Each year, millions of Americans tune in to watch the Super Bowl, which has consistently held the record for the most-watched televised event each year. It’s no wonder then that the players who make it all happen to earn such killer paychecks. Though many of them escape the celebrity grind, it’s easy to forget that they oftentimes earn way more, which makes their ultimate net worths that much more impressive. From some of the biggest names in the industry to new players who are full of potential, the net worths of the following players will be sure to surprise you for good or for bad.
Aaron Donald – $40 Million
Aaron Donald may be a relative newcomer to the NFL, having only been drafted for the 2014 season, but in that short amount of time, he’s managed to build up an impressive net worth.
Playing for the formerly St. Louis, now Los Angeles, Rams for the entirety of his career has been a good move for the defensive tackler, as he recently signed a deal with a $40 million sign-on bonus to continue playing with the team for another six years.
Drew Brees – $100 Million
It makes sense that Drew Brees has one of the highest net worths in the NFL. While his name may not be bandied about with the regularity of some other players, Brees has been a consistent presence in the NFL since 2001.
With one of the best records for passing yards in the NFL, it’s no wonder that the New Orleans Saints have held on tight to their star quarterback, especially since he led them to their first Super Bowl his very first year.
Matthew Stafford – $60 Million
When it comes to team sports, there are often times several different metrics one can use to judge the quality of a player. When it comes to Matthew Stafford, however, it’s definitely by the reach of his passes.
He’s had one of the highest records in the NFL for total passing yards, achieving 30,000 passing yards faster than any player had before him. With his 2017 extension deal to stay with the Detroit Lions, Stafford was briefly the highest paid player in the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger – $70 Million
There’s a lot that makes Ben Roethlisberger stand out from the crowd, and his sheer size is only one of them. While his two Super Bowl rings may not be that out of the ordinary, Roethlisberger holds the record for being the youngest quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl.
Despite being on the losing team at his third Super Bowl appearance, Roethlisberger is still one of the most accomplished quarterbacks ever, having a passing rate of 94.0.
Carson Palmer – $60 Million
Carson Palmer certainly made his mark on pro-football during the 15 years he played in the NFL. Palmer began his career as the Bengal’s quarterback in 2003, but found that he couldn’t achieve the level of success they were looking for, so they traded him to the Oakland Raiders.
He spent only two seasons in California before being traded once more to Arizona. He may not have been the most outstanding player, but Palmer was nothing but dependable until he was injured.
Philip Rivers – $80 Million
There was a chance that Philip Rivers could have been known as the player the Giants didn’t want because they wanted Eli Manning instead.
While he may not have come to the NFL with the legacy of a famous family, Rivers has done well enough as the quarterback of the Chargers, which included leading them to their first playoff game since 1994. His impressive statistics also include the record for having the fourth most consecutive starts in the NFL.
Blake Bortles – $11 Million
Bortles is a relative newcomer when it comes to the quarterback club, but in his three seasons playing pro-football, he’s already earned himself distinction. In only three years, he managed to help lead his team to their first AFC Championship in nearly 20 years.
Though the team lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots, Bortles’ talent has been a welcome addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars, which has already begun to pay off in the form of his latest contract.
Matt Ryan – $50-85 Million
The difference between a net worth of $50 million and $85 million might seem like a drop in the bucket for us plebians, but Matt Ryan’s contested net worth is likely all because of how much potential he still has.
Ryan distinguished himself early in his career, becoming one of the few quarterbacks to start in all 16 games, let alone in his rookie year. Ryan briefly became the highest paid NFL quarterback when he signed an extension in early 2018, before Aaron Rodgers surpassed him a few months later.
Andrew Luck – $40 Million
Since his start in 2012, Andrew Luck has been hyped up for his potential as a quarterback, though he hasn’t always managed to follow through. Despite several missteps on the field, Luck still holds the record for one of the best comebacks in the history of the playoffs, as he brought the Indiana Colts back from behind.
