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Drew Brees No. 5 on Forbes highest paid athletes

Published: Jun. 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM CDT
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New York, NY. - Saints quarterback Drew Brees has made Forbes list of the highest paid athletes. Brees came in at No. 5, listing his salary as $51 million.

Tiger Woods is back on top of Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes. The star golfer spent 11 straight years at No. 1 on the magazine's list before falling to third in 2012. The magazine put him back in the top spot after he made $78.1 million over the last year from prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work. Woods has enjoyed a resurgence in his play that has earned him over $13.1 million the past 12 months - double his total from the prior year.

Tennis star Roger Federer is second at $71.5 million while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is third at $61.9 million.

LeBron James comes in fourth with $59.8 million, followed by Brees who rounded out the top five.

Last year's highest-paid athlete, Floyd Mayweather, is 14th.

David Beckham was No. 8 overall and the highest-ranked soccer player at $47.2 million.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among the 27 baseball players on the list and No. 18 overall with $30.3 million.

Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($29 million) came in at No. 22, and Li Na ($18.2 million) was 85th.