Overpaid Athletes

If you can name any professional athlete, there's a 99.99 percent chance that they are overpaid. With the extended paycheck also comes a tendency to commit illegal and/or illicit behavior; ie, Michael Vick, though I won't be going into that.

This; in case you didn't know, is Alex Rodriguez, who plays for the New York Yankees. He made a cool 33 mil last year.

While this guy, who plays on the same team, makes the same as our president; which is a measly 40,000,000 pennies.

Believe it or not, but this kids anual salary is over 5,000 ice cream cones. As you can tell, he puts them directly into his savings account.

Just The Facts

  1. Tiger Woods is worth over a billion dollars. He made it by hitting a ball with a stick (his endorsements might've helped a little).
  2. In terms of meaningful accomplishments, every single professional athlete is overpaid.
  3. Charles Barkley, once an overpaid basketball player, is a horrible SNL host.

Overpaid athletes: A Synopsis.

Professional sports (if you're born with uncanny ability) are perhaps the easiest way to become incredibly wealthy, aside from inheriting your dad's oil company or investing your life savings in Apple in 1980. The top two highest paid athletes are both in golf; Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson respectively. Tiger earning 100 mil while Phil made only half that. Here's the breakdown of the 50 highest paid athletes according to SI.com: "This year's list features 22 basketball players (a record nine who earned more than $20 million), 14 major leaguers, nine football players, three golfers and two NASCAR drivers." So unless you have some mad b-ball skills, enjoy the $40,000 national average you'll earn at your nine to five.

Of course, you can always supplement this income with a night job.

Percent that go pro

Here's a helpful chart to show how many high school athletes will eventually become overpaid assholes by going pro. By pro, I mean becoming a highly-paid, professional athlete; not a prostitute, though the percentage for that is probably considerably higher.

Student Athletes Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Football Baseball Men's Ice Hockey Men's Soccer
% High School to College 2.9% 3.1% 5.8% 5.6% 12.9% 5.7%
% College to Pro 1.3% 1.0% 2.0% 10.5% 4.1% 1.9%
% High School to Pro 0.03% 0.02% 0.09% 0.5% 0.4% 0.08%