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Tom Brady is Boston's fifth highest-paid athlete, per 2019 Forbes list

Tom Brady is Boston's fifth highest-paid athlete, per 2019 Forbes list

An athlete's salary doesn't always correlate to his or her success. Just ask Tom Brady.

Forbes published its 2019 ranking of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes Tuesday, combining each player's "prize money, salaries and bonuses" earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019, with the money they earned in endorsements.

Guess where Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots, ranks on that list? Here are the five Boston athletes to crack Forbes' top 100:

No. 25: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics ($43.3 million total)
No. 40: Gordon Hayward, Celtics ($34.3 million)
No. 49: Al Horford, Celtics ($32 million)
No. 50: David Price, Boston Red Sox ($31.7 million)
No. 81: Tom Brady, Patriots ($27 million)
No. 94: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox ($25.6 million)

So, why is Brady so low on this list, behind guys like Steven Adams and former Patriots teammate Trey Flowers)

For one, stars in other sports like soccer -- Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar consitute Forbes' top three -- and basketball traditionally earn more than football players.

Secondly, the 41-year-old QB never has sought lucrative contracts, opting instead for team-friendly deals like the current one that paid him roughly $15 million this past year, 15th among NFL signal-callers.

Brady's $12 million in endorsement earnings does seem a bit low for a high-profile athlete with multiple partnerships. But the Brady clan isn't exactly strapped for cash: He and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, had a staggering combined net worth of $580 million as of Feb. 2019, per Business Insider.

So, don't shed too many tears for Brady, even if he doesn't get a reworked contract before the 2019 season begins.

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Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Hate them or love them, America has watched the Patriots more than any other team — in any sport — in 2019.

According to sportsmediawatch.com, all 10 of the most-watched sporting events of 2019 were NFL games. No World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals games made the list. Of the 10 highest-rated events, three of them included the Patriots. 

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl matchup between the Pats and Los Angeles Rams topped the list with more than 100 million viewers including online streams (in parentheses). Both New England's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs and its Division Round contest with the Chargers also cracked the top-10. 

The television ratings suggest that the NFL is still head-and-shoulders above other leagues in popularity, and the Patriots are leading the charge. 

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Tom Brady shuts down random Twitter user questioning his Madden rating

Tom Brady shuts down random Twitter user questioning his Madden rating

Twitter trolls, beware: Tom Brady reads the comments.

EA Sports published its player ratings for "Madden NFL 20" on Monday and gave the New England Patriots quarterback a 96 overall, second among all QBs behind Patrick Mahomes.

Some random guy on Twitter disagreed with this assessment, escalating his hot take to the point of declaring he could run faster than Brady.

Why do we care what "Matt Harrington" thinks of Brady's athleticism? We don't ... but the Patriots QB apparently does.

Here's Brady coming out of left field to put "Matt Harrington" in his place:

Game over, Matt.

Brady obviously is slow by NFL standards but recently ran a 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds, which is faster than the glacial 5.28-second dash he ran at the 2000 NFL Combine.

It's also faster than the random Twitter troll can probably run, as this guy found out the hard way.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET): Apparently this Twitter troll gave Brady an idea, as the Patriots QB tweeted out some humorous "evidence" of why he deserves a better "Madden" speed rating.

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