James Andrews has become a hidden force in sports -- rescuing careers, changing the outcome of games, and making billions for stars and teams -- by mending the world's best athletes. Here's a list of the top money earners, and insight on how Andrews helped them get there.

Superman visited Andrews for a consultation on an ailing shoulder while he was still playing college hoops for LSU, the doc's alma mater. Shaq has gone on to win four NBA championships (three of which he was Finals MVP) and earn more than $250 million in salary in what's been a 16-year pro career so far. Good meeting.

Talk about "performance enhancing"... Clemens had labrum surgery in 1985 as a second-year pro and a year later became the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a game. He went on to take home seven Cy Young Awards and nearly $150 million in salary.

The flaky lefty has clearly benefited from the time he spent in Andrews' biomechanics lab in 2002: Zito won the Cy Young Award that year after finishing 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA, and he became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball last year when he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Manning had knee surgery with Andrews in his last year of college. The first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Manning has earned $115 million in salary and signing bonuses with the Colts over the past ten seasons, making the Pro Bowl eight times and spearheading the Colts' 2007 Super Bowl victory. He also appears in 1 out of every 3 TV commercials, or so it seems, making him the ninth highest-earning athlete in the world, according to Sports Illustrated.

After elbow surgery in 2001, Iverson was one of the few athletes to express dissatisfaction with Andrews' work. "I got surgery on my elbow and I think my elbow is worse than it was before," he told reporters. Nonetheless, he averages more points and minutes per game than any other player in the league and signed a 6-year $90.2 million deal in 2003.

In 1985, while still in the minors, he had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He is indebted to Andrews for a 21-year major-league career, two World Series wins, an estimated $82 million in salary, and a perfect game pitched in spite of a "skull-rattling hangover." Sports blog Umpbump.com says that Wells has the "best reconstructed elbow of all time."

Andrews reconstructed his elbow in 1987, two years before he made the majors. Rogers has put that reconstructed arm to good use setting the all-time pickoff record; he also pitched a perfect game in 1994 and won his 200th game in 2006. Now in his 20th season, the five-time Gold Glove is baseball's oldest player. His career earnings total nearly $75 million.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery, he missed the entire 2000 season. Smoltz came back strong in 2002 as the Braves closer, recording 55 saves, eventually becoming the only MLB pitcher ever to pass both 200 wins and 150 saves. He's earned $71 million in salary since his operation, but shoulder problems sent the 41-year-old back to Andrews for surgery in June and he may never return to the mound again.

After his third year in the NFL, Andrews performed elbow and shoulder operations in 1991. Aikman went on to earn an additional $65 million and three Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys.

Andrews examined Carter's ailing left knee in November 2002. He didn't find any structural damage in the MRI and Carter returned to the court weeks later. Since then, Carter has earned $64 million and has been a go-to workhorse for both the Raptors and the Nets. In the 2006-07 season, he scored over 2,000 points, averaging 25.2 per game, and led the league in games played.

In January 2006, the QB had major shoulder surgery. Andrews' testimonial that Brees would fully recover led the Saints to give him a six-year contract worth $60 million. He led the team to the NFC Championship Game one year after surgery.

Wood had Tommy John surgery in 1999. In 2001, he bested 12-6 with a 3.36 ERA. $53 million in salary and some further arm problems later, he's now very effective in his role as the Cubs closer.

Top Money Earners in Sports

James Andrews has become a hidden force in sports — rescuing careers, changing the outcome of games, and making billions for stars and teams — by mending the world's best athletes. Here's a list of the top money earners, and insight on how Andrews helped them get there.

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