Twenty percent of the world's 10 highest-paid athletes are Texas Longhorns. The updated money list, which was released by Forbes on Wednesday, includes former 'Horns athletes Kevin Durant at No. 5 and Jordan Spieth at No. 9.
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Durant made $56.2 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016 through salary and endorsements, and Spieth brought in $52.8 million. While Durant is 27, Spieth is just 22 and should see his placement on the list continue to rise. Fellow golfer Phil Mickelson is more than twice Spieth's age at 45 and ranked one spot higher with $52.9 million.
Here's what the site had to say about Spieth:
Jordan Spieth is the youngest member of the world's 100 highest paid athlete by 16 months (the NBA's Kyrie Irving is second). Golf's golden boy is also the biggest mover on the list moving up from No. 85 to ninth. It's the result of a massive 2015 where he won two major titles, including a record-tying -18 at the Masters, and became the youngest U.S. Open champion. Spieth captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus in the fall. The wins and No. 1 world ranking triggered lucrative bonuses from partners like Under Armour and Titleist. Spieth cashed in on his newfound fame with a global cash grab of appearance fees for events in South Korea, China, Australia, Bahamas, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Coca-Cola signed Spieth to a multi-year deal in January that will showcase Spieth in commercials, on social media and point-of-sale packaging for Coca-Cola products and its water brand Dasani.
And here are its words on Durant:
Kevin Durant will be the hottest free agent this summer in the NBA. His 27.4 career points per game average is the best among active players and third all-time. The four-time scoring champ came up one game short in his quest to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. KD launched his own underwear line last year in partnership with Neff and Foot Locker. Durant's money deal though is with Nike, which signed Durant to an extension in 2014 worth as much as $300 million over 10 years. Other partners include: 2K Sports, American Family Insurance, BBVA, Orange Leaf, Panini, Sonic, Sparkling Ice, Beats and The Players Tribune.
Durant spent one season on the Longhorns basketball team, averaging 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Spieth won three events as a freshman at UT, helping the team win the NCAA championship and becoming a first-team All-American.