It is no doubt that the Jersey Shore is a rather unique yet talent-filled place to be.

Don't believe me?

Well, I will just let the statistics show for themselves. These are the top-paid athletes that made it to the big leagues that originated where? You guessed it....the Jersey Shore!

7. Chris Hogan

Money Earned Last Season: $2.8 Million

This Monmouth grad became one of Tom Brady's favorite targets for The New England Patriots with 159 career receptions as an NFL receiver!

6. Brad Brach

Money Earned Last Season: $3.1 Million

This baseball star attended Freehold High and Monmouth University so he is as Jersey Shore as it gets. He played with the Baltimore Orioles last season with a 3.00 EA and 21 saves.

 5. James Van Riemsdyk

Money Earned Last Season: $5 Million

This hockey player grew up in Middletown before making the big bucks with the Toronto Maple Leafs!

4. Vinny Curry

Money Earned Last Season: $7 Million

This Neptune native helped the Eagles to win their first Super Bowl last season but became a salary-cap casualty. But do not worry because he just signed a three-year deal with Tampa Bay.

3 Todd Frazier

Money Earned Last Season: $7 Million

Born in Toms River and Rutgers graduate proved his worth to get a big payday with the Mets this offseason.

2. Martin Truex Jr.

Money Earned Last Season: $9.9 Million

This junior came from Mayetta and just won his first NASCAR championship last season!

1. J.R. Smith

Money Earned Last Season: $12.9 Million

Mr. Smith was born in Lakewood and went on to become one of LeBron James' sidekicks with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Check out the original article at NJ.com for other top-earning Jersey athletes.

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