Top 30 Richest NFL Players
It’s no surprise that some of the most famous and the most successful NFL players are also some of the richest, but do you know precisely how much these guys earn? If you want to find out, you only need to have a look at our top 30 of the richest NFL players. Even though most of these guys are still spotted on the field on a regular basis, some of them were actually very successful NFL stars that ended up managing teams. Being a very good football player is a perfect way to get rich, no doubt about it.
30. Mark Gastineau ($35 million)
Mark Gastineau is a former American football player that has a net worth of $35 million. He was born in 1956 in Ardmore, Oklahoma and became well known as a leading defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. He eventually became one of the most outstanding pass rushers of his generation, and he is currently ranked as the 8th greatest pass rusher in NFL history.
29. Kerry Collins ($39.5 million)
Kerry Collins started off on the road to success since high school, following up by playing for Penn State during the 90s. Before joining up with the New York Giants, he played for the New Orleans Saints in 1998. However, he had to take part in an addiction treatment program because of his alcohol issues, but afterwards he did lead the Giants to the Super Bowl XXXV even though they eventually lost. He got out of his contract with the Giants in 2004/2005 after setting the NFL record for single-season fumbles. His next collaborations involved the Oakland raiders as well as the Tennessee Titans. Kerry Collins has a current net worth of $39.5 million.
28. Steve Young ($40 million)
Former NFL American Football quarterback Steve Young boasts a net worth of no less than $40 million. He enjoyed a successful 15-year long career with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Express. His days of glory were during 1992 and 1994 when he was deemed the Most Valuable Player of the NFL. His extraordinary 96.8% passing rate allowed him to rank third in NFL history, and he was also the first left-handed quarterback to become MVP of the NFL.
27. Larry Fitzgerald ($40 million)
Larry Fitzgerald became famous and earned his net worth of $40 million as a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He is currently ranked fourth in receiving yards per game for a career in the NFL, but he also boasts several other awards such as the Chic Harley Award by the Touchdown Club of Columbus as well as the Walter Camp Award for best player of the year in the NCAA. He also became the MVP at the 2009 Pro Bowl. On August 21, 2011, he signed a very generous $120 million 8-year contract with the Cardinals that propelled him to the 5th spot as the highest paid player in the NFL.
26. Deion Sanders ($40 million)
Also known as “Neon Deion” or “Prime Time”, Deion Sanders is a former NFL cornerback and Major League Baseball outfielder who enjoys a net worth of $40 million. Deion Sanders is famous for earning his fortunes by playing for numerous teams including the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. Highly versatile, Deion Sanders played numerous positions such as kick returner, punt returner, wide receiver and cornerback. His baseball career involved him playing for the Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees. A born entertainer, Deion Sanders also released his own rap album called “Prime Time” and he even made several appearances in movies and TV shows.
25. Fran Tarkenton ($40 million)
Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1940, Fran Tarkenton is a former football player that flaunts a current net worth of $40 million. Apart from playing football, Fran was also the host of the “That’s Incredible” TV show, and he also founded the GoSmallBiz.com website as well as the Tarkenton Software company. He played football with the Minnesota Vikings and with the New York Giants, and he was quite good at it too.
24. Julius Peppers ($40 million)
Julius Peppers is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears team of the NFL. During his time at the University of North Carolina, he played college football and was known as an “All-American”. His currently enjoys a worth of $40 million, while his current contract could allow him to increase that worth to $90 million.
23. Mike Ditka ($44 million)
With a net worth of $44 million, Mike Ditka is not doing bad at all. He is a former American football player, coach and TV commentator who built his fortunes while coaching the Chicago Bears for 11 years and the New Orleans Saints for just 3 years. Michael Keller Ditka is the only man in modern NFL history to win a championship with the same team as both a player and a head coach. He participated in both of the last 2 Chicago Bears championships, as a player in 1963 and as a head coach in 1985. He was born on October 18, 1939 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
22. Orlando Pace ($45 million)
Orlando Pace has a net worth of $45 million, which he earned while serving as an offensive tackle in the NFL for 13 seasons. Orlando was recognized twice as an All-American while he was playing college football for the Ohio State University between 1993 and 1996. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 1997 and played professionally for the team for 12 years. During his career, Orlando Pace started 154 consecutive games, and he earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams during the Super Bwosl XXXIV.
21. Ray Lewis ($45 million)
Ray Lewis was born on May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida, and he is a retired American football linebacker who enjoyed a long lasting career of 17 years with the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. He was drafted by the Ravens in 1996 and played the same middle linebacker position his entire career, which is why he is widely considered the best ever to play that particular position. His net worth is no less than $45 million.
20. John Elway ($45 million)
John Elway is a retired American football player who enjoys a net worth of $45 million, money that he earned while he was a quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. After he retired from football, he opened 2 restaurants that were fittingly named “Elways”, but he also owned 5 car dealerships in the past.
