Five AFC North players make Forbes list

June, 19, 2012
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The AFC North not only has some of the best players in the NFL. This division features a handful of the richest athletes in the world.

According to Forbes magazine, five AFC North players rank among the world's 100 highest-paid athletes. The top in the division is Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, whose earnings total $37.3 million. He is second among NFL players and ranks only behind new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Ngata's $37.1 million in salary and bonuses from the Ravens over the last 12 months is more than any other athlete playing a team sport. So, take note quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice as you're negotiating new deals.

If you were wondering who ranked No. 1 on the entire list, it's boxer Floyd Mayweather. His earnings totaled $85 million.

Here are the five players from the AFC North who made the Forbes list (three from the Steelers):

HALOTI NGATA, RAVENS DT

Forbes ranking: No. 12

Total earnings: $37.3 million

Salary/winnings: $37.1 million

Endorsements: $200,000

Forbes note: Ngata signed a five-year deal worth $61 million in September.


LaMARR WOODLEY, STEELERS LB

Forbes ranking: No. 32 (one spot behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the current captain of the Indian national cricket team)

Total earnings: $26.5 million

Salary/winnings: $26.3 million

Endorsements: $150,000

Forbes note: Woodley received a $13 million signing bonus as part of the new contract he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.


BEN ROETHLISBERGER, STEELERS QB

Forbes ranking: No. 43

Total earnings: $23.3 million

Salary/winnings: $22.3 million

Endorsements: $1 million

Forbes note: His off-field income took a hit with rape allegations that surfaced in 2010 (no charges were filed). Only Nike remains.


JOE THOMAS, BROWNS OT

Forbes ranking: No. 67

Total earnings: $19.8 million

Salary/winnings: $19.3 million

Endorsements: $500,000

Forbes note: Thomas made $500,000 last year from sponsors like Nike and PepsiCo.


LAWRENCE TIMMONS, STEELERS LB

Forbes ranking: No. 78

Total earnings: $18.6 million

Salary/winnings: $18.4 million

Endorsements: $150,000

Forbes note: He signed a new five-year, $50 million contract extension before the start of the 2011 season.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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