There aren’t many industries that are as familiar with vast sums of wealth vested on very public persons as professional sports. Sure, there are movie stars, but a big part of why pro athletes are paid so well is that they become a pervasive backdrop to everyday life. They become benchmarks for our lives — that’s why stories about seminal sporting events are often prefaced with “I remember where I was when,” because they’re instances and happenings that become measurements for time.
That’s a longwinded way of say that a lot of these guys make a ton of money. A metric ton of money. Sometimes many metrics worth of dough — and they’re absolutely deserving of it, even if their only qualification is winning a genetic lottery. According to Fortune, the ones who are at the top of the list all have fairly familiar names.
So, these pro athletes that make a lot of money keep making a lot of money. The sun rises in the East, and the Minnesota Timberwolves lose a talented Power Forward named Kevin. Read on for the five U.S. athletes that were paid the most money to do what they do in 2014.