15 Athletes Who Sponsors Can’t Get Enough Of

15 Athletes Who Sponsors Can't Get Enough Of

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The athlete of today is no longer just responsible for the game they play, but for the brand that they represent as well. More and more athletes are becoming the faces of brands and products because of their personality and popularity. Let's take a look at the top 15 athletes who sponsors love.

15. Cam Newton

Cam Newton
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15. Cam Newton

Cam Newton
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Cam Newton has become the face of the Under Armour brand, and they have shown their love by providing him with the biggest deal for an incoming NFL rookie back in 2011.

14. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers
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14. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers and State Farm Insurance have become synonymous on and off the field thanks to the "Discount Double-Check" commercials.

13. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffen
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13. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffen
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With sponsors such as GameFly, Kia, RedBull and Jordan, Blake Griffin has become a household name.

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has an extensive list of sponsorships that include Wrangler, Budweiser, Gillette, Domino's Pizza and Chevrolet.

11. Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart
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11. Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart
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Sponsorships for Tony Stewart are comprised of Coca-Cola, Kraft and Office Depot. He earned ,470,000 in endorsements in 2012.

10. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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10. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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Carmelo Anthony was ranked 25th on the Forbes' Highest Paid Athletes List in 2013. Anthony has recently been all over Foot Locker commercial campaigns.

9. Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick
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9. Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick
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Danica Patrick is the face of GoDaddy.com but is also sponsored by Coca-Cola, Nationwide Insurance, Hot Wheels and Chevrolet.

8. Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose
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8. Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose
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Sponsors have been climbing all over Derrick Rose since he entered the NBA in 2008. His sponsors include Powerade, Adidas, Skullcandy and Foot Locker.

7. Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson
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7. Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson
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Like most NASCAR drivers, sponsorship is very important and Jimmie Johnson is no exception. His sponsors range from Quaker State and Chevrolet to Lowe's Home Improvement.

6. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
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6. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving has partnered with Pepsi Max to create his alter ego. The commercials with "Uncle Drew" schooling unsuspecting ballers have generated great revenue for Pepsi.

5. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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5. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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The three-time NBA scoring champion has been scoring major sponsors as well. Durant has partnered with Gatorade, Nike, Sprint and General Electric.

4. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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4. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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Don't feel too bad about Peyton Manning and his Super Bowl defeat. His deals with Mastercard, Wheaties, Reebok, Gatorade, Papa John's and Sony have given him a cushy fall.

3. Tom Brady

Tom Brady
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3. Tom Brady

Tom Brady
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In 2012, Tom Brady made nearly ,000,000 in endorsements alone. His popularity may have declined recently with sponsors, but he still has deals with UGG and Under Armour.

2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Despite sitting out most of this year with injuries, Kobe Bryant is still in the game with his sponsors. Nike is the biggest of Bryant's partnerships and has just released the Kobe 9 sneaker.

1. Lebron James

Lebron James
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1. Lebron James

Lebron James
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Since becoming a two-time NBA champion, Lebron James has been the face of everything ranging from Samsung to Sprite. His line of Nike sneakers has reached its 11th shoe, and a new flavor of Sprite has just been named after Lebron. McDonalds just released a new commercial featuring the four-time NBA MVP. It is safe to say we will be seeing more of the "King" whether we like it or not.


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