As luck had it, he signed a massive extension deal in 2016 but took off all of 2017 to heal from surgery. Then, citing those injuries, he stunned the football world when he retired aged 29 in 2019.
Cam Newton – $45 Million
Cam Newton’s career started off with a bang, as he racked up incredible records even before he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers. As a quarterback, he managed to annihilate the previous record held for the number of yards thrown in his first game ever, but his performance has only continued to improve.
Newton has shown time and again that he can shatter old records in a number of different areas, from passing yards, touchdowns passes, and even touchdowns of his own.
Von Miller – $24 Million
You might not know how to say his middle name, but when you see Von Miller play, it doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Miller is one of the few defenders in the NFL to earn a paycheck nearly as big as his fellow quarterbacks, which is due in part to his excellence on the field.
When the Broncos finally made it to the Super Bowl in 2015, it was Miller’s contribution that helped lead the team to victory and earned Miller the MVP title.
Odell Beckham Jr. – $25 Million
In the years since Odell Beckham Jr. has joined the NFL, he’s easily become one of the most popular players. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also one of the best wide receivers in the league, continuously breaking records for the number of receptions he’s made in an astounding amount of time.
Despite joining the team after the Giants’ past two Super Bowl appearances, Beckham Jr. recently signed a killer extension deal to stay with the team for the next five years.
Demarcus Lawrence – $5 Million
When the Dallas Cowboys realized they needed to bring in a fresh prospect to liven up their lineup, they did everything they could in order to draft Demarcus Lawrence.
He may have begun his professional football career with an injury, but the moment he made it back onto the field, it was clear just how much potential Lawrence really had. In the few seasons he has played, he’s become a clear front-runner as a left defensive end.
Derek Carr – $23.5 Million
Derek Carr is another quarterback in the NFL who seems to have football in his blood, as he’s followed in his older brother’s footsteps by becoming a quarterback.
When he began his professional career with the Oakland Raiders in 2014, Carr thought he’d have to be content playing second fiddle to Matt Schaub, but his opening performances quickly bumped him to the starting roster. Carr cemented his legacy when he signed a $125 million contract extension for five years in 2017.
John Elway – $145 Million
It seems the Denver Broncos have been good to John Elway, as he first began his career playing for the team, which only kick-started his impressive accumulation of wealth.
He managed to funnel his career into becoming the owner and general manager of his former team, while also working to build his portfolio through other business ventures, including two self-named restaurants, several car dealerships, and a gig writing a weekly blog post about the NFL for OpenSports.com
Steve Young – $200 Million
If you missed Steve Young during his playing years, you may still be familiar with his voice. His professional career got a rocky start when he was drafted by the struggling team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his true potential was realized several years later when he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
Playing with Joe Montana during his formative years helped to develop Steve Young into one of the best quarterbacks of his time, a skill he now parlayed into sports commentary.
Jimmy Garoppolo – $25 Million
Jimmy Garoppolo may have begun his professional career as the number two behind Tom Brady on the New England Patriots, but it quickly became clear that his talent was being wasted, even though he’s already participated in two winning Super Bowls.
So, in 2017, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, which has really given him a chance to shine, earning him distinction for having a 7-0 starting record, which hasn’t been done since Ben Roethlisberger in 2004.
Jerry Richardson – $2 Billion
Although named the Baltimore Colts’ Rookie of the Year in 1959, Jerry Richardson’s two years in the NFL are overshadowed by years of performances by others on the list. On the other hand, his net worth far overshadows all others featured here.
After he won the 1959 NFL Championship game, where he caught a pass from legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas, he invested in his own Hardee’s franchise. This expanded quickly, and he made a living running companies. He later founded the Carolina Panthers, which he sold this year.
Sam Bradford – $70 Million
Sam Bradford has missed the equivalent of three full seasons from a slew of injuries over the years. In addition, he has never led his team to the playoffs. Did this stop him from making fat stacks of cash? Nope.
