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Texas Classmates Become the Highest Paid in NFL, MLB

Matt Stafford and Clayton Kershaw grew up playing sports together in Dallas before going on to star in their respective sports

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    Texas Classmates Become the Highest Paid in NFL, MLB
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    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (left) and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

    H.P. stands for Highland Park, but it also stands for "highest paid."

    Two members of Highland Park High School's class of 2006 now sit atop the lists of highest paid athletes in two major sports.

    The Detroit Lions signed quarterback Matt Stafford to a five-year, $135 million extension Monday. Stafford's annual salary of a little more than $27 million per year makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

    Fellow Fighting Scot Clayton Kershaw was already the highest paid Major League Baseball player. He'll earn $35.5 million this season after signing a seven-year, $215 million contract in 2014.

    Stafford and Kershaw grew up playing sports together in Dallas before going on to star in their respective sports at Highland Park. As freshmen, Kershaw was Stafford's center on the football team in the fall. In the spring, Stafford was Kershaw's catcher on th baseball team.

    Stafford went on to play quarterback at Georgia before being selected first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Lions.

    Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Dodgers.

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