Position: Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
2011 salary: $7.5 million
Weekly paycheck: $441,176
Sure, the Green Bay Packers are paying Aaron Rodgers $7.5 million this year, which is more than anyone on this list, but the team wouldn't be 9-0 without him. In 6 1/2 years, the Packers have now paid Rodgers almost $39 million, but it's not what you pay it's what you get. Thanks to having Rodgers, the Pack is predicted to defend its Super Bowl title and is using the success to launch a stock sale that will seek $143 million in improvements to Lambeau Field.