In North America, Gridiron, or American football as it is most often called, is one of the most popular sports with a fan base of diverse audience cutting across various age groups and gender. So often, the National Football League (NFL), which is the top-flight professional American football league, is widely followed across social media platforms. The annual Championship Game of the NFL known as the Super Bowl, which attracts about 70,000 spectators, gives insight to the fortune the much-followed league generates. In our compilation of the richest NFL players, we consider the net worths of the highest-paid stars to deliver our latest piece on the top-20 richest NFL players of all-time, updated in 2020.
Aside revenues generated from advertising which runs as low as $5 million, the cheapest 2020 Super Bowl LIV ticket runs as cheap as $5,727 and as expensive as $70,153.6, as listed on SeatGeek. The action figures on the pitch who delight fans with their wonderful antics, the NFL players often get rewarded with huge financial packages which are largely influenced by their performances on the pitch. In this article, we search through history, to present to you, some of the best players in the game, who have made a name for themselves and amassed the highest financial packages.
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20. Alex Smith: Net Worth – $55 Million
In 2017, Alex Smith, who was then playing for the Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL in passer rating. Currently playing for the Washington Redskins, Smith who started out in the NFL in the 2002 season has gone on to appear in three Pro Bowls. The eccentric quarterback is worth $55 million.
19. Matthew Stafford: Net Worth – $60 Million
Matthew Stafford is a top quarterback who plays for the Detroit Lions and one of the fast-rising stars in the NFL. The 31 years old quarterback has played in the Pro Bowl once and was crowned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2011. Matthew Stafford is worth $60 million.
18. Julius Peppers: Net Worth – $60 Million
When he debuted in the NFL in 2002, Julius Peppers was highly expected to be one of the players who will introduce a new style of play and action to the game, and he surely did. Peppers who played for 16 seasons in the NFL, played for three NFL teams and received Pro Bowl honours on nine occasions. Julius Peppers is worth $60 million.
17. Fran Tarkenton: Net Worth – $60 Million
From 1961 to 1978, Fran Tarkenton ruled the NFL. Throughout his 17 years of active play in the NFL, the quarterback played for just two teams and received the honour of playing in the Pro Bowl on 9 occasions. Tarkenton also received the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1975. The 1978 NFL passing yard leader is currently worth $60 million.
16. Carson Palmer: Net Worth – $60 Million
Until he retired in 2017, Carson Palmer was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In his 14 years NFL career, Palmer received the Pro Bowl honour on three occasions. In 2005, Palmer led the NFL in passing touchdowns. The quarterback who played for three NFL teams throughout his 14 years career has a net worth of $60 million.
15. Michael Strahan: Net Worth – $65 Million
Michael Strahan had a glamorous career that lasted for 14 years and rose to become one of the topmost defensive ends in the NFL. Strahan who played for the New York Giants throughout his career won the Super Bowl XLII and was named to the Pro Bowl 7 times. The Pro Football Hall of Famer, who was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team currently works as a football analyst and is worth $65 million.
14. Tony Romo: Net Worth – $70 Million
Retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, had an impressive NFL career which lasted just 13 years. During those years, Romo made it to the Pro Bowl four times and was included to the NFL Top 100 players of the year on four different occasions. Tony Romo who played for the Dallas Cowboys throughout his 13 years career is currently a color analyst for CBS sport and with a net worth of $70 million.
13. Sam Bradford: Net Worth – $70 Million
Sam Bradford who got into the NFL in 2010 is currently a free agent. He has played for four different teams in his close to 10 years stint in the NFL. In his rookie season in the NFL, Sam Bradford received the Offensive Rookie Player of the Year award. Bradford who has been a free agent since 2018 is worth $70 million.
12. Matt Ryan: Net Worth – $70 Million
Currently playing for the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In his career in the NFL which has lasted close to 12 years, Ryan has received 4 Pro Bowl honours. In 2016, Matt had one of his best years in the NFL, leading the NFL in passer rating, as well as receiving Offensive Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards. Matt Ryan’s fortune is currently worth $70 million.
11. Joe Montana: Net Worth – $80 Million
In his 15 years of amazing and exceptional gameplay, Joe Montana had one of the most successful careers in the NFL. The man nicknamed “The Comeback Kid” and “Joe Cool” has won the Super Bowl on four different occasions and has received Pro Bowl honours 8 times. The 3 times Super Bowl MVP has received the NFL MVP award twice. He also has won the Offensive Player of the Year award. Joe Montana currently is worth $80 million.
