LIST: Sports Illustrated 's 50 Highest-Earning American Athletes of The Past Year

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Take a look at this gallery, photos courtesy of the Associated Press, of Sports Illustrated's list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes of the past year.

"Our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees," Michael McKnight of SI.com wrote.  "We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2012 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents."

Read the full story here and see the list in the gallery above.

One former Washington Wizard made the list.  Are you surprised by number one?  

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