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.
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.
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%|