Forbes released its annual list of the 100 highest paid athletes in the world and Eagles QB Michael Vick comes in right smack in the middle at #50.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Vick in 2009 after the quarterback served 21 months in federal prison on dog fighting charges. Vick rewarded the Eagles' faith by making the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season and being named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. The Eagles gave Vick a new six-year, $100 million before the 2011 season. Nike re-signed Vick to its athletes stable in 2011. It is the first time Nike re-signed an athlete after terminating a previous deal on moral clauses. Other Vick sponsors include Unequal Technologies and MusclePharm.
Vick made $20 million in salary over the last year to go along with another $2 million in endorsements. That $22 mil also makes him the highest paid athlete in Philly, just edging out Ryan Howard, who pulled in $21.5 over the past year. Roy Halladay lagged just behind at $20.6 million.
First, VIck's place on the list is not much of a surprise. If you browse the list, you'll find that being a starting quarterback in the NFL is a pretty lucrative gig. But probably the most surprising thing about Vick's place on the list is what other QBs are ahead of him. Namely guys like Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
Sam Bradford, by the way, makes more than Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Drew Brees & Aaron Rodgers. Only Peyton Manning pulls in more.
Although no one seems more out of place in the top 50 than Vernon Wells at #49....
Oh and the world's highest paid athlete? That's Floyd Mayweather, who is currently in jail.