Stafford ranked sixth among the magazine's list of the 50 top-paid athletes in the world. His listed salary of $31.5 million was topped only by Floyd Mayweather ($73.5 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($50.176 million), Lionel Messi ($50.05 million), Aaron Rodgers ($40 million) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($35.06 million).
Two questions I've been getting a lot lately: Is the Lions' interest in Watkins, the Clemson receiver, a smokescreen and why are the Lions being so transparent about their interest in him?
For three years, Auburn football coaches poked and prodded, coaxed and cajoled, begged and pleaded with Nick Fairley, first to get his academics in order so he could play and then to apply himself, to put in the work, both on his body and on his understanding of the game, so he could reach his enormous potential.
I understand what he's saying, but Lions president Tom Lewand is being a tad disingenuous when he says Ndamukong Suh's contract and its $22.4 million cap hit had no impact on the team's plans for free agency.
Detroit Lions & NFL Beat Writer
Chris McCosky has been covering sports - prep, college and pros - in Michigan since 1980, and formerly covered the Detroit Pistons for 18 years and the Detroit Red Wings for one year.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (B.S., 1980), McCosky became associate sports editor of the Muskegon Chronicle in 1987, but soon after joined the Ann Arbor News. He covered the University of Michigan football and basketball programs from 1988 through 1992. In that time, he covered two Rose Bowls, the Wolverines' NCAA title run in basketball in 1989 and, in 1990, he broke the news of football coach Bo Schembechler's retirement.
McCosky lives in the Livonia and is the proud father of three kids - Ryan, 22, finishing his degree at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, where he played baseball for two seasons and is now an assistant coach; Rory, 19, a talented musician (his band is called Not Quite Porn) and a sophomore at Central Michigan University; and Molly, 17, a senior at Hopkins High School and planning to attend Eastern Michigan following graduation.
- Chris can be reached at email@example.com.
The five most spectacular events I've covered:
- 1. The Pistons' championship run in 2004.
- 2. The brawl at The Palace in November 2004. I was right in the middle of it. I even tried to stop Jamaal Tinsely from going into the stands. He went through my grasp like water.
- 3. The Michigan basketball team's title run in 1989. Glen Rice's torrid shooting throughout the tournament is still one of the best individual performances I've witnessed.
- 4. The Tigers-Blue Jays series at the end of the 1987 season where the Tigers had to win all four games to make the playoffs and they did.
- 5. Each Rose Bowl, all the NBA Finals that Michael Jordan competed in and the 2006 ALCS and World Series.
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