10. Ben Roethlisberger: Net Worth – $100 Million
Big Ben as Ben Roethlisberger is often called, is one of the most popular players in the NFL. Since he debuted for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 season, Ben has gone on to claim the Super Bowl twice and earned a place in the Pro Bowl, six times. The two-time passing yard NFL leader is currently worth $100 million.
9. Eli Manning: Net Worth – $100 Million
Recently retired, Eli Manning who debuted in the NFL in 2004 was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Throughout his 15 years stint in the NFL, Manning played for the New York Giants and claimed the Super Bowl twice. On those two occasions, Manning received the Super Bowl MVP. He also was named to the Pro Bowl four times. Manning whose no. 10 jersey was retired by the Giants in honour of his 15 years of active service for the franchise is worth $100 million.
8. Drew Brees: Net Worth – $100 Million
Since 2006, Drew Brees has been entertaining NFL fans with his exceptional skills. The 41 years old quarterback who plays for the New Orleans Saints, is a 13 times Pro Bowl honoree. He also has won the Super Bowl once and was named the Super Bowl MVP on that occasion. Drew Brees who has also received the Offensive Player of the Year honour on two occasions currently has a net worth valued at $100 million.
7. Brett Favre: Net Worth – $100 Million
A veteran of the NFL, Brett Favre spent almost two decades playing one of America’s most loved sports. In his career in the NFL which spanned almost 20 years, Favre won the Super Bowl XXXI. He also was named the NFL MVP award on three different occasions and was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times. Brett Favre has an estimated fortune worth $100 million.
6. John Elway: Net Worth – $145 Million
Once a force to reckon with on the pitch, John Elway who is currently involved in the administrative affairs of the NFL franchise, the Denver Broncos, as President, played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos for 15 years. During those years, John Elway won the Super Bowl twice and emerged MVP of the Super Bowl once. He also was named to the Pro Bowl 9 times. Elway’s top performance also earned him the MVP award and the Man of the Year award, now known as the Walter Payton award. Elway is worth $145 million.
5. Tom Brady: Net Worth – $180 Million
No doubt, Tom Brady is currently one of the best players in the NFL. The 42 years old star has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Tom Brady has won a record 6 Super Bowls and on four of those six occasions, he has been crowned the Super Bowl MVP. Brady has also been named to the Pro Bowl 14 times and has received the NFL MVP award three times. The two-time Offensive Player of the Year is worth about $180 million.
4. Steve Young: Net Worth – $200 Million
Another top NFL veteran who reigned in the NFL for 15 years is Steve Young who played for three teams in his 15 years career in the NFL. Young who played between 1984 to 1999, won the Super Bowl three times and was named to the Pro Bowl 7 times. Young has a total fortune valued at $200 million.
3. Peyton Manning: Net Worth – $200 Million
Peyton Manning, now retired, is a top quarterback who had an incredible career in the NFL for 17 amazing years. The two time Super Bowl Champion has been named to the Pro Bowl 14 times and has received the NFL MVP award on five occasions. Manning’s net worth is currently valued at $200 million.
2. John Madden: Net Worth – $200 Million
John Madden’s professional career in the NFL ended as soon as it began. In his first training camp, the renowned sportscaster suffered a knee injury which ended his career. He then went on to become a coach and led the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl title. The Pro Football Hall of Famer has several lucrative financial deals such as the Madden NFL video game series which has been a huge financial success since its release. John Madden is worth $200 million.
1. Roger Staubach: Net Worth – $600 Million
Several People know Roger Staubach as Captain America, Captain Comeback and Rodger the Dodger. The Pro Football Hall of Famer who was inducted as far back as 1985 earned his nicknames as a result of his incredible and exceptional football skills on the pitch. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who played for 15 years, won the Super Bowl twice and was named the Super Bowl MVP on one of such occasions. The 6 time Pro Bowl honoree is the richest NFL player of All-time with about $600 million in net worth.
There you have it—our top-20 curated list of the richest NFL players of all-time. Which American footballer did you expect to see on this list? please share with us in the comments section below.