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The Fortunate 50

This week SI.com showcases the 50 top-earning American athletes for 2009. In a year in which Tiger Woods's image was forever tarnished, costing the perennial No. 1 tens of millions in endorsement dollars, he nonetheless remained atop the heap. Meanwhile, the NFL had its most prolific showing ever: an unprecedented 15 players, including the league's top earner Peyton Manning, thanks to a 2010 in which the absence of a salary cap has created a glut of big contracts. Also featured were 16 basketball players, 13 major leaguers and one boxer, Floyd Mayweather. For the complete list go to SI.com/fortunate50

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