Report: Ex-Ole Miss football players the highest-paid in the NFL

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Former Ole Miss Rebels top list of highest-paid NFL players
Wednesday May 20th, 2015

NFL players who played collegiately at Ole Miss are, on average, the highest-paid players in the NFL, according to a report from Sporting Intelligence.

The report, entitled the Global Sports Salaries Survey 2015, ranks the NFL's top 35 earning groups from the 2014 season based on college background.

Former Rebels players now in the NFL make an average salary of $4.1 million per year, far higher than the average of players from any other schools.

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning's $19.8 million salary in 2014-15 had what the report termed an "outlier star" effect on Ole Miss' average, the report noted. Then-Panthers' defensive tackle Greg Hardy's $13.1 million base salary could have had a similar effect. 

Ex-Virginia Cavaliers players had the second-highest salary of any collegiate group in the NFL, with a $3.4 million average annual salary. Former Oklahoma Sooners players' salaries were third, at an average of $3.27 million, while NFL players who played collegiately at Texas had the fourth-highest average, $3.26 million.

Michigan alums' average NFL salary of $3.2 million rounded out the top five.

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Notably, Florida State, LSU and Notre Dame received credit for producing relatively large quantities of NFL players who nonetheless make relatively low average salaries.  

Alabama had the highest number of its former players in the NFL during the 2014 season with 36. 

Check out the entire top 35, below:

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