The 15 Richest Players In NFL History

The 15 Richest Players In NFL History

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It's no secret that athletes make a lot money. Increasingly, NFL players are cashing in when they sign their first free agent contract. Based on net worth, here are the 15 richest players in the history of the NFL.

15. Michael Strahan

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15. Michael Strahan

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Net Worth: $ 45 million

Strahan was one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the history of the league. Now he's a television personality and is worth almost $ 50 million.

14. Drew Bledsoe

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14. Drew Bledsoe

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Net Worth: $ 48 million

The former Pro Bowl quarterback, who Tom Brady ended up relieving toward the end of his career, has apparently spent his money wisely. He didn't make as much money as guys do now, but he's still one of the richest players in league history.

13. Antrel Rolle

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13. Antrel Rolle

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Net Worth: $ 48 million

He's not an elite defensive back, but Rolle has made more money than some of the other top cornerbacks in the game. Even though he's played longer than some of the emerging defensive backs, it still shows he has staying power which has made him a very rich man.

12. Jim Brown

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12. Jim Brown

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Net Worth: $ 50 million

It shouldn't come as any surprise that Brown is one of the richest players of all time, except that he played in a different era. Still, he's one of the best players to ever play the game and is very deserving of his current wealth.

11. Carson Palmer

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11. Carson Palmer

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Net Worth: $ 50 million

Palmer shows that to make a ton of money in the league you don't have to ever be elite. However, you do have to be very good for quite some time. He's done that everywhere he's been and the result is an astounding net worth.

10. Vincent Jackson

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10. Vincent Jackson

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Net Worth: $ 50 million

Even though he hasn't been elite over the course of his career, Jackson has been as steady as they come. He's borderline elite and signed a mega deal with the Buccaneers a couple years ago. Now he's reaping the benefits.

9. Jerry Rice

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9. Jerry Rice

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Net Worth: $ 55 million

It makes sense that the best receiver to ever play the game is worth more than $ 50 million. He didn't waste all his money during his playing days, and now he's set for life after putting together a Hall of Fame career.

8. Walter Jones

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8. Walter Jones

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Net Worth: $ 65 million

As one of the best offensive lineman to ever play the game, Walter Jones made his fair share of cash during his playing days. Ever since the emphasis has been put on protecting the quarterback, offensive linemen have started making boatloads of cash.

7. Eli Manning

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7. Eli Manning

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Net Worth: $ 80 million

Combined with his popularity as a Manning, his endorsement deals, his two Super Bowl rings and the fact that he's the quarterback for the New York Giants, Eli is a very rich man. He's featured in several commercials and also makes a pretty penny playing the game that made him famous.

6. Joe Montana

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6. Joe Montana

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Net Worth: $ 80 million

The greatest quarterback to ever play the game made plenty of money during his playing days and has kept the money flowing after retirement. Part of the perk of being a legendary player is that your earning power doesn't greatly diminish when you retire.

5. Brett Favre

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5. Brett Favre

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Net Worth: $ 100 million

Favre had a very long and illustrious career that spanned two generations. With that came more money as his career progressed, and along with an eventual Hall of Fame induction, Favre has a life of luxury to look forward to.

4. Tom Brady

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4. Tom Brady

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Net Worth: $ 120 million

Brady, along with Peyton Manning, is one of the greatest quarterbacks of this era and of all time. With several endorsement deals with top companies and a model wife who makes almost as much as he does, his future after football looks bright.

3. John Elway

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3. John Elway

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Net Worth: $ 145 million

Elway was the greatest quarterback in Broncos history, and now he's the one responsible for landing the second best. He had a long playing career, and as the head of football operations, he will continue to earn a hefty paycheck for quite some time.

2. Peyton Manning

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2. Peyton Manning

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Net Worth: $ 165 million

Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and probably would be considered the best with a few more Super Bowl titles on his resume. His plethora of endorsement deals along with the giant contracts he's signed have made him one of the richest players of all time.

1. Roger Staubach

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1. Roger Staubach

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Net Worth: $ 640 million

Okay, Staubach didn't make all that money during his playing days, but he's been more than successful in real estate. He used the money from his playing days to get into real estate, and after selling his company for retirement, his net worth is well over a half a billion dollars, making him the richest player in NFL history.


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