22 NFL Players With Highest Net Worth
#22 Drew Bledsoe, $48 Million
Quarterback that was once a No. 1 overall pick (1993 NFL Draft), and thanks to a 14-year NFL career which included four trips to Pro Bowl, Bledsoe managed to earn himself a net worth of $48 million.
It’s a surprise, as he’s probably best known as a guy whose injury paved the way for Tom Brady to become reigning figure for the New England Patriots.
#21 Vincent Jackson, $50 Million
At age 33, and entering his 12th season in the league, it wasn’t surprise when, in 2012, the Buccaneers gave Vincent Jackson a five-year deal, worth over $55 million.
He has already put together quite career, which includes nearly 9,000 receiving yards, over 500 receptions, and 57 touchdown catches.
It will be interesting to see how much longer he can keep it up.
#20 Philip Rivers, $50 Million
Rivers is a quarterback playing for the NFL’s Chargers.
Since 2005, he helped the Chargers win four AFC West, and has made a total of 13 fourth quarter comebacks.
In NFL 2012 season, he became seventh fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 25,000 career yards.
He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Tiffany Rivers, and together couple have six children.
#19 Larry Fitzgerald, $50 Million
Best known as Cardinals wide receiver, with nine Pro Bowls and a First Team All-Pro selection under his belt, Fitzgerald has established himself, for his efforts on the field, as one of the top players in the history of the position.
He tied an NFL record for the 2008 NFL season, with three touchdown receptions in a playoff game.
In 2011, Fitzgerald signed an 8-year $120 million contract with the Cardinals.
He has a son with Angela Nazario, former Oakland Raiders cheerleader.
#18 Jim Brown, $50 Million
Retired football player, Brown became a real estate investor, and actor as well.
He made appearance in several films such as “The Dirty Dozen”, “Rio Conchos”, and “Any Given Sunday”.
In his nine-year NFL career, Brown made nine Pro Bowls, was an eight time First-Team All-Pro.
Finally, as being considered to be the greatest running back who ever lived, Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
#17 Gale Sayers, $50 Million
Sayers was a gifted football player, entrepreneur, actor, and screenwriter.
The Chicago Bears drafted him in 1965, he was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Chicago Bears retired his number.
His book “I Am Third” was the inspiration for the film, “Brian’s Song”.
In his career he was a four-time Pro Bowler, and a five-time First-Team All-Pro selection.
#16 Aeneas Williams, $50 Million
Best known for locking down some of the best wide receivers in the game, corner back Williams was a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
In his career, he made eight Pro Bowls, and was three time First-Team All-Pro selections.
After retiring from football, Williams became the founding pastor of Spirit of the Lord Family Church, located in St. Louis, Missouri.
#15 Michael Strahan, $55 Million
Former New York Giants defensive end, Strahan spent 15 years playing for Giants.
Seven time Pro Bowler holds the record for the most sacks in a single season.
Since 2007, he has been appearing on “Fox NFL Sunday”.
He replaced host Regis Philbin, in 2012, while joining Kelly Ripa as co-host of morning show “Live!” with Kelly and Michael.
In 1995, Michael met Muggli, and they married in 1999.
In 2005, she called police claiming he had attacked her, but Strahan countered by filing divorce, claiming he had confronted her after she withdrew $3.5 million from their bank account.
In 2007, a judge awarded Muggli $15 million divorce settlement.
#14 Joe Flacco, $55 Million
Flacco is a Super Bowl winning quarterback, drafted by Baltimore Ravens in 2008.
Since than, he has played consistently well, and became the Super Bowl MVP.
In 2013, Flacco and the Ravens have won the Super Bowl.
On March 2013, Flacco signed a new six-year deal with the Ravens that will pay him $170,000 per in season day.
That’s enough to make Flacco highest paid player in NFL history, with a base salary of roughly $20 million per in year, $120 million over six years.
#13 Jerry Rice, $55 Million
American retired football player, Rice won three Super Ball rings with the 49ers, and was selected to the Pro Ball 13 times.
He started playing football for the school team, because principal made him choose between getting punished and joining the school team.
In 2010, the NFL Network selected him as the greatest player in NFL history in the same year.
Rice holds the all-time NFL records for touchdown receptions, receptions and yards.
#12 Drew Brees, $55 Million
American professional quarterback whose football career began when he was a high school student in Texas.
In 2006, Brees has signed a six-year $60 million contract.
In 2009, among numerous received accolades, Brees got one most valuable of those, being selected as the Super Bowl MVP.
In 2010, he was named the 2010 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
#11 Carson Palmer, $60 Million
American football player, born in Fresno, California, he is quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
His professional career started when he was drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 NFL Draft.
In 2005, Palmer signed a six-year contract extension worth over $118 million with the Bengals.
Before being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, in April of 2013, he went on to play two seasons for the Oakland Raiders.
