By Matt Vensel
11:00 AM EDT, June 19, 2012
Forbes released its list of the world’s highest-paid athletes on Monday, and one of the biggest names on the Ravens defense is ranked 12th on the list. I’ll give you a hint: It is not Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs or Ed Reed.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who signed a five-year, $61 million extension with the Ravens last September, earned $37.1 million in salary and bonuses over the past 12 months, which was more than any other athlete playing a team sport. Throw in the $200,000 that he made in endorsements and Ngata raked in $37.3 million.
That’s roughly 746,000 jugs of Lubriguard -- one of Ngata’s endorsements -- in case you were wondering.
Ngata has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and is regarded as one of the NFL's top defensive tackles. Ngata made a career-high 64 tackles, recorded five sacks and forced two fumbles in 2011.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather was first on the Forbes list at $85 million, followed by boxer Manny Pacquiao, golfer Tiger Woods, Miami Heat forward LeBron James and tennis star Roger Federer.
Rounding out the top 10 were Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, golfer Phil Mickelson, soccer players David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Soccer player Lionel Messi came in at No. 11.
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