Skip to main content

Peterson, Harvin near top of NFL's richest former 5-star recruits list


Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was the No. 1 rated high school player in the country in 2004, according to Rivals. The same college sports recruiting website listed former Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin as the No. 1 prep player in the class of 2006.

Peterson went on to star at the University of Oklahoma and Harvin did the same alongside Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators. Both are superstars in the NFL today, and two of the richest former five-star recruits in the NFL. listed some of the highest-paid five-star recruits in the NFL since 2002, and both Peterson and Harvin cracked the top 10. Here it is, with each player's average annual salary.

10. Reshad Jones – Dolphins – $7,340,000

9. Carlos Dunlap – Bengals – $7,874,000

8. Eric Berry – Cheifs – $8,340,717

7. DeSean Jackson – Eagles – $9,700,000

6. Percy Harvin – Seahawks – $10,707,500

Harvin was not only a five-star recruit in 2006, but considered the No. 1 overall prospect and signed with the University of Florida. The elusive wide receiver had a nice career with the Gators, where he was used as both a wide receiver and running back. During his three seasons Harvin compiled more than 1,800 yards rushing and 1,900 yards receiving, totaling 32 touchdowns from scrimmage. Harvin entered the draft after his junior year in 2008 and was the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

5. Gerald McCoy – Buccaneers – $11,000,000

4. Haloti Ngata – Ravens – $12,131,000

3. Mark Sanchez – Jets – $13,491,667

2. Adrian Peterson – Vikings – $13,714,286

Peterson was the No. 1 overall prospect of the 2004 recruiting class and ended up signing with the University of Oklahoma. Peterson made an immediate impact in the college game, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards as a true freshman in 2004. His outstanding play earned him a consensus All-American honor and a second-place finish in Heisman voting. His next two years at Oklahoma were not as successful and a couple injuries hindered his play. Still, with high stock, Peterson left for the NFL after his junior year and was the seventh overall pick going to the Minnesota Vikings.

1. Matthew Stafford – Lions – $17,666,667

Next Up

dinner party holidays gathering celebration 1

Health officials encourage getting vaccinated and tested before the holidays

The state has launched a "Celebrate Safely, Minnesota" campaign to make it easier to get tested and vaccinated.

Kjellberg booking photo crop

Charges: Parking dispute, scuffle preceded fatal stabbing

The suspect said he was upset about neighbors and their friends regularly parking on his property.

Dave Hutchinson

Hennepin Co. Sheriff injured in rollover, admits to drinking beforehand

The sheriff, in a statement, called it an "inexcusable decision."

CDC - vaccine band aid

COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in MN dominated by unvaccinated

The latest figures from October show a disproportionate number of deaths among the unvaccinated.

Jaxon Howard

Top MN football recruit Jaxon Howard to announce college decision

He's the son of former Minnesota Viking Willie Howard.

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

On-the-run man charged with murder in fatal shooting at gas station

The suspect hasn't been arrested, and court documents say he poses a risk to public safety.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 8

The latest details from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 9.27.07 AM

Couple ending festive lights display after dispute with sheriff over trespassing

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addressed complaints from over the summer on Facebook Saturday.

st louis co missing person terry - edit

MN man, 60, still missing despite 'extensive search efforts'

Local authorities are now asking for the public's help locating the man.

uncle sven's

Beloved Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe in St. Paul closes after 39 years

The hallway-sized shop with "a big heart" closed in late November.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 9.07.03 AM

'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform in 3 Minnesota cities in the summer

The singer will make stops in Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.