19. Roger Goodell ($45 million)
Roger Goodell is currently the Commissioner of the National Football League, since he replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006. He flaunts a net worth of $45 million, which is not surprising since he earned $29.49 million in salary and bonuses between 2012 and 2013. Roger Goodel was born on February 19, 1959 in Jamestown, New York, and he was quite popular in high school because of his extraordinary athletic capabilities, which allowed him to become the captain of the Bronxville High School basketball, baseball and football teams in his senior year. Unfortunately, when he attended college in Washington, Pennsylvania, he couldn’t practice football because of several injuries received in high school. He eventually graduated with a degree in economics before he started working for the NFL as an administrative intern in New York under Pete Rozelle.
18. Tony Romo ($45 million)
Tony Romo was born on April 21, 1980 and he is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys team of the NFL. Before replacing Drew Bledsoe as the Cowboys’ quarterback in 2006, Tony Romo played college football for the Eastner Illinois University and he led the Panthers football team to an Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2001. His current net worth is $45 million.
17. Albert Haynesworth ($45 million)
Albert Haynesworth also has a net worth of $45 million. He earned his money through a long-lasting career of nearly 10 years, during which he played for 4 different NFL teams. He started playing football “casually” at the University of Tennessee, but his professional career started when he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2002. He eventually became “the most dominant defensive tackle in the league” during his 7 seasons spent with the Titans. In 2009 however, he signed a seven-year contract with the Washington Redskins that would guarantee him $100 million, but he ended up spending only 2 seasons with the team.
16. Drew Bledsoe ($48 million)
Drew Bledsoe was a quarterback for the New England Patriots for 8 years, while his overall career with the NFL involved 14 seasons. As with many famous football stars, Drew played college football at the Washington State University, and he was drafted to the NFL in 1993. From 1993 until 2001, he played as the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, but he joined with the Buffalo Bills in 2002. In 2005, he signed a $23 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys but was released after a questionable performance in 2006. Drew Bledsoe officially retired from the NFL in 2007 and was named the 30th greatest quarterback in modern NFL. Bledsoe flaunts a net worth of $48 million.
15. Antrel Rolle ($48 million)
Antrel Rolle was born in Homestead, Florida in 1982 and played college football at the University of Miami, where he was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2005 but was forced to stay on the sidelines for most of the season because of a torn cartilage. He eventually underwent surgery and returned in 2007, when he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the week for his extraordinary performance during the Cardinals’ match with the Bengals. He remained with the team until 2010 when he was released due to financial reasons, but he managed to sign a massive $37 million contract for 5 years with the New York Giants on the next day. Antrel Rolle became one of the best-paid safeties in the NFL, and he is now worth $48 million.
14. Jim Brown ($50 million)
Jim Brown started his football career while he was in college at Syracuse University, but he was also quite good at other sports such as basketball, lacrosse and track. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1956 as a first round draft pick, and he eventually became one of the most extraordinary “running backs” in NFL history. He earned his $50 million fortune through his impressive NFL career but also through various film and TV appearances. Sporting News named Jim Brown “the greatest professional football player of all time”.
13. Carson Palmer ($50 million)
Carson Palmer is an American football quarterback for the NFL Arizona Cardinals who boasts a net worth of $50 million. Since he had an impressive physique for a seventh grader, Carson’s father decided to enroll him in private classes in Orange County, and so he ended up being taught by none other than Bon Johnson himself. He immediately made a name for himself in his junior year at high school, when he received multiple offers from Notre Dame, Miami and Colorado. During his time at the University of Southern California, he won the Heisman Trophy of 2002, which allowed him to pursue a professional career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. He ended up signing a 6-year contract with the Bengals in 2005, which would ensure him $118.75 million. He also played with the Oakland Raiders before ending up with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Carson Palmer enjoys a net worth of $50 million.
12. Vincent Jackson ($50 million)
Vincent Jackson was very good at basketball and football but he was also a brilliant student. He decided to turn down an offer to study at Columbia in order to be able to attend the University of Northern Colorado, where he would receive a football and basketball scholarship. A born athlete, Vincent Jackson set multiple records during his time at the University, which eventually led him to be drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2005. Injuries followed as well as impressive performances, but in 2012 he managed to sign a 5-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vincent is now worth $50 million.
11. Jerry Rice ($55 million)
Boasting a net worth of $55 million, Jerry Rice is a retired wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. Born in Starksville, Mississippi, Jerry Rice played a total of 20 seasons in the National Football League and is widely looked upon as the greatest wide receiver in NFL history. He also played for teams such as Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.
