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Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 1:48 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Sports Illustrated has released its list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes, and eight NFL players made cut. If nothing else, it provides resolution to question that comes up every time the Colts play the Patriots: who's better, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady

If we're going by the amount of money they can stuff into their respective man purses, Peyton's the big winner.

Manning, who ranks fourth on SI's list and first among NFL players, is set to make $23 million in salary (expected haul based on his 2011 contract) and $15 million in endorsements for a grand total of $38 million in 2011 earnings.

Brady ranks third among NFL players after Matt Ryan ($32M/$450K/$32.7M) and will pull down just $20 million plus a measly $10 million in endorsements.

Of course, Tom has three Super Bowl rings to Peyton's one.  Oh, and he's also married to Gisele Bündchen, the highest-paid supermodel for seven years running who happens to be worth nearly ten figures.  

But even if Brady loses points for, sigh, this -- or showing up in public looking like he just stepped off the set of Fantasy Island (lower left -- he was actually at the Kentucky Derby), or succumbing to Bieber Fever (lower right -- that was at a Celtics game) -- at the end of the day, he's still going home to Gisele. He could look like Vince Wilfork dressed up as Bill Belichick and he'd still be better off than every other man on the planet, including Peyton. 



As for the other NFL names to crack the top 50, here you go:
Remember what Plaxico Burress said recently about the Eli Manning-Mark Sanchez dynamic?

"Eli has won a championship, and the crazy thing about it is that Mark Sanchez almost gets more pub than the world champion quarterback," Burress said. "And I'm looking at it from afar. The man went out and led the organization to a Super Bowl, but for some reason I guess Mark Sanchez is supposed to be better than the guy that has already won one."

Turns out that holds true for salary and endorsements, too.

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Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

i'm like the hungry lion ... i want to hunt giseles and bundchen...dont care about the rest.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

i like gisele bundchen and she can keep her money i just
wanna be her lion king



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

Mark Sanchez doesn't look like he got hit with the dumb stick Plaxico Burress...this is about marketing not about ability or performance.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

Without the owners of football these players wouldnt be making this money. With that said the owners deserve 50% of all thier money they make on ads and commercials  just like the players think they deserve 50% of the owners money.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

I understand everyone on this list except Matt Ryan and Darnell Dockett.  Sanchez makes sense because of the big market and how much exposure that team gets.  Bradford I can get too I suppose because of the success he had as a rookie, although I find it strange.  But Ryan?



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

Ryan Wilson, your man card has been revoked permanently. You are now free to write about your PMS, fat thighs, celebrity weddings, and the Kardashians as you please,  but not here. 



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

Is there any particular reason why you decided to write this article? It looks like it belongs in people magazine or something, not a sports website.


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