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Morning Roar: Two Lions on money list

6/17/2014

The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...

Last week, Forbes named Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford one of the richest athletes in all of sports over the past year. Lists like this can often be subjective.

Unless, of course, there's a consensus. And now, there appears to be one.

Now Fortune Magazine has added to Stafford's claim as one of the highest earning athletes in the United States. Including endorsements, Fortune has Stafford at No. 10 overall -- behind only Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady among football players.

Stafford, who was unranked last year, is listed with a $31.5 million salary with $1.5 million in endorsements for a total of $33 million. Interestingly, Fortune points out most of Stafford's endorsements are local, not national.

That plays more into why Calvin Johnson, widely considered the best receiver in the NFL, is only No. 19 on the list. He moved up from No. 29 last year, but is still only at $25.9 million in total.

Why so low? Fortune speculates part of the reason Johnson doesn't have more endorsements is the market he plays in. Of course, that hasn't stopped Ndamukong Suh from gaining national endorsements and reality television deals, but Johnson and Suh are vastly different personalities, which may have something to do with it as well.

Of Johnson's $25.9 million, only $900,000 of it is through endorsement deals.

Suh, meanwhile, did not make the Top 50 list. Depending on the contract he receives either from Detroit or another team in free agency, that might change in 2015.

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