The 30 Richest NFL Players in the World

The NFL players are some of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Moreover, they earn a huge sum of money through contracts as well as brand endorsements.

The National Football League (NFL) came into existence about a hundred years ago.

Yes, you read it right! The league was established in 1920, and since then, it has provided the world with many great players.

With time, the value & popularity of the NFL has only increased, which in turn, has increased the value of the players.

If you are wondering, what is your favorite player’s net worth? And whether or not they make it to the richest NFL players list, the answer is right below.

The 30 Richest NFL Players in the World

30. Julio Jones

Coming at the 30th place on our list of the richest NFL players is Julio Jones.

Julio is an American football wide receiver with a net worth of around $50 million, making him one of the richest NFL players.

His NFL journey began in 2011 when the Atlanta Falcons drafted him. Further, Jones switched to the Tennessee Titans in 2021.

In September 2015, the wide receiver was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Moreover, he was a first-team All-Pro selectee in 2015 and 2016. Besides, Julio has been invited to seven Pro Bowls.

29. Ndamukong Suh

American football defensive end Ndamukong Suh enjoys a net worth of $50 million.

He has been drafted by four different teams over the course of his NFL career.

For instance, Suh was initially drafted by the Detroit Lions from 2010 to 2014.

The defensive end currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 2011, Suh was named in the All-Pro Team. And he also earned several titles, such as  Sporting News Rookie of the Year, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, etc.

Moreover, Ndamukong was named NFC’s Pro-Bowl Alternate at the end of the 2011.

28. Jalen Ramsey

Next up, we have Jalen Ramsey, who plays as a cornerback.

The net worth of this American football player is approximately $50 million, making him one of the richest NFL players.

Jalen played his college football at Florida State and won the BCS national championship in 2013.

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Los Angeles Rams’ Jalen Ramsey before a match

Further, the player signed a four-year deal for $23.35 million with $22.9 million guaranteed and a signing bonus worth $15.18 million in 2016.

Moreover, Ramsey is currently drafted by the Los Angeles Rams as he signed a five-year contract worth $105 million with them in September 2020.

In fact, Jalen is the highest-paid defensive back in the NFL history.

27. Aeneas Williams

Aeneas Williams is a retired American professional footballer born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January 1968.

Williams has garnered a total net worth of $50 million, making him one of the richest NFL players.

He had a 13 years long career (1991-2004), in which he played for two teams- Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1991-2000) and St. Louis Rams(2001-2004).

Further, the player was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and was a four-time First-team All-Pro & a one-time Second-team All-Pro.

Moreover, Williams received the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award in 1999.

Also, he is a part of the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor.

In 2014, Aeneas was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

26. Jerry Rice

Moving on with our list, we have Jerry Rice next!

Jerry is an American retired professional football player who has an estimated net worth of $50 million.

Rice began his career as a college player for Mississippi Valley State and was later drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1985.

Further, he has many record-setting career accomplishments.

For instance, Jerry has scored more points than any other non-kicker in the NFL history, with a total of 1,256.

Moreover, the player has also won the Super Bowl three times with the San Francisco 49ers.

In the September of 2005, Jerry announced his retirement, marking the end of his 20 years long career.

In 2010, the retired player was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

25. Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a quarterback who made his professional debut as an NFL player in 2005.

His net worth is around $55 million, making him one of the richest NFL players.

Further, he earned $41 million from salary and various endorsements between the June 2017 and June 2018.

Besides, his current salary is calculated to be approximately $14 million.

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NFL quarterback Alex Smith on the field

The player was born on May 7, 1984, in Seattle, Washington, and was raised in LaMesa, California.

The quarterback tied the knot with former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Elizabeth Barry in 2009.

Alex Smith and Elizabeth are blessed with two sons and a daughter.

24. Arian Foster

Former American football running back Arian Foster enjoys a net worth of $60 million.

Arian commenced his professional career in 2009.

Moreover, he was drafted by the Houston Texans and continued to play with them up until 2015.

Foster switched to the Miami Dolphins for his final year in NFL.

In 2016, the player announced his retirement and thereafter found his passion for singing.

Currently, Arian is a musical artist who goes by the name Bobby Feeno.

Besides, he released his debut rap album Flamingo & Koval on 26th April of 2018.

In addition to being a singer, Arian has tried his luck in acting as well.

23. Fran Tarkenton

Former American football quarterback Fran Tarkenton is the next on this list.

He had an 18 seasons long NFL career, which enabled him to garner a net worth of $60 million.

In 1961, he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, which marked the beginning of his professional career.

Further, his awards include NFL Most Valuable Player (1975), NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1975), Bert Bell Award (1975), etc.

The footballer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Similarly, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

22. Michael Strahan

Securing the 22nd position on the richest NFL players list, we have Michael Strahan, a former football player with a net worth of $65 million.

He holds the record for the most sacks in a single season. Also, he has won NFC Champion two times.

Moreover, Michael is a seven-time Pro-Bowl selected and a member of the Super Bowl-winning 2007 Giants.

