NFL players are some of the best-paid sportspeople in the entire world. They are household heroes, the stars of our team, and are paid very well to compensate. Despite what you may think, the most famous NFL players are not the ones who are the highest paid. At least, not yet. Today’s players are often receiving the highest wage. Television money, sponsorships, and even just good old inflation mean that the players of today make more than even the biggest stars of the past. Let’s look into them.
Most Famous Players
The most famous players of all time, according to Bleach Report, are the names we know and love. They may not be playing on the field any longer, but their names and their legacy live on.
As Cash Lady points out, the wealthiest players are those who made their fortunes outside the pitch. Roger Staubach was the star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and brought his team to five Super Bowls and two winning medals, but it is his work as a real estate officer that now means he is worth more than $600 million.
- Tom Brady
Tom Brady is a living legend. Player for the New England Patriots. He played two of the most incredible seasons by a quarterback ever. A winner at heart, and an American hero to all, Tom Brady tops the list of most famous NFL players.
- Dan Marino
Winner of the Super Bowl and one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks is Dan Marino, who played for the Miami Dolphins for 17 seasons, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, and his number – 13 was retired in 2019.
- Barry Sanders
Not every NFL hero has won the Super Bowl, as Barry Sanders can attest. Still, he is a folk hero in Detroit. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 and was included in the National Football League 100th Anniversary All-Time Team as one of the greatest running backs of all time.
- Al Davis
Al David made the NFL what it is today. The face of the Oakland Raiders, now a sporting franchise owner, and a key player in the merging of the NFL and the AFL together. He has done so much for the sport we love and will always be remembered.
- Reggie White
He was the two-time NFL Defense Player of the Year and was initiated into the Hall of Fame in 2006 for his incredible career as “The Minister of Defense”. He may have passed on too soon, but his memory, and his number 92, will live on.
The most famous players in the past certainly have nothing on players of today, who are making well over $30 million per season.
- Patrick Mahomes – $45 million per season
- Russel Wilson – $35 million per season
- Ben Roethlisberger – $ 34 million per season
- Aron Rodgers/Jared Gofd – $33.5 million per season