Does he deserve the money? On one hand, his passer rating is extremely high, but on the other hand, he never seems to finish a season. If you’re also prone to injury, be like Bradford and get rich while you’re at it.
Jerry Rice – $55 Million
If you think Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver who ever played the game, you’re far from the only one. Indeed, he’s often ranked as the greatest player who ever played the game, period.
He holds pretty much all the major records for a wide receiver, has won three Superbowls with the San Fransisco 49ers, and was selected to 13 Pro Bowls. In addition to making his money with the 49ers, he also made money playing for the Seattle Seahawks, the Oakland Raiders, and the Denver Broncos.
Michael Strahan – $65 Million
The former defensive end for the New York Giants is one of the best defensive players who ever played. He set a record in 2001 for most sacks in a single season, which he still holds. The Giants shut down the undefeated Patriots at the Superbowl in 2007 and he won his ring before retiring.
Since then, he has been on Fox NFL Sunday and Good Morning America, which is really no surprise. Look at how charming he looks with that multi-million dollar smile!
Kurt Warner – $30 Million
Kurt Warner’s story is widely considered to be among the best in the NFL. Passed over by NFL teams at the start of his career, he played so well in lesser leagues that he was eventually picked up by the St. Louis Rams.
It was there that he broke through as part of “the greatest show on turf.” With the Rams, he won one Superbowl and lost another. Later in his career, he led the Arizona Cardinals to another Superbowl, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Alex Smith – $55 Million
Alex Smith’s career may have gotten off to a rocky start, but since conquering the many injuries that characterized his early years with the NFL, Smith has gone on to earn distinction as a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
By 2015, the only quarterbacks in the NFL to have better winning records than Smith were Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. Since 2017, Smith has been playing for the Washington Red Skins, with whom he’s signed a four-year contract.
Brett Favre – $100 Million
One of the most legendary players of the modern era, Brett Favre’s career has been set apart not only by the sheer number of records he set throughout his playing years, but also due to the incredible length of his professional career.
Favre spent the majority of his two decades playing and winning for the Green Bay Packers, but in his final few years before his ultimate retirement, Favre also played with the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.
Tom Brady – $180 Million
Whether or not you believe that Tom Brady is the greatest player in the NFL or a cheater who just managed to scour away the evidence, he still has an impressive net worth.
Though he was underestimated in the early days of his career, his win at the Super Bowl in his second year helped to cement him as the face of the modern-day New England Patriots. In addition to his NFL salary, Brady has boosted his net worth with celebrity endorsements. In 2008, it was reported that Brady purchased a $50 million Gulfstream private jet.
Khalil Mack – $9.6 Million
From the beginning of his career with the Oakland Raiders, Khalil Mack has shown more than just potential. In only a couple of years, he’s racked up numerous accolades for his skill in not one, but two different positions – defensive end and outside linebacker.
While Mack’s net worth might not seem to compare to those of famous quarterbacks, with his recent $141 extension deal, he’s become the highest paid defensive player in the entire history of the NFL.
Jay Cutler – $50 Million
After 12 years of professional play, Jay Cutler was ready to hang up his uniform once and for all. His plans went awry when he came out of retirement only a year later, which has brought Cutler’s talents to his third NFL team.
After beginning his career with the Denver Broncos, Cutler spent the bulk of his career playing for the Chicago Bears. He spent last year with the Miami Dolphins, a deal which earned him the sweet sum of a $10 million salary.
Eli Manning – $100 Million
It can be hard to get out from a talented older brother’s shadow, but with two Super Bowl wins under his belt, Manning has certainly shown that he has the skills to bring home the championship.
Manning has been playing for the NY Giants since he was drafted to the NFL out of college. In addition to his sweet NFL paycheck, Manning has added a considerable amount to his personal wealth by taking on a number of different brand endorsements.
