The highest-paid athletes from N.J.

The highest-paid athletes from N.J.

04 Nisan 2018 - 02:00

This is the most exclusive club in New Jersey sports, one with an entrance fee that topped $2 million in 2017.

That's how much you have to make to be included on NJ Advance Media's first compilation of the highest-paid athletes with ties to New Jersey. The 50 athletes on the list -- which includes a Super Bowl winning quarter, an American League MVP and a NASCAR champ -- earned more than $425 million combined last year. 

It pays to throw a baseball hard or dunk the basketball. It also pays, as you'll soon discover, to have a really good agent who can get you a guaranteed contract that keeps the checks coming past your prime. 

First, the ground rules:

1. All entries on this list were either born in New Jersey or attended high school or college here. That leads to a few who moved out of the state soon after birth or only attended a year of school in the state, but this is the only sensible way to narrow it down.  

2. All figures are from the website, which tracks contracts in the major professional sports leagues, except when noted. The figures do not include endorsements or other earnings outside of their contracts. 

3. Signing bonuses will make some athletes' earning fluctuate dramatically from year to year. If an NFL rookie seems "too high" on the list compared to a more accomplished veteran, that's probably what happened.

Onto the list ...

Soobum Im | USA Today

The former St. Anthony star, who began his career at Paterson Catholic High, earned $2.2 million last season with the San Antonio Spurs. He was a first-round pick in 2014 after three seasons at UCLA. 

Andy Lyons | AP Photo

The Newark native, who moved to North Carolina as a youth, earned $2.49 million with the Miami Heat last season. The 6-10 center, a 2017 first-round draft pick out of Kentucky, is averaging 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds.


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