Drew Brees will earn $40 million between now and the end of next year's Super Bowl. Even that would be topped by last year's highest-earning American athlete.

Michael McKnight has put together a fantastic photo gallery, along with an earnings run-down, of the top 50 highest Athlete earners of the last year. While Brees isn't on it this time, he'll assuredly be on it next year. In fact, if this list is a good indicator of what next year's will look like, Brees could be ranked in the top 5.

Click here to see McKnight's creative and informative look at the top 50.