Kirk Cousins – $50 Million
When Kirk Cousins was first drafted in 2012, he was quickly overshadowed by his fellow rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who became the Washington Redskins’ main starter. Cousins may have thought his career would take a back seat to RGIII’s, but after a 2015 injury, Cousins was finally given his big break.
Cousins may have shown plenty of skill on the field, but when the Redskins refused to acknowledge that in a satisfactory contract, Cousins became a free agent and signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Calvin Johnson – $30 Million
Nicknamed “Megatron” by one of his fellow players, Calvin Johnson is a rare talent on the football field. It’s generally true that the bigger a player’s size, the slower they may be, but that’s far from the case when it comes to Johnson.
At a towering 6’5″, Johnson still manages to be faster and more agile than many of his fellow players, which helped to bring him an enormously large contract when he signed an extension with the Detroit Lions in 2012.
Ndamukong Suh – $70 Million
Ndamukong was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 6 in 1987. He is recognized as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Ndamukong Suh was estimated to have a net worth of $70 million in 2015.
Suh played college football at the University of Nebraska and has since become one of the most decorated players in college football history. He has won numerous awards, including the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, and the Outland Trophy.
Julius Peppers – $60 Million
Julius played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers second overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He also played for the Chicago Bears from 2010 through 2013 and the Green Bay Packers from 2014 to 2016.
Peppers was named to the Pro Bowl an incredible nine times, and both the first and second All-Pro teams three times each. In his rookie season, he was mentioned as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002, where he made 12 sacks, five forced fumbles, and an interception, all while playing in only 12 games.
Randy Moss – $62 Million
After playing college football at Marshall University, Randy Moss was selected for the NFL, and he has received All-American honors twice. He first played with the Vikings for seven years, and after that, he moved to the Oakland Traders.
Two years later, he was again moved to play with the New England Patriots. Back in 2010, he returned to the Minnesota Vikings as a result of another trade with the New England Patriots. Shortly after, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers to play for the 2012-2013 season.
Terrell Suggs – $69 Million
Terrell Suggs attended Arizona State University, where he played as a defensive end. Back in 2003, he was selected by the Ravens as the first round, 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft. At age 20, Suggs became one of the youngest NFL players.
After a stint with the Cardinals, Suggs is currently playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he won his second Super Bowl, once again against San Francisco, after helping the Ravens win one. Suggs has been selected for the Pro-Bowl five times and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Tony Romo – $70 Million
Antonio “Tony” Romo is a retired quarterback who played his entire 14-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. Romo played college football for Eastern Illinois University and led them to a conference championship in 2001.
Romo was signed as a free agent with the Cowboys in 2003, and he began his career as a holder, before becoming the Cowboys’ starting quarterback in the 2006 season. From 2006 to 2015, he served as the team’s primary starter and led the Cowboys to four postseason appearances. After the 2016 season, Romo decided to retire.
Jared Allen – $58 Millon
Allen first started his career while in high school, where he racked up 96 tackles, 12 sacks, and five fumble recoveries. After playing football in college for Idaho State University, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
He was selected as a starting defensive end during the 2007 Pro Bowl; then, he was traded off to the Minnesota Vikings in 2008. Allen has placed 13th on the list of the NFL’s Top 100 players in 2012.
Haloti Ngata – $55 Million
Haloti Ngata grew up in Inglewood, California, and later studied at the University of Oregon while playing for their football team. In 2006, he was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
It was the first time that the Ravens used a first-round pick for a defensive lineman. On July 28, 2006, Haloti Ngata signed a 5-year contract with the Ravens. Haloti Ngata also played for the Philadelphia Eagles for one season in 2018 before retiring.
Jake Long – $55 Million
He has played for the Miami Dolphins, the Atlanta Falcons, and the St. Louis Rams. At the University of Michigan, he played for a year before becoming a starter at offensive tackle.
