Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by New York Giants middle linebacker Chase Blackburn last season. Rodgers puts his body on the line each time he earns his paycheck. Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers overpaid? Not when compared to Robert Pattinson, et al ...

The latest rumors circulating around the National Football League gossip cliques is that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could possibly land a contract in the $25 million per year range – and many feel that at that price he is being vastly overpaid.

No question, it’s a lot of money. It’s more money than any NFL players has ever made in a 12-month calendar year for working 8 months out of that year. Depending on how many more years Rodgers plays the game, he could make well more than $100 million.

But the question about his being overpaid is moot at this point. It’s what the market will bear and it’s what he should get. For an athlete, that’s a lot of dough.

But when you compare that salary to some of the world’s richest people – entertainers: musicians and actors – that’s a drop in the bucket … and they don’t have 350-pound monster men trying to rip their heads off.

Consider Robert Pattinson – you know that “Twilight” guy whose made millions for playing a vampire – according to 2010 numbers, he made $27.5 million. And his sweetheart Kristen Stewart? That ditzy brunette who can’t seem to string consecutive sentences together in coherent fashion – yeah, she makes more than her on-screen, off-screen lover Pattinson – $28.5 million.

But Let’s move on – from least to most – and compare Rodgers’ proposed measly $25 million to those who make more and do less – and remember, these figures are from at least two years ago:

• Jennifer Anniston – $28 million

• Leonardo DiCaprio – $28 million

• Sarah Jessica Parker – $30 million

• Robert Downey Jr. $31.5 million

• Adam Sandler – $50 million

• Sandra Bulluck $50 million

• Lady Gaga $62 million

• Beyonce $87 million

• Johnny Depp $100 million

• Oprah Winfrey – $315 million

• Donald Trump – $2.7 billion – yes, that’s BILLION

So when you consider the dollars that these folks are pulling in for smiling, singing or just acting like someone else (most of the time really badly, I might add) looking at Aaron Rodgers’ paltry $25 million slides more easily into focus.

At least he’s running, working and putting himself in physical danger every time he goes out and earns his check – in other words, he does more to EARN the dollars than these other folks.

So, do I think Rodgers is overpaid. Not on your life.

C’mon, Ted. Write the check and pay the man.


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