Want to know who makes the most money in the NFL? 8 years ago

Want to know who makes the most money in the NFL?

If you're considering a highly-paid career in American football, it wouldn't hurt to be the guy throwing the ball

In case you didn't already know, the lads in the NFL make a handy bit of cash playing the sport for a living. The downside is, of course, that they have to put their bodies on the line every week and if you make just a few mistakes in a very short season, your career is pretty much over forever. Sounds great, right?

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Well it's pretty great if you're good at it because you will be handsomely rewarded, and the lads at Business Insider decided to take a look at who the highest paid player in each position in the NFL is.

Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers

There aren't many surprises at the running back position, where Adrian Peterson tops the chart with $11 million (just over €8 million), or at cornerback, where Darrelle Revis is rakes in $13 million (€9.5 million). Strolling in behind them at the wide receiver position is Brandon Marshall, whose move to the Bears meant he signed on the dotted line for $44 million dollars, and taking home a measly $9.1 million (€6.7 million) a year.

Other defenders who have a spare bit of cash are Jared Allen who earns $14.3 million (€10.5 million) a year at Defensive End, Linebacker Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs on $12.3 million (€9 million) and safety Troy Polamalu, who uses some of his $7.5 million (€5.5 million) a year from the Pittsburgh Steelers to insure his hair for a large amount of money.

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The most surprising entries are probably for kickers and punters, a position that a few of us might think we've got a chance to have a go at it. We're planning on trying out next season anyway as the Tamp Bay Buccaneers pay punter Michael Koenen $3.3 million (€2.4 million) a year, and kicker Sebastian Janikowski earns $3.5 million (€2.5 million) at the Oakland Raiders.

Oakland Raiders v New York Giants

If you're planning on getting involved in an American sport though, may we suggest basketball? You won't get beaten up so badly, and Kobe Bryant just signed a new deal which will give him $30.4 million (€22.3 million) this year, which sounds like some decent cash to us.

Here's a comic that sums this all up very nicely:

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Hat-tip to Business Insider and Bleacher Report