After being drafted by Miami, he became an immediate starter and started every game that the team played. Long was regarded as the top offensive tackle available in the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2017, Long announced his retirement from the NFL.
Ndamdi Asomugha – $55 Million
After playing football in college at the University of California, Berkeley, he was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
From 2003 until 2010, Nnamdi played for the Oakland Raiders, and over the next two seasons, he played with the Philadelphia Eagles after signing a five-year contract. In April 2013, he agreed to a one year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. On December 26, 2013, Asomugha signed a one-day contract with Oakland so he could retire as a Raider.
Jason Peters – $53 Million
Jason Peters began his football career while attending Queen City High School, going on to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks in college. He first spent his freshman year as a reserve defensive lineman but was eventually moved to the tight end position.
The Buffalo Bills chose him as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He has since made it to the Pro Bowl several times. After staging a holdout, he transferred to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.
Mark Sanchez – $52 Million
Mark Sanchez was named the nation’s top quarterback coming out of high school, so he was well regarded upon his arrival at the University of Southern California. Sanchez currently plays for the NFL’s Denver Broncos, as a quarterback.
In 2009, he made his NFL debut when he was selected as the second overall quarterback for the New York Jets. In June 2009, Sanchez signed a five-year deal with the Jets. Sanchez announced his retirement in 2019 and subsequently took a position with ESPN’s college football coverage.
Larry Fitzgerald – $55 Million
Larry Fitzgerald is a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He played football while in college in Pittsburgh, where he earned unanimous All-America honors. The Cardinals picked him in the 2004 NFL Draft. Larry was selected for the Pro Bowl eleven times.
Since September 2019, he is second in career receptions and sixth in receiving touchdowns. He had a very memorable football career while playing for the team. His 2,677 receiving yards made him one of the top receivers in Big East Conference history.
Jim Brown – $50 Million
Jim Brown is a former professional football player and sports analyst. He played as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL from 1957 through 1965. Jim Brown is considered one of the best football players of all time.
He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons, and by the time he decided to retire, he had shattered most major rushing records. Shortly before the end of his football career, Brown became an actor and had several leading roles throughout the 1970s.
Emmitt Smith – $50 Million
Emmitt was a running back for fifteen seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys. He was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys; he is the league’s all-time leading rusher. During his professional career, he rushed for 18,355 yards, breaking the record.
Smith is the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same year of 1993.
Vincent Jackson – $50 Million
After attending Widefield High School, he went on to study at the University of Northern Colorado, where he started his football career. Jackson went on to play for the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team’s wide receiver.
Back in 2005, he was selected by the San Diego Chargers as their second-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and in March 2012, Jackson was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a five-year contract. To date, Jackson has been selected to a Pro-bowl three times.
Reggie Wayne – $48 Million
Reggie Wayne got drafted into the NFL in 2001 with the Indianapolis Colts and never played with another team. It was with the Colts that he won a Super Bowl, was selected to six Pro Bowls, and named to three All-Pro teams.
He consistently performed at a high level, but most importantly in the playoffs when it really mattered. Until Julian Edelman passed him, he was second in career playoff receptions after the great Jerry Rice. It’s no surprise that he was able to negotiate lucrative contracts that help him make $48 million.
Joe Thomas – $48 Million
Although Joe Thomas played phenomenally, he had the bad luck of playing for a terrible team. The Cleveland Browns were awful throughout the 11 seasons he played for them, but Thomas made it to the Pro Bowl 10 consecutive years since being drafted in 2007.
Thomas reached an NFL milestone with 10,000 consecutive snaps in 2017, his final year, which no one had done before. During his last year, the offensive tackle tore his triceps but the Browns still gave him a well-deserved raise. He’s worth $48 million today — richer than a lot of Super Bowl champions.
Brandon Marshall – $48 Million
At the moment a free agent, Brandon Marshall is a force to be reckoned with. Former cornerback Brandon Flowers once said, “Brandon Marshall is a defensive lineman playing wide receiver.” Let’s hope that puts things into perspective.
