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The Fortunate 50
JONAH FREEDMAN
July 04, 2005
SI's second annual ranking of the highest-paid U.S. athletes
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July 04, 2005

The Fortunate 50

SI's second annual ranking of the highest-paid U.S. athletes

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Because A-Rod defers portions of his pay, Boston's star outfielder has been the highest-salaried major leaguer the past two years.

LAST YEAR: 12

15 KOBE BRYANT

Salary/Winnings: $14,175,000

Endorsements: $9,000,000

TOTAL: $23,175,000

Thanks, but we're going in a different direction: Given Kobe's legal woes, McDonald's and Nutella dropped him as an endorser.

LAST YEAR: 8

16 TRACY MCGRADY

Salary/Winnings: $14,487,000

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