Former Major League pitcher Nolan Ryan was the first professional athlete to earn $1 million a year. On Nov. 19, 1979, Ryan signed a four-year contract with the Houston Astros that paid him $1 million for each year.
A little over two years later, George Foster became baseball’s first $2 million man when he signed a deal with the New York Mets prior to the 1982 season. Kirby Puckett reached the $3 million mark when he re-signed with the Minnesota Twins just after the end of the 1989 season.
It was during the 1990s that salaries for MLB players skyrocketed. After the 2000 season, Alex Rodriguez signed a 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers that paid him $21 million for the first year of the deal, with escalations promised throughout the length of the contract. Rodriguez eventually opted out of that contract, only to sign a deal with the New York Yankees during the 2007 World Series that reached a high mark of $33 million for the 2009 season.Learn More
Archie Manning has three children: Cooper was born in 1974, Peyton was born in 1976, and Eli was born in 1981. Their mother is Olivia Williams Manning, who has been married to Archie Manning since 1971.Full Answer >
Barry Sanders attended Oklahoma State University, playing for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1986 to 1988. After backing up future NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas during his first two years, Sanders took home the Heisman trophy in his final collegiate campaign.Full Answer >
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s home address is not disclosed to the public, although there are photographs of his 200-acre compound in North Carolina online. The Dale Jr. Foundation's address is available for fans of the race car driver who want to send fan mail or request an autograph.Full Answer >
At least five famous professional athletes have no tattoos. Albert Pujols, Peyton Manning, his younger brother Eli Manning, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard all sport tattoo-free skin.Full Answer >