The six-time Pro Bowler has never played in the postseason, however, which is peculiar considering the caliber of player that he is. When you look back, though, you can see he often carries losing teams, which is why he has been able to negotiate such high salaries. He’s made $48 million so far and is in it.
Drew Bledsoe – $48 Million
Drew Bledsoe’s replacement, Tom Brady, may forever overshadow his own accomplishments as a football player. After all, his stint with the Patriots is markedly worse than Brady’s, but also note that the year Brady replaced Bledsoe was because of an injury, Bledsoe had signed a 10-year, $103 million contract, which was then a record.
Bledsoe is so respected in New England that fans cheered for him in subsequent years when he played at Foxboro as a visiting player. Retired since 2007, he currently has some $48 million.
Antrel Rolle – $48 Million
Antrel Rolle had a terrible start his first year in the NFL, as he was injured. Over the next years, though, he showed the organization that he was well worth the $43 million Arizona agreed to for a six-year contract.
He was a feared and respected member of the Arizona Cardinals that helped them get to the Super Bowl in 2008. He was released two years later and signed for the New York Giants for a $37 million contract. Rolle retired in 2017 and currently has an estimated net worth of $48 million.
Anquan Boldin – $46 Million
When Anquan Boldin retired after the 2016 season, he was able to look back on a career of excellence playing for some of the finest teams in the NFL. Boldin also made a lot of money, as his net worth is appraised at $46 million.
It’s no surprise he got great paychecks as he went to the Pro Bowl three times, each of them as an Arizona Cardinal, and helped win Super Bowl XLVII as a Baltimore Raven. His next team was San Fransisco, where he was was awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2015.
Vernon Davis – $46 Million
Vernon Davis was the highest-paid tight end ever when he joined the San Fransisco 49ers, which was well-deserved because he was an absolute monster of a player.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice during his time at San Francisco, but he got traded to the Denver Broncos in 2015 following a subpar season in which he was plagued by injuries. Davis had the last laugh when the Broncos won the game and he got his Super Bowl ring. He retired in 2020, having accumulated a net worth of $46 million.
Kerry Collins – $40 Million
Kerry Collins was the first player selected by the Carolina Panthers in the annual draft, coming out of Joe Paterno’s football program at Penn State.
While his career doesn’t look that stellar considering total career wins to losses (the losses outweigh the wins), he’s still managed to be a key player at the right moment — namely, when it comes time to negotiate a contract. His one Super Bowl appearance is one of the saddest we’ve ever seen, but it’s doubtful he thinks about it today as he sits on $40 million.
Ray Lewis – $45 Million
Ray Lewis is by far one of the best linebackers to play the game, playing all of his 17 years in the league with the Baltimore Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl a mind-boggling 13 times, not to mention 10 All-Pro teams.
The two Super Bowls he helped his team win solidified his place as one of the most important players who ever played for the Ravens. With his infectious charisma, it’s no surprise that Lewis was so valued. And he knew to negotiate a decent salary, with some $45 million in net worth.
Matt Cassel – $45 Million
Matt Cassel started off in the NFL as the backup to Tom Brady, the gridiron GOAT, which is a tough place for a young quarterback to make a name for himself. He got his chance, though, when Brady got injured and he started. The Patriots stayed strong even though Brady was out, thanks to Cassel.
Eventually, he got traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and led them to the playoffs in 2010. Cassel spent the remainder of his career between the Vikings, Bills, Cowboys, Titans, and Lions, amassing a net worth of $45 million.
Walter Jones – $45 Million
Walter Jones started off playing football at a community college in Mississippi, where his talent was immediately recognized. He transferred to Florida State University before being drafted into the Seattle Seahawks, for whom he would play his entire NFL career.
During that time, he was selected to nine Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams six times. Needless to say, after giving so much to the team, the Seahawks retired his number (71). Jones, for his part, walked away with an estimated $45 million.
