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30 Highest-Paid NFL Players Of All Time

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True sports enthusiasts appreciate and love football. When you think about it, what’s there not to love? Two opposing teams, 11 players on each side, and one ultimate goal. It has it all. Every football enthusiast must love the NFL (National Football League). This league is also a massive business.

Therefore, the NFL players are known for having some of the wealthiest athletes on the planet. Some players earn per game so much that they can comfortably retire after one year of active playing. So, who are the richest NFL players and what’s their net worth? Here are the top 30 richest NFL players ever.

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30. Jim Brown

Net Worth: $50 Million

James Nathaniel Brown, or better known as Jim Brown, was born in 1936. At the moment, James is 83 years old. He started earning from football in 1957.

Ever since his big breakthrough in 1957, James gains an impressive wealth of $50 million. After his professional career, James pursued a career as a film actor.

29. Larry Fitzgerald

Net Worth: $50 Million

Larry Fitzgerald is one of the rare receivers to earn such big money per match. At the time, he is the leader of the Cardinals’ and he is worth every penny.

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Larry is passionate about philanthropy, so a big part of his earnings goes to charity. Interestingly, he was sent to a military school during his junior year to improve academically.

28. Mark Sanchez

Net Worth: $52 Million

Mark started his football career while attending the University of Southern California. He debuted into NFL in 2009.

The year 2009 was significant for Sanchez because he signed a five-year contract with the Jets. The contract worth was $50 million, with $25 million guaranteed.

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27. Jason Peters

Net Worth: $53 Million

Peters started his football career while attending Queen City High School. He continued playing in college, where he moved from defensive man to the tight end position.

In 2004, Jason was selected by the Buffalo Bills 2004 and transferred to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. Once, he was fined with $560,000 in the training camp for not following the procedure. Still, that didn’t affect the total net worth.

26. Jake Long

Net Worth: $54 Million

Jake Long started playing football in high school. So far, he was a two-time first-team All-Metro League player. In 2008, Lon signed a five-year-long contract with Miami Dolphins.

Jake is currently one of the most worthy players in St. Louis Rams. On March 10, 2012, he married Jacqueline Laurian, his college sweetheart.

25. Jerry Rice

Net Worth: $55 Million

At the moment, Jerry Lee Rice is a retired professional football player with a net worth of $55 million.

Rice debuted NLF in 1985. He is divorced and has three children. In 2006, Jerry was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

24. Nnamdi Asomugha

Net Worth: $55 Million

Nnamdi Asomugha played football in college at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2003 until 2010, he played for the Oakland Raiders.

After that, he played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed with them, a five-year-long contract, for an incredible $60 million, and a $25 million guarantee. In 2013, Nnamdi Asomugha had an annual salary of $4 million. Once he retired, he started pursuing an acting career.

23. Alex Smith

Net Worth: $55 Million

Alex Mith was born in Seattle and grew up in the city of Lamesa, California. His uncle is the former head coach for the Michigan State University Spartans’ football team, so it’s ok to say that football runt through this family’s blood.

Alex played college football, and during that period, he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year in 2004. In 2005, Smith was selected by the San Francisco 49ers NFL Draft.

22. Haloti Ngata

Net Worth: $55 Million

Haloti Ngata is one of the key players for the Baltimore Ravens. He is so good at using his strength and speed toward opposing quarterbacks, that’s he’s opponents nightmare.

One year after he signed a $14 million contract with the Ravens, he married his current wife, Christina Adams.

21. Fran Tarkenton

Net Worth: $60 Million

Famous NFL quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, retired years ago and moved from the sports arena to the TV and software world.

He played in the NFL for 18 incredible seasons. Fran gave the majority of his fruitful NFL career to famous Minnesota Vikings.

20. Matthew Stafford

Net Worth: $60 Million

At the age of 31, John Matthew earns an annual salary of $27 million. Right after his college, John was drafted in the NFL by the Detriot Lions in 2009.

Also, he is the third professional football player to thrown more than 5,000 yards in a single season.

19. Julius Peppers

Net Worth: $60 Million

Julius earned his wealth by playing for famous Chicago Bears in the NFL. In 2002, Julius was picked by the Carolina Panthers, where he had eight incredible seasons.

That same year, 2002, Peppers was the NFL Rookie of the Month. In 2010, Peppers became a free agent. That same year, the Chicago Bears signed him to a six-year contract.

18. Sam Bradford

Net Worth: $60 Million

Samuel Jacob “Sam” Bradford earned $60 million so far. Just in 2013, his annual salary was $9 million. He was the Rams Rookie of the Year as well as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

When he signed a six-year-long contract with the St. Louis Rams, he signed the worth of $75 million. From that sum, 450 million was guaranteed. This contract was the largest contract ever rewarded to an NFL rookie.

17. Randy Moss

Net Worth: $62 Million

Moss started playing serious football at college, while he attended the Marshall University. He received All-American honors twice. While on college, he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

Randy moved from Vikings to the New England Patriots, just to return to the Minnesota Vikings.

16. Joe Flacco

Net Worth: $65 Million

Joe Flacco signed his first major contract with Baltimore Ravens in 2008. The contract value was $430 million, with $8.75 million guaranteed.