Also, he is in the New York Giants Ring of Honor.

Strahan retired from the NFL in 2007. And in 2014, Michael was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement, the player appears as a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and co-hosts ABC’s Good Morning America.

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21. Tony Romo

Tony Romo is a retired American footballer who is prominently known for being the former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

In fact, he played with the Dallas Cowboys for the entirety of his professional career (2003-2016).

His net worth is around $70 million, making him one of the richest NFL players.

Romo’s records are most passing touchdowns, most passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, etc.

Following his retirement in 2017, the quarterback was hired as an NFL analyst for CBS.

20. Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford is next on our list of richest NFL players who have amassed a net worth of $70 million.

He is a former American football quarterback born on 8th November 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Sam played in the NFL for nine seasons for four different teams.

Those include St. Louis Rams (2010-2014), Philadelphia Eagles (2015), Minnesota Vikings (2016-2017), and Arizona Cardinals (2018).

Over the course of his career, the player played a total of 83 games.

19. Matt Ryan

Matty Ice, aka Matt Ryan, is an American quarterback whose net worth is around $70 million.

In 2008, the quarterback was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.

In the same year, he was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan ready for a match

Also, he was a Pro-Bowl selectee of 2010.

His other achievements include most regular-season wins by a quarterback, most consecutive NFL games with at least 200 passing yards, etc.

Moreover, Matt became the first NFL player to earn $30 million as a salary in 2018.

18. Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins is an American quarterback who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings.

He enjoys a total net worth of $70 million.

Cousins was born on 19th August 1988 in Holland, Michigan, and played as a quarterback at Holland Christian High School.

The player was initially drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2012.

Further, Kirk earned over $60 million between June 2019 and June 2020.

He signed a two-year $66 million contract extension in March 2020 with a $30 million signing bonus.

This ultimately made him one of the highest-paid NFL players in the world.

17. Cam Newton

At number seventeen on the list of richest NFL players, we have the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

The net worth of this Atlanta-born American quarterback is estimated to be $75 million.

Initially debuting at NFL with the Carolina Panthers in 2011, Cam signed with the New England Patriots in July 2020.

He holds several records, including most combined touchdowns for a rookie in NFL history, the first rookie to pass for at least 4,000 yards, etc.

Likewise, his award achievements include the Best NFL Player ESPY Award (2016), NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2015), Bert Bell Award (2015), and many more.

16. Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco enjoys a net worth of $75 million. He currently plays as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The player has an estimated annual salary of $20 million.

He began his NFL journey with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and continued to play with them for 10 years.

In 2019, he switched to the Denver Broncos. And eventually ended up with the New York Jets in 2020.

Joe was a Super Bowl champion (XLVII) and also Super Bowl MVP (XLVII).

Besides, the quarterback has endorsed various brands such as Reebok, Nike, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, etc.

15. Philip Rivers

Former American football player Philip Rivers has an estimated net worth of $80 million.

His seventeen seasons long career ended in 2021 when he announced his retirement on the 20th of January.

He was drafted by the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers from 2004 to 2019.

For his final year of gameplay, Rivers played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2020.

Further, his notable records include NFL record for consecutive completions, Touchdowns between a single quarterback and tight end, etc.

In 2009, Philip Rivers received the Pro Football Focus Most Valuable Player Award.

14. Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer takes the fourteenth spot on the richest NFL players list.

Thanks to his 15 years long career, Carson has amassed a whopping net worth of $90 million.

In 2005, he signed a 6-year contract extension worth $118.75 million with the Cincinnati Bengals.

And in 2015, the former player was earning an estimated sum of $29 million per year.

Moreover, Palmer earned around $174 million in contract money during his 15-year NFL career.

13. Joe Montana

Nicknamed as “Joe Cool” or “The Comeback Kid,” Joe Montana is a retired professional American footballer with a net worth of $100 million.

Joe spent most of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1992.

In 1993, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and played with them for two seasons.

Montana announced his retirement from the NFL in 1995 in front of a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.

Further, he was an 8-time Pro Bowl selectee who led the San Francisco 49ers to 4 Super Bowl wins.

In 2000, the retired quarterback was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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12. Brett Favre

Moving forward, Brett Favre is next on the line, with a net worth of $100 million.

He is a retired American quarterback who was born on 10th October 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Brett debuted in 1991 with the Atlanta Falcons and continued to switch teams during his twenty years of gameplay in the NFL.

However, he played for the Green Bay Packers for the longest time.

Favre earned $7-9 million per year at the peak of his career, which sometimes amounted to an annual total income of $15-18 million.

Also, he used to endorse multiple brands like Nike, Wrangler Jeans, MasterCard, Prilosec, and Foot Locker.

Moreover, he has been a spokesperson for many companies, including Snapper, Remington, Sears, Sensodyne, and Hyundai.

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is an American professional quarterback who has been playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2004.

He enjoys a total net worth of $100 million.

Ben is nicknamed “Big Ben” and is known for his extremely efficient passing.