Joe Haden – $45 Million
Joe Haden made waves as a Cleveland Brown from 2010 to 2016, which is when he left Ohio to play for the team’s hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was one of the Browns’ best players, getting two Pro Bowl selections in a row while at Cleveland.
The Steelers liked him so much they signed him to a two-year, $22 million contract in 2019. As an indication of how much he is worth it, he got selected to the Pro Bowl once again a few months later. Currently, his net worth is valued at $45 million
Gerald McCoy – $45 Million
Gerald McCoy plays for the Carolina Panthers at the moment, but much of his NFL career has been spent playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With the latter team, he got selected to no less than six Pro Bowls in a row, as well as the first-team All-Pro three years in a row. With such playing ability, it’s no surprise that he’s been able to demand such high salaries and gather $45 million in net worth.
Trent Williams – $45 Million
A phenomenal offensive tackle, Trent Williams has been playing for the Washington Redskins since 2010. At 6’5″ and 320 lbs, he’s certainly a force to be reckoned with and earned a Pro Bowl selection seven times in a row.
Williams had a growth on his head that had to be removed when it turned out to be cancerous, even though the Redskins’ medical staff said it wasn’t malignant. Although furious with the organization, he ended up staying with them. After all, it’s through the Redskins that he made $45 million.
Steven Jackson – $41 Million
Former running back Steven Jackson played for the Rams and Falcons before playing his final season with the New England Patriots in 2015. Even though he played for other teams, Jackson’s probably best remembered for being a Ram.
He holds the Rams’ record for most rushing yards and made the Pro Bowl three times, all of them with the Rams. He didn’t play again after the 2015 season, but he signed a one-day contract in 2019 so he would be able to retire a Ram. Jackson has a reported net worth of $41 million.
Frank Gore – $40 Million
After getting selected to the San Fransisco 49ers in 2005, Frank Gore played for the Dolphins and Colts before landing with the Buffalo Bills, where he plays today. He’s currently the oldest running back in the league, becoming just the fourth player in history to have rushed for over 15,000 yards in 2019.
In fact, he comes in third place for players with the most running yards. Over the decade and a half that he’s been playing professional football, Gore has managed to accrue a fortune of $40 million and counting.
Ryan Clady – $40 Million
Ryan Clady only played for nine seasons in the NFL, yet that didn’t stop him from accumulating a fortune of $40 million. He was a great player that was honored with four Pro Bowl selections over the years and several lucrative contracts.
Clady helped one of his teams, the Denver Broncos, reach Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers, but it’s worth noting that he sadly didn’t play because of a torn ACL. Let’s hope the $40 million he earned helps him get past missing the big game!
Edgerrin James – $40 Million
Edgerrin James was named the NFL Rookie of the Year his first year. “The Edge,” as he was dubbed, joined the great Peyton Manning when he was drafted in 1999 to the Indiana Colts in their first draft pick, a move that was initially criticized by those who thought that he wasn’t as good of a choice as Ricky Williams.
James outperformed him over their respective careers, statistically, despite playing one less season, and was deservedly inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. His net worth is estimated at $40 million.
Deion Sanders – $40 Million
Deion Sanders, one of the most versatile athletes on this list, is the only athlete to hold the distinction of competing in both a Super Bowl and a World Series (yes, he was also a baseball player). Nicknamed “Prime Time,” he managed to be a playmaker on defense as a cornerback and returning kicks and punts as well.
He was first-team All-Pro nine (!) times as a cornerback, once as a kick returner, and once as a punt returner. Throughout his NFL career, he was playing major league baseball too and even released a rap album, titled “Prime Time.”
Roddy White – $40 Million
Roddy White is one of the best wide receivers the Atlanta Falcons have ever had, holding several franchise records. Coming out of a stellar college career and getting chosen by the team as their first-round draft pick in 2005, he immediately stood out on the field catching quarterback Michael Vick’s passes.
