By Cork Gaines
We all know that athletes like Alex Rodriguez and Peyton Manning and Serena Williams are among the highest-paid in their sports. But the biggest contracts are not always reserved for the superstars.
If we take a closer look, there are many athletes that you might be surprised to learn either made a ton of money in their career, or rank very high among their peers despite flying under the radar of the casual American sports fan.
Athletes Who Have Made An Insane Amount Of Money
Cristie Kerr: $14,030,373
Sport: LPGA All-Time Rank (within sport): 4 Career Highlights: 14 career LPGA wins. Won 2007 U.S. Open and 2010 LPGA Championship.
Andy Roddick: $20,517,390
Sport: ATP All-Time Rank (within sport): 10 Career Highlights: The surprise here is not that Roddick made a lot of money, but that he retired as 10th on the All-Time money list despite winning just one Grand Slam (2003 U.S. Open).
Kenny Perry: $31,797,536
Sport: PGA All-Time Rank (within sport): 10 Career Highlights: 14 career PGA Tour wins. Has never won a major.
Albert Haynesworth: $48,553,347
Sport: NFL All-Time Rank (within sport): N/A Career Highlights: 10 seasons with 4 teams. 2-time Pro Bowler.
Jim Furyk: $52,447,459
Sport: PGA All-Time Rank (within sport): 4 Career Highlights: 16 career wins on the PGA Tour. Won the 2003 U.S. Open.
Jason Schmidt: $91,969,248
Sport: MLB All-Time Rank (within sport): 62 Career Highlights: 14 seasons with 3 different clubs. 3-time All-Star. Finished second in 2003 NL Cy Young voting.
Shawn Green: $100,616,066
Sport: MLB All-Time Rank (within sport): 51 Career Highlights: 15 seasons with 4 different clubs. 2-time All-Star. Highest finish in MVP voting was 5th (2002).
Kevin Martin: $110,784,447
Sport: NBA All-Time Rank (within sport): 49 Career Highlights: 8 seasons with 2 clubs. Has never been named to an All-Star team.
Data via the respective sports leagues, Sports-Reference.com, or Spotrac.com. All sports are career earnings. Totals for NBA players include guaranteed money remaining on current contracts.