Further, he earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004.

In 2007, the quarterback played in his first Pro Bowl.

10. Aaron Rodgers

American professional football player Aaron Rodgers has an estimated net worth of $120 million.

He began his NFL journey with the Green Bay Packers in 2005.

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a match

Rodgers holds many records, including the most consecutive games without throwing multiple interceptions (41 games in a row).

And holding the lowest regular-season interception percentage for current quarterbacks.

Moreover, he is also only one of seven quarterbacks to pass for over 1,000 yards in a single postseason.

Besides, Aaron is one of five quarterbacks in the NFL to have a passer rating of at least 110 through multiple seasons of play.

9. Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is a quarterback who commenced his professional career in 2012.

He has been playing for the Seattle Seahawks since the beginning of his NFL gameplay.

Russell has garnered an incredible net worth of $135 million.

Further, his base NFL salary is around $35 million, making him the highest-paid quarterback.

In 2014, the player received the PFWA Good Guy Award. And in 2020, he was named Walter Payton Man Of The Year.

8. John Elway

Former football quarterback John Elway has a staggering net worth of $145 million.

The football currently serves as the general manager and president of football operations for the Denver Broncos.

In 2000, the quarterback was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

And in 2004, the former quarterback was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Moreover, at the time of his retirement in early 1999, John had the most victories by a starting quarterback.

Also, he was statistically the second most prolific passer in NFL history.

7. Eli Manning

The seventh position on our list is secured by Eli Manning, whose net worth is estimated to be $150 million.

He initially commenced his career in 2004 and had a 16 seasons-long career before announcing his retirement in 2020.

Eli played as a quarterback for the New York Giants throughout his NFL career.

The former quarterback made around $8-10 million annually from endorsements alone.

Besides, he signed a six-year contract with the New York Giants worth $45 million in 2004 and a six-year $97.5 million extension contract in 2009.

And another four-year extension contract in 2015 worth $84 million.

6. Drew Brees

Next up, we have Drew Brees, a retired American football quarterback with a net worth of around $160 million.

He played for two teams during his professional career of twenty seasons.

The San Diego Chargers drafted Drew Brees in 2001. He eventually ended up playing for them for five seasons.

In 2006, Brees signed a six-year $60 million deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Moreover, he signed a five-year $100 million extension in 2012. And again a two-year $50 million extension in 2018.

In the March of 2021, Drew officially retired from the NFL.

5. Steve Young

Steve Young is a former professional footballer, investor, and sports commentator, born on 11th October 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The net worth of this retired quarterback is approximately $200 million.

He was best known for his impressive passing ability during the course of his fifteen-seasons-long career.

Steve retired in 1999 with the highest passer rating among all NFL quarterbacks.

Further, he now serves as a managing director for the equity firm called Huntsman Gay Global Capital (HGGC).

In addition to this, Young has also appeared in multiple TV shows such as “Beverly Hill, 90210,” The Singles Ward, Studio C, etc.

4. Tom Brady

The next on our list of richest NFL players is Tom Brady, who has amassed a huge net worth of $200 million.

He currently plays as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Before this, Tom was drafted by the New England Patriots, with whom he spent his first 20 seasons in NFL.

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Tom Brady in his Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey

The quarterback holds the record of being the only player in history to win 6 Super Bowls. And that too with the same team (New England Patriots).

Further, he is considered the biggest “steal” in the NFL Draft history because of his late selection.

In March 2021, Tom Brady signed a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

3. John Madden

John Madden is an American former football player, coach, and sportscaster with a net worth of $200 million.

In 1958, the player was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Besides, Madden became a successful coach for the Oakland Raiders in 1969 at just 32. John won a Super Bowl as the Raiders’ head coach.

Further, he endorsed one of the most successful video game franchises of all time: Madden NFL.

Also, the player became quite known as a commentator in the NFL.

In 2006, John was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his incredible work as a coach.

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2. Peyton Manning

The second position on our list belongs to Peyton Manning, a former American quarterback who played in the NFL for 18 seasons.

Peyton has an estimated net worth of $250 million.

Also, the former quarterback was a 13-time Pro-Bowl selectee and five-time AP NFL Most Valuable Player.

Moreover, Peyton Manning won nine total ESPY Awards over the course of his career.

His endorsements include deals with multiple companies, including Sony, ESPN, Spring, DirecTV, Master Card, Reebok, and Gatorade.

In 2017, Peyton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

1. Roger Staubach

The richest NFL player in the world is Roger Staubach, with an astonishing net worth of $650 million.

He is a former quarterback who commenced his football career at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961.

In 1964, Roger was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But he waited for the completion of his military service before actually playing in the NFL in 1969.

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The richest NFL player Roger Staubach smiling for the camera

Further, he led his team to the Super Bowl five times.

In fact, he led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII.

Staubach has numerous accomplishments, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI, the first of four players to win the Super Bowl MVP & Heisman Trophy, etc.

Also, the former player was named the Pro Bowl six times.

Roger is considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time in NFL history.

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