Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AT 9:24 AM / Updated at 9:24 AM
Former Husker guard Carl Nicks among top-earning athletes
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Sports Illustrated Wednesday unveiled its “Fortunate 50″ list of top-earning American athletes, and a former Husker playing in the NFL made the list.

Ndamukong Suh? Nope. Though the player is a Bill Callahan-era recruit.

Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks — who signed a five-year, $47 million deal with the Bucs last year — is the NFL’s highest-paid guard. He made, according to SI, $24.285 of that $47 million deal last year. NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed like Major League Baseball, so the guaranteed money portion of the contract typically goes to the player in the first year, as is the case here.

Unsurprisingly, the full SI list is packed with baseball and basketball players. The top five — boxer Money Mayweather, LeBron James, Drew Brees, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods — represents four sports.

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