Chicago is one of the biggest markets in the world for professional sports, which often leads to some lofty salary totals for players.
SportsIllustrated compiled their annual list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes and released it Wednesday. Despite the complaints about his contract, Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is not on this list.
But two other Chicago athletes are.
Derrick Rose comes in at No. 19 with a salary of just over 5.6 million and endorsements grossing over 18.2 million. His total of 23.85 million is just shy of Jeff Gordon's 23.91 million total earnings.
White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is a surprising name on this list. His 17 million salary is one of the biggest in baseball, however, and the 150,000 he earns in endorsements pushes him to 45th overall among American athletes.
Soriano's 2012 salary is listed as 19 million, according to USAToday. It was the same in 2011. Without knowing how much he makes in endorsements, Soriano would actually be on this list if he qualified as an American citizen.
What's also interesting to note is that not one NHL player makes the cut, though most players from around the league hail from Canada or somewhere else outside the U.S.
Floyd Mayweather (85 million), Phil Mickelson (60.76), Tiger Woods (56.44), Kobe Bryant (48.28) and LeBron James (45.88) make up the Top 5.