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Salaries of Professional Athletes from Hawaii

Shane Victorino leads the way with $13 million guaranteed for 2013

Professional athletes often say they love to play the game, but the best of them get paid very well to have fun. Here’s the latest balance sheet on 21 athletes currently in the major leagues who were either born in Hawaii or played college sports here. To research the salaries, we used the Spotrac website (www.spotrac.com), a well-regarded aggregator of sports contract information.

Note: MLB contracts are guaranteed; NFL contracts are not, so players can be cut before they are paid their full contracts.

Major League Baseball

Shane Victorino will play for the Boston Red Sox and earn the most of any Hawaii athlete this year, $13 million

Photo Courtesy: Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox

Scott Feldman
Relief pitcher, Chicago Cubs
Born: Kailua, Oahu (grew up in California)
One-year contract:
$6 million in 2013

Brandon League
Relief Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Saint Louis School
Three-year contract
(2013-2015): $22.5 million
$4.5 million in 2013

Kurt Suzuki
Catcher, Washington Nationals
Born: Wailuku, Baldwin HS
Four-year contract
(2011-2014): $16.25 million
$6.45 million in 2013

Shane Victorino
Outfielder, Boston Red Sox
Born: Wailuku, St. Anthony HS
Three-year contract
(2013-2015): $39 million
$13 million in 2013

Jerome Williams started the 2013 season for the Los Angeles Angels as a long reliever.

Photo Courtesy: Los Angeles Angels

Jerome Williams
Pitcher, Los Angeles Angels
Born: Honolulu, Waipahu HS
One-year contract:
$2 million in 2013

National Football League

Al Afalava
Safety, Tennessee Titans
Born: Laie, Kahuku HS
Two-year contract
(2012-2013): $1.17 million
$630,000 in 2013

Tyson Alualu
Defensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars
Born: Honolulu, Saint Louis School, UH
Five-year contract
(2010-2014): $28 million
$1.822 million in 2013

Davone Bess
Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
UH
Four-year contract
(2010-2013): $9.03 million
$2.633 million in 2013

Alex Green
Running Back, Green Bay Packers
UH
Four-year contract
(2011-2014): $2.577 million
$555,000 in 2013

Al Afalava, a star at Kahuku High School, is now playing safety for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans

Photo Courtesy: Tennessee Titans

Phil Loadholt
Tackle, Minnesota Vikings
Born: Honolulu
Four-year contract
(2013-2016): $25 million
$2.9 million in 2013

Kaluka Maiava
Linebacker, Oakland Raiders
Born: Honolulu, Baldwin HS
3-year contract
(2013-2015), $6 million
$630,000 in 2013

Kealoha Pilares
Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers
Born: Honolulu
Damien Memorial School, UH
Four-year contract
(2011-2014): $2.225 million
$555,000 in 2013

Dominic Raiola
Center, Detroit Lions
Born: Honolulu, Saint Louis School
Four-year contract
(2010-2013): $20 million
$1 million in 2013

Greg Salas
Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
UH
Three-year contract
(2012-2014): $1.665 million
$555,000 in 2013

Samson Satele
Center, Indianapolis Colts
Born: Kailua, Oahu, Kailua HS, UH
Three-year contract
(2012-2014): $10.8 million
$2.7 million in 2013

Mana Silva
Safety, Buffalo Bills
Born: Hilo, Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii, UH
Two-year contract
(2012-2013): $1.02 million
$555,000 in 2013

Max Unger, center for the Seattle Seahawks, will earn more in 2013 than any other Hawaii player in the NFL, $4.9 million

Photo Courtesy: Seattle Seahawks

Isaac Sopoaga
Defensive tackle, Philadelphia Eagles
UH
Three-year contract
(2013-2015): $11 million
$1 million in 2013

Max Unger
Center, Seattle Seahawks
Born: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Five-year contract
(2012-2016): $25.5 million
$4.9 million in 2013

Major League Soccer

Brian Ching
Forward, Houston Dynamo
Born: Haleiwa, Kamehameha Schools
$192,000 in 2012

Zach Scott
Defender, Seattle Sounders FC
Born: Haiku-Pauwela, Maui HS
$46,314 in 2012

Andrew Dykstra
Goalkeeper, D.C. United
Born: Honolulu
$44,004 in 2012

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