How hard does Ben Roethlisberger have to work for $100k?
According to the number crunching done by The Wall Street JournalRoethlisberger's not the only one who earns $100 large in the time it takes you to order lunch.
Some of the breakdowns are simply stunning. Did you realize that Tiger Woods pulls in $2,329 every time he swings his club? Most of us would be happy to make that kind of money in a year's worth of skins games! On the low end of the scale sits professional bowler Norm Duke, who has to bowl 2,360 frames to make $100,000, but at $2 a pin it's still not too shabby.
I'm a little surprised that the list left off soccer star David "Bend it Like" Beckham, who pulls in $6.5 million a season playing for the L.A. Galaxy, which breaks down to $1.3 million a goal, or $812,500 per assist. With stats like that it's hard to believe that he actually has to play 38 minutes to earn $100,000 during the 08-09 season.
It's easy to break down athletic salaries into bullet points like this and stare, slack-jawed at the seemingly minimal efforts required to make more money than most people make in a year, but when it comes down to it, these athletes put in countless hours of practice and training to hone their specific skills into a paycheck.
However you feel about the effort it takes professional athletes to make $100,000, you won't find me doing the calculations to see how many blog posts it will take to make $100,000. I'm pretty sure that Nelson Pizzaro, who at $15,300 is the lowest paid MLS player, will agree that not everyone needs to know the exact breakdown of what it takes to make $100,000.
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