Where Bucs quarterback Tom Brady ranks among the world’s highest paid athletes


This article represents the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board.

At 44, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is a veteran by football standards. His incredible longevity has helped him rack up a record seven Super Bowl titles and several other records. It also made him rich. How rich?

There are many ways to measure wealth, but we decided to measure career income, with the help of three decades of Forbes lists of the highest paid athletes in the world. Brady’s career wins over that time have ranked… drum roll, please… 27th. It grossed $ 317.5 million. Not too bad. And her total does not include a penny from his model wife, Gisele Bundchen, who often earned more than her husband’s annual income.

Brady placed just ahead of baseball star Derek Jeter and boxer Mike Tyson. And given that Brady still plays – and appears in Subway commercials, among others – he’s sure to overtake retired NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, who came in in 26th place.

So who was number 1? Golfer Tiger Woods, in a landslide. He earned over $ 1.6 billion, nearly $ 600 million more than second-placed basketball star LeBron James. You would need a LeBron James ($ 1.04 billion), a Tom Brady ($ 317.5 million) and a Peyton Manning ($ 280.2 million) to beat Woods’ total. .

Boxer Floyd Mayweather, football player Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis star Roger Federer completed the top 5, all of which earned more than $ 900 million.

Among the other top 100 notables were the most obvious – basketball superstars Michael Jordan (ranked 8th) and Kobe Bryant (10th). But the list contained a few surprises, at least for many American sports fans – Indian cricket sensation Mahendra Singh Dhoni placed 91st earning $ 119 million.

Earnhardts – Dale Jr. and Dale Sr. of NASCAR fame – were on the list. So is Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who might have the coolest first name among the Top 100. Former Rays pitcher David Price, who won nearly $ 117 million, placed 94th. Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest pitcher Cole Hamels took last place in the top 100, earning $ 111.5 million. This dollar figure certainly makes you feel a lot better last on the list.

Endorsements are very useful for some athletes (see: “How We Made the List”). For example, golfer Arnold Palmer, who died in 2016, has grossed $ 234 million since 1990, despite winning his last senior PGA tournament in 1988.

Based on the top 100, push your kids into basketball, baseball, and football. Athletes from these three sports made up more than half of the top 100. Thanks to Woods’ oversized earnings, the six golfers on the list had the highest average earnings at over $ 500 million.

Nine boxers were on the list, but Conor McGregor was the only mixed martial artist. Italian Valentino Rossi was the only motorcycle rider to make the top 100. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the sole representative of athletics.

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The Americans took 60 of the top 100 places, followed by the UK with seven. No other country had more than three. And 98 of the top 100 paid people were men. The two women? Tennis players Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Williams raised nearly $ 317 million to make the top 30, with Sharapova not far behind at nearly $ 290 million. Over the next 30 years, how many more women will make the top 100?

Conclusion: Tom Brady has made a lot of money. He’s in good company in the top 100. Who knows. Maybe the ageless wonder will play for so long that it will make it into the top 10.

How we made the list

The top 100 comes from crunchiness Forbes’ annual lists of the highest paid athletes from 1990 to 2021. During this period, more than 530 athletes were on one of the annual lists at least once, but the Tampa Bay weather the analysis focused only on the 100 athletes who raised the most income over those years. A few things to keep in mind regarding dollar totals:

  • They only included salaries, earnings and endorsements. They do not include money from investments. So an athlete who made a fortune investing in Google early or buying Bitcoin a few years ago might not be on the list.
  • They are not adjusted for inflation. This puts athletes who played – and made most of their money – at a disadvantage in the early 90s. For example, the great hockey player Wayne Gretzky would probably have made the top 100 if his income had been adjusted accordingly. inflation. Instead, he fell just outside the top 100. And golf legend Jack Nicklaus and boxer Muhammad Ali didn’t make the top 100 because so much of their earnings and money came from amendments were made before 1990.
  • They only include the totals that accompanied the Forbes annual list. Athletes’ gains made in years when they did not reach the Forbes listing is not included. For example, in his early years of playing professional tennis, Roger Federer was making money but not enough to Forbes list during these years. This relatively small amount would therefore not be included in its total. Another way to look at it: Most of the top 100 athletes made at least a little more money than what is shown in their total.

Editorials are the corporate voice of the Tampa Bay Times. Members of the Editorial Board are Editorial Board Editor Graham Brink, Sherri Day, Sebastian Dortch, John Hill, Jim Verhulst and Chief Executive Officer Paul Tash. To follow @TBTimes_Opinion on Twitter for more opinion news.


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