(Based on salary, winnings and endorsement income of U.S.-based athletes over the past four years.)<br><br>Far and away the richest athlete in the world, Woods had an average annual take over the past four years that exceeded his career tournament winnings of $81,146,008, through July 1, 2007.
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Despite pulling down $20 million annually from the Miami Heat and millions more from endorsements and celebrity appearances, Shaq finished his bachelor's degree and earned an MBA in 2005, prompting him to say: "Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else."
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For just four days of work at the 2007 Players Championship, Mickelson earned $1.62 million (about $100,000 for every hour on the course) from the richest purse in golf history.
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Oscar De La Hoya
Hyped by the HBO series "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7," De La Hoya's May fight against Floyd Mayweather brought in $150 million in pay-per-view sales with De La Hoya taking home the biggest prize in boxing history at $45 million.
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James, who has said he wants to be "the richest man in the world," signed a $90 million endorsement contract with Nike before even being drafted into the NBA four years ago.
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The $126 million contract the Timberwolves awarded the then-21-year-old Garnett during the 1997-98 season was one of the driving forces behind the NBA lockout the following year.
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The Lakers' star has intimated he may opt out of his current deal in 2009 to become a free agent and bolt Hollywood -- a move that would leave two years and $47.8 million on the table.
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Despite still owning the most expensive contract in the history of professional sports ($252 million over 10 years), Rodriguez is rumored to be considering opting out after this season to seek even more on the open market.
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Everyone knows that fans (and the New York tabloids) prefer Jeter to A-Rod, but it's a lesser known fact that the lifelong Yankee has taken in $1 million more in total compensation in each of the past two years than the man with whom he shares the left side of the infield.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Junior's new, five-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports has been estimated at upwards of $100 million.
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He earned more than $30 million in prize money during his career, third-best all-time, in addition to the $25 million per year he was reaping in endorsements from companies like Nike and Canon during his prime.
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Before even winning his first Super Bowl in 2007, Manning was already the NFL's highest-paid and most marketable player. His $99.2 million contract with the Colts set a record when he signed it in 2004, and he's appeared in popular ads for DirecTV, MasterCard, Reebok and Gatorade.
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Iverson has nearly $40 million left on his NBA contract over its final two years, which is supplemented by the $7 million he pulls in annually from the "lifetime" deal with Reebok he signed in 2001.
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Despite never having made it out of the first round of the playoffs, T-Mac is one of the top 15 highest paid players in the NBA in addition to being the primary pitchman for shoemaker Adidas.
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When Manny requested to be traded from the Red Sox last offseason, he put his downtown Boston penthouse apartment on the market for $6.9 million.
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The $130 million contract ($37 million guaranteed) that Vick signed in late 2004 is the richest in the history of the sport.
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Gordon, who has earned more than $80 million in prize money during his career, has helped NASCAR cross into the mainstream; in 2003 he became the first NASCAR driver to host Saturday Night Live.
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Suspicion of steroid use and a combative relationship with the media have cooled his endorsement appeal, but the 42-year-old Bonds has a one-year deal with the Giants that could be worth more than $19 million if he reaches certain incentives.
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Carter may not be in the running to be the next Michael Jordan anymore, but he's still marketable and just agreed to re-up with the Nets for $60 million over four years.
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The oft-injured and heavily criticized Yankees first baseman has virtually no endorsements but is guaranteed $21 million in each of his final two seasons with the Bronx Bombers -- unless they try to void it because of steroid suspicions.
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C-Webb may have averaged a career-low 11.0 points per game in 2006-07, but he's still living pretty off the cash he earned from the seven-year, $127 million contract the Kings gave him during his prime in 2001.
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Finley is slated to make $18.6 million in salary next season for the Spurs, which will be paid by the Mavericks, who cut him in 2005.
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The four-time NBA champion has three years and $61 million left on his current contract with the Spurs and is rumored to be in talks to extend that for two years and another $50 million.
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In seven seasons with the Magic after signing a $93 million contract, the oft-injured Hill played just 200 games, meaning he earned a cool $465,000 for every time he took the floor during his time with Orlando.
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The former sixth-round pick restructured his contract this spring, foregoing an immediate $6 million option bonus to allow the Patriots to trade for Randy Moss.
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