He was responsible for much of the team’s success. A four-time Pro Bowler who was named first-team All-Pro in 2010, it’s only fair that he got paid what he deserved. He retired in 2015 and has a net worth estimated at $40 million.
Marcell Dareus – $36 Million
Marcell Dareus was drafted in 2011 to be a defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills. In the years since then, he has accumulated $36 million up to now, which is in no small part due to his $95.1 million, six-year extension with the team he signed in 2016.
The two-time Pro Bowler deserved to be rewarded for his fantastic gameplay, and the Bills were in desperate need of playmakers on the defense. However, despite the extension, he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017, where he plays today.
LaDainian Tomlinson – $36 Million
Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is widely considered one of the best running backs of all time, so it’s no surprise that he’s worth some $36 million.
Most of his career was spent playing with the San Diego Chargers, playing so well for them that he was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and honored by getting named to six All-Pro teams. After a two-year stint with the New York Jets, Tomlinson signed a ceremonial contract with San Diego and promptly retired.
Jerod Mayo – $36 Million
Jerod Mayo is now an inside linebackers coach for the New England Patriots, the same team that drafted him in 2008 to play linebacker. He played his whole professional career with the team, earning a Super Bowl ring in 2015 and two Pro Bowl selections during this time.
He was also named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, so after he retired from playing in 2016, the Patriots knew he had a lot of experience to draw on.
Donovan McNabb – $40 Million
Donovan McNabb performed fairly well as a quarterback, yet he was unable to win against Tom Brady and the Patriots when he took the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX.
McNabb was selected to the Pro Bowl six times before the Eagles eventually traded him, managing to demand a hefty paycheck evident by his net worth. He played a year each with the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings before returning to Philly nominally to retire as an Eagle.
Dan Marino – $35 Million
Dan Marino might be the greatest quarterback to never have won a Super Bowl, playing all 17 years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. Although some of his records have been broken by other great quarterbacks, some of them on this list, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Even before he retired in 1999, he began dabbling in NASCAR, endorsements of all sorts, and even had cameo movie appearances. Currently, his net worth is valued at $35 million.
Peyton Manning – $200 Million
With one of the longest football careers on record, it’s no wonder Peyton Manning has one of the highest net worths of any NFL player. Manning played in the most consecutive seasons of any player in history, which also included several Super Bowl wins.
He’s the only player to have ever won on two separate teams with two separate coaches, and the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Even so, it’s Manning’s work doing endorsements that have really earned him the big bucks.
John Madden – $200 Million
When you think about John Madden, you probably don’t think about his skill as a player as much as you consider either his mega-popular video game franchise or his skill as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
With a number of Super Bowl wins under his belt, it makes sense that it was Madden’s name that was chosen for an NFL based video game, which first went into production all the way back in 1989.
Aaron Rodgers – $70 Million
When considering the worth of celebrities, it’s easy to forget that the star players of the NFL, both past and present, have some of the highest net worths in the country.
With their health on the line daily, it’s no wonder they earn so much. Rodgers may have had to bide his time before he got a chance to show his talent on the field, but for the past 10 years, his skill has made him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks.
Joe Montana – $80 Million
One of the most legendary quarterbacks to play for the San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana had a streak of success that is still often talked about today.
During his active playing years, he helped his team win a total of four Super Bowl titles over the course of a 16-year career. Montana is the only player in history to have been chosen as the Super Bowl MVP on three separate occasions. These days, Montana owns and operates his own wine label in California.
Roger Staubach – $600 Million
Roger Staubach is the former player with the single most impressive net worth, even years after he retired. Staubach played with the Dallas Cowboys back in the glory days of the late 1960s, during which time he played in four separate Super Bowls.
He put his NFL money to good use after his retirement, becoming a real estate investor, which would eventually morph into an investment management committee called Jones Lang LaSalle, of which he is the executive chairman.