For his performance, during his career, he managed to become one of the highest paid NFL players of all time.
#10 Ben Roethlisberger, $70 Million
American professional quarterback, born in Lima, Ohio, Ben became very active in sports at a young age.
He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history in Super Bowl XL, February 5 2006, at age of 23.
Ben has often been compared to his idol John Elway, in fact, wears number 7 in Elway’s honor.
Off the field, he suffered a serious motorcycle accident, in 2006, and furthermore he was accused of sexual assault in 2008 and again in 2010.
Those accusations resulted in Ben’s suspension from play under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
#9 Roger Goodell, $75 Million
Goodell is the Commissioner of the Football League, and he has been the commissioner of the NFL since 2006.
He is also the President of the NFL Charities.
Due to his responsibilities with the NFL, Goodell has often been described as “the most powerful man in sports”.
He was young three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball.
However, Goodell was unable to play professional football due to previous injuries.
Goodell is married to Jane Skinner a former Fox News Channel anchor, and couple have twin daughters.
#8 Joe Montana, $80 Million
Retired professional American football player best known for being the longtime quarterback for the 49ers.
He was an eight time Pro-Bowl selection, and led San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl wins.
In 2000, he was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Member of the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team, Montana is the only player to have been named Super Bowl MVP three times.
Mostly noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana has been elected to eight Pro Bowls in total.
#7 Eli Manning, $100 Million
Manning is an American professional football quarterback, two time Super Bowl champion, three time Pro-Bowl selection, and two time Super Bowl MVP.
He is currently playing for the New York Giants.
Eli’s father Archie was also a professional football player, as well as his older brother, fellow all-star quarterback Peyton Manning.
Their oldest brother Cooper Manning suffered a rare spinal condition, and his career was cut short.
Due to his performance, Eli became one of the highest paid celebrity endorsers on the world, promoting companies like Kraft, Toyota, Samsung and Reebok.
#6 Brett Favre, $100 Million
Favre is American professional football quarterback, best known for turning the struggling franchise the Green Bay Packers into a perennial winner.
Over the course of 16 seasons with the franchise, Favre managed to led the team to a pair Super Bowls, and winning one as well.
He became the first NFL player to win three straight MVP awards, and therefore established himself as one of the best quarterbacks.
In 2009, Favre was named to his 11th Pro Bowl.
At the end of 2011, he retired for good, and finished with NFL records in passing (71,838) and touchdowns (508).
#5 John Elway, $145 Million
Elway is retired professional quarterback, co-owner of the Arena Football team the Colorado Crush, and the chairman of the AFL executive committee.
His father was a college football coach.
He entered the 1983 NFL draft, refused to play for the Colts, and after being traded to the Denver Broncos remained for his entire 16 year NFL career in the same team.
As a quarterback of the Broncos, he won two Super Bowls.
Currently, Elway is also the Executive VP of the Denver Broncos, and a spokesman for OpenSports.com where he writes an weekly NFL blog post.
#4 Tom Brady, $180 Million
The four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New England Patriots.
Though he was chosen in the six round of the 2000 draft, the 199 pick, next season he became the starting quarterback, and he also became the youngest quarterback at the time to win the Super Bowl.
At the age of 24 Brady was named Super Bowl MVP.
Brady is married to top model Gisele Bundchen, and he also has a child with actress Bridget Moynahan.
#3 Peyton Manning, $200 Million
American NFL quarterback, older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Peyton began his professional career when he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 NFL draft.
Over his career, he has been a 13 time Pro-Bowl selection and four-time AP NFL MVP.
To date, Payton is the NFL record holder for most total seasons with 4,000 or more yards passing, and most consecutive seasons with over 4,000 yards passing in a career.
He is one of the highest paid athletes, and endorses many major brands or companies like Master Card, Sony, ESPN, Reebok, Buick, and Papa Johns.
With a great consideration for the problems of disadvantaged kids, he founded his charity the Payback Foundation.
#2 John Madden, $200 Million
He is a legendary NFL player, sportscaster and entrepreneur, who is so rich because of a video game franchise, put out by EA Sports, called “Madden NFL”.
To date, over 43 million copies of the game were sold.
In 2005, EA Sports signed a $300 million deal to become the exclusive game for the NFL, and it was revealed that Madden himself had signed a $150 million deal that would allow his name to be used in the games in perpetuity.
Furthermore his deal with for athletes foot company “Tough Actin” Tenactin is probably worth $2 million per year.
#1 Roger Staubach, $600 Million
Staubach is an retired American professional football quarterback.
He attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he won a Heisman Trophy.
After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.
He won Super Bowl two times, and was named MVP of Super Bowl VI, becoming the first of four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl.
He retired in 1980 as the second-highest-rated passer of all time.
In 1985, he was voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Staubach was named the No. 1 Dallas Cowboy of all-time by the Dallas Morning News.
He is now executive chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle, investment management company.