By many standards, Joe has elite earnings. He is married and still an active player.

15. Terrell Suggs

Net Worth: $69 Million

Terrell’s highest single-season earnings were $24.9 million, back in 2010. He spent 16 years of his career with the Ravens, but now he is part of Cardinals. In 2018 he became a free agent and got himself a deal with Cardinals.

To date, Terells has been selected for Pro-Bowl five times. Also, he is one of the highest-paid linebackers in the history of the NFL, thanks to his $33.1 million bonus.

14. Tony Romo

Net Worth: $70 Million

Tony Romo played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Nowadays, he is busy as a full-time sports analysis.

In 2008, Tony signed a five-year endorsement with Starter, for $10 million. In tabloids, he is known for dating former Miss Missouri USA, Candice Crawford. At the moment, Romo and Candice are married since 2011.

13. Ndamukong Suh

Net Worth: $70 Million

Ndamukong Suh played college football, and during those years, he became one of the best players in college football history. He also won numerous awards.

So far, his highest contract was with the Dolphins. At the time, he plays for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

12. Ben Roethlisberger

Net Worth: $70 Million

“Big Ben” played football from his early college days at Miami University. In 2004, he earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Ben overcome one of the most challenging moments, back in 2006 during the Super Bowl Season when he was heavily injured from a motorcycle crash. At the moment, Ben plays for Pitsburg Steelers. Furthermore, he holds numerous awards.

11. Joe Montana

Net Worth: $80 Million

Joe Montana marked the world of football in the period from 1979 to 1994. In 2000, this famous player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This former American NFL quarterback is also known as “Joe Cool” or “The Comeback Kid.” Montana was the very first player to have named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times.

10. Calvin Johnson

Net Worth: $85 Million

During his college time at Georgia Tech, Johnson was considered the greatest receiver of all time. Although he had the strength, the speed, eye, hands, and leaping ability, he retired in 2015, because he was in pain.

So, he had to walk away from the final four years, with $66 million on his contract.

9. Eli Manning

Net Worth: $100 Million

NFL player Eli Manning is one of the most valuable team members of the New York Giants. At the moment, he is 38 years old and still plays for Giants.

However, rumor has it that he will be replaced with a rookie Daniel Jones. Still, Giants will pay him $17 million just for this season. With such a high payout, Manning is one of the highest-paid players in NFL history. Not bad for someone who is not a part of the Hall of Fame.

8. Brett Favre

Net Worth: $100 Million

Brett Favre is a former Americal football quarterback, mostly known for his fantastic series of touchdowns. He had a reputation for loving to play rough.

Brett spends the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers. In 1991 he also played for the Atlanta Falcons.

7. Carson Palmer

Net Worth: $100 Million

Palmer is a former American football quarterback. He played 15 seasons in the NFL. During his career, Carson mostly played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer had a rich college football career.

During his college days, Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002. He earned the most in 2017 when during one season, his bank account was richer for $24.1 million.

6. Drew Brees

Net Worth: $130 Million

Drew Brees is one of the most successful NFL players today. He is part of the New Orleans Saints, although he is in his late 30s and early 40s. Furthermore, it seems that he is not thinking about retirement.

Drew is in professional football waters since 2004. When he is not achieving touchdowns, he spends his day with his wife, college girlfriend, and four children.

5. John Elway

Net Worth: $145 Million

Currently, Elway is busy working as a general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Denver Broncos. He spent years playing football at Stanford.

At the moment of his retirement, Elway had 148 victories, the most victories by a starting quarterback. Brett Favre broke this record in 2007.

4. Tom Brady

Net Worth: $180 Million

Brady is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). To sports fans, he is known for winning 6 Super Bowls with the same team.

To non-football personalities, Brady is known for being married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Brady shows no signs of slowing down, although he is in his early 40’s.

3. Peyton Manning

Net Worth: $200 Million

Peyton Manning played more than 18 seasons in the NFL with famous Indianapolis Colts. Manning played as a quarterback. During his career, Peyton received many rewards, including a $4 million bonus for winning the Super Bowl in 2015.

At the time of retirement, he had $19 million and one year, but that didn’t stop him from retirement. The final words of his retirement speech were, “I’ve fought a good fight.”

2. John Madden

Net Worth: $200 Million

John Madden is a former professional football player, football coach, and sportscaster. He started coaching as soon as he ended his career as a professional player. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted John, but a substantial knee injury stopped him from having a long career as a player.

However, he did end up having a long career as a football coach and sports announcer. So, he spends three decades as an NFL commentator for NBC, Fox, and CBS. In 2006, Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a head coach. He announced his retirement from broadcasting on 16 April 2009, saying, “It’s time.”

1. Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 Million

Roger Staubach is a former American NFL player. He is also the wealthiest NFL player with an astonishing net worth of $600 million. He is not serving as a professional player anymore but is active as a businessman nowadays.

Roger is also known as “Captain America.” He joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and played 11 seasons with the club. He led Cowboys to the Super Bowl five times, and to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. Staubach was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI.

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