Alabama Athletes On The Forbes 100 List
This week Forbes released its "100 Highest -Paid Athletes In The World" list for 2020. Four athletes with ties to Tuscaloosa made the Top-100 this year. Deontay Wilder, Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Quinnen Williams made the most money among athletes with Tuscaloosa ties.
20. Tuscaloosa native, Deontay Wilder, made more money than any of the football players featured in this article. Wilder earned $46.5 million and comes in 20th overall in the top-100. Despite the loss, his bought with Tyson Fury made the Bronze Bomber a wealthy man. Forbes reported Wilder made $500,000 off endorsements and the rest off earnings. Wilder was the third highest boxer on the list behind Fury and Anthony Joshua. Conor McGregor was the only other fighter ahead of Fury on the Forbes list.
26. Former Crimson Tide football star, Julio Jones, checked in at 26 on the top-100 list, earning $40.5 million. Jones is the top-ranked non-quarterback on the Forbes list and the sixth ranked NFL player. Jones, from Foley, Alabama earned $37.5 million in salary and earning in addition to $3 million in endorsements. Jones signed a three-year contract in 2019 worth $66 million with a $25 million signing bonus.
75. Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver, Amari Cooper, comes in at 75 on the Forbes list with 2020 earnings of $24.9 million. Cooper is the 15th overall NFL player on the list and the third ranked wide receiver with only Jones and Michael Thomas making the list ahead of him. The 2014 Biletnikoff Award winner signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension with the Cowboys in March. Cooper's earnings breakdown as such, $23.9 million in salary and $1 million in endorsements off the field according to Forbes.
94. Quinnen Williams made the top-100 list at number 94. The lovable defensive lineman was the 26th NFL player to make the list, earning $22.4 million. He earned $22.2 million in salary, largely due to his four-year $32.5 million contract he signed after being drafted third overall by the New York Jets. Williams, reportedly, earned another $200,000 in endorsements. He is the sixth highest defensive lineman to make the list, following Grady Jarrett, Arik Armstead, Robert Quinn, Nick Bosa and D.J. Reader.
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