another positive aspect: you'll get paid handsomely. Bottom line, if you're a great competitor, you want to play in a market like this since the fans care so much and are for the most part very knowledgeable about the respective sports.
No surprise that Pats quarterback Tom Brady has the top spot locally at No. 28. He earned $23.1 million in salary and $4 million in endorsements. He's joined by teammate Logan Mankins who checks in at No. 51. New England's outstanding offensive lineman made $21.9 million in salary and $100,000 in endorsements. Haha I have no clue what Mankins pitches, maybe cowboy boots or trucks?
Celtics big man Kevin Garnett is the only guy on his team that's on the list. He was 57th, making $17.1 million in salary and $4 million in endorsements.
Finally, the last Boston athlete to sneak onto the list is Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford. Obviously, his inclusion is the one that sticks out the most since he had an awful first season with Boston last year and he has yet to play in a game this season due to a bunch of injuries. He was 98th with $16.8 million in salary and $150,000 in endorsements. I guess those Dunkin' Donuts ads don't pay what they used to.
There were no Bruins on the list which is probably a good thing since it would give Tim Thomas something else to complain about on his Facebook page. That stupid government! Apropos of nothing, he is tied for the third highest paid Bruin next season ($5 million) behind captain Zdeno Chara ($6.9 million), center David Krejci ($5.25 million) and tied with center Patrice Bergeron despite the fact that he supposedly won't play in 2012-13.
We are lucky enough to currently have some of the best professional coaches (remember the Highest Paid Coaches list by Forbes?) and players residing in our region.