10. Eli Manning ($60 million)
Eli Manning was born on January 3, 1981 and ended up becoming one of the greatest NFL players of all time. He is currently an American football quarterback for the New York Giants, but he previously played college football at the University of Mississippi. He was drafted as the first overall pick in 2004 by the San Diego Chargers but was traded quickly to the New York Giants. He signed a $45 million contract with the Giants in 2004, while 2009 brought him a 6-year contract worth $97.5 million with the same team. He is now worth $60 million.
9. Andre Johnson ($63 million)
Andre Johnson boasts a net worth of no less than $63 million. He was born in 1981 in Miami, Florida and started playing football at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2003 and remained at the team ever since. He became the second all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game right after Calvin Johnson. Apart from his incredible athletic performance, Andre Johnson is also known for his humanitarian endeavors, since he founded the Andre Johnson Foundation for children and teens that are being raised by a single parent.
8. Walter Jones ($65 million)
Walter Jones was born in 1974 in Aliceville, Alabama, and he is currently worth $65 million. In 1997, Walter decided to abandon his final year of college in order to enter the NFL Draft, which proved to be a true career-making decision since he was actually selected by the Seattle Seahawks. He remained with the team his entire career from 1997 to 2009, and he became a seven-time All-Pro selection and an NFL 2000s All-Decade Team honoree. Throughout his career, Jones gave up just 23 quarterback sacks and was penalized just 9 times for holding, which is how he became one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history.
7. Joe Montana ($80 million)
Joe Montana was born in 1956 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania and is a hall of fame quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at Notre Dame and started his NFL career in 1979 with the San Francisco 49ers. He was elected to 8 Pro Bowls and became the only player to have been named Super Bowl MVP 3 times. He was also included into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, so it comes as no surprise that he is worth no less than $80 million.
6. Brett Favre ($100 million)
With a net worth of $100 million, Brett Favre is doing quite well for himself, but he didn’t make all that money just by being an NFL quarterback. In fact, Brett started his career in 1991 when he was picked by the Atlanta Falcons, but he eventually enjoyed a very long and fruitful career that would allow him to become something of a superstar. He used his fame to cash in on endorsements for Sears and Wrangler Jeans. He also played for the Green Bay Packers between 1992 and 2007 as well as for the New York Jets in 2008 and the Minnesota Vikings between 2009 and 2010. Favre is known as the only quarterback in NFL to throw for over 70,000 yards, but he also flaunts over 500 touchdowns, over 300 interceptions, over 10,000 pass attempts and over 6,000 completions. That’s quite an impressive resume.
5. Tom Brady ($120 million)
Tom Brady was born in 1977 in San Mateo, California, and he started playing football in high school. He became All State during his senior year and continued to practice the sport during college at the University of Michigan. He was not an early draft pick in 2000 since he was the 199th pick by the New England patriots. Still, he became famous in 2001 when he led his team to victory against the St. Louis Rams. He was Super Bowl MVP when he was only 24 years old, and he now flaunts a net worth of $120 million.
4. Peyton Manning ($145 million)
Peyton Manning played college football at the University of Tennessee, which enabled him to become noticed by the Colts in 1998. He is the NFL record holder for consecutive seasons with over 4,000 years passing and most seasons with 4,000 or more yards passing in a career. He was named the No.1 player in the NFL by Sporting News in 2009, but before that, he led the Colts to victory during the 2006 Super Bowl against the Chicago Bears.
Peyton Manning enjoys a salary of $30 million per year, while his overall worth is $145 million.
3. John Madden ($200 million)
John Madden was born in 1936 in Austin, Minnesota and he is a former American football player in the NFL as well as a former Super Bowl-winning head coach for the Oakland Raiders. He was honored with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 for his exceptional coaching career. However, his massive $200 million worth is partially owed to the Electronic Arts game franchise called Madden NFL, which was launched in 1989. The game became highly popular year after year and so in 2005 EA Sports signed a $300 million deal in order to become the exclusive producer of NFL games. Following this deal, Madden signed his own $150 million agreement that allowed EA to make use of his name for the next decade.
2. Al Davis ($500 million)
As the main owner of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis boasts a net worth of $500 million. Al Davis earned his vast fortune through a very successful career as a football coach administrator for numerous teams, but he was also an AFL commissioner and a head coach for the Oakland Raiders before becoming the team’s owner. He was born in 1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts and died in 2011 at his home in Oakland.
1. Roger Staubach ($600 million)
And the absolute richest NFL player on our list is Roger Staubach, who flaunts a worth of $600 million. Roger was born in 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio and eventually became a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, but his massive worth was also earned through his personal real estate company called The Staubach Company. As far as his NFL career is concerned, Roger was a big star during the 1970s when he led his team to victory during the Super Bowl VI and at the Super Bowl XII. He became the first of four players to win the Heisman Trophy as well as the Super Bowl MVP. His career in the NFL lasted for 11 years.