Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matthew Stafford have something more in common than just being starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
All four were recently identified as part of Fortune Magazine's "Fortunate 50", a list of the 50 highest paid athletes who play sports in the United States or athletes who participate in sports overseas who are U.S. citizens.
Manning, Brady, Rodgers, and Stafford were also all ranked in the top ten on the list, which features 10 NFL players.
The list is compiled using player's salaries and endorsement deals for the last season in which they competed. For the NFL players who made the list, that was the 2013-14 season.
Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, was the highest ranked player on the list at No. 4 with salary and endorsement totals coming in at $45.8 million.
Most of Rodgers' earnings stemmed from the $30 million dollar signing bonus he received before the start of last season. In addition to winning a Super Bowl and NFL MVP award, Rodgers is highly recognized for his endorsements with State Farm Insurance for his "Discount Double Check" television ads.
Peyton Manning, who led the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl appearance last season, came in at No. 5 on the list with $37.5 million in salary and endorsements.
Manning, who is entering his third season with the Broncos, made $25 million in salary alone while also pitching Papa John's pizza and DirectTV, among others.
Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots, is No. 8 on the list. Brady's contract extension before the 2013-14 season was his largest source of income thanks to a $30 million dollar signing bonus, with total earnings coming in at $35 million in salary and endorsements.
Matthew Stafford, the quarterback of the Detroit Lions, rounded out the top ten at No. 10.
Stafford earned $33 million last season--$27.5 million of which came as a signing bonus in a new contract and made the list for the first time.
Other players on the list are: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 11, $32.2 million), Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (No. 12, $31.5 million), Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (No. 16, $27.750 million), Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (No. 19, $25.9 million), Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (No. 24, $25.12 million), and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (No. 48, $20.5 million).
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