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When it comes to legendary N.F.L. players, names like Joe Montana and Tom Brady instantly come to mind. But did you know that their success on the field was only one part of their incredible accomplishments? These players have managed to leverage their success in the N.F.L. to create massive fortunes off the field as well. Take a look at the top 10 wealthiest N.F.L. players based on their net worth, salary, and professional investments. 

  1. Roger Staubach: $600 million – Roger Staubach is living proof that being a football player can lead to success even after retirement! As a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, he led his team to two Super Bowl victories, and in his post-NFL career, he took on a new challenge: real estate. With a net worth of $600 million, it’s safe to say he found his true calling outside of football.
  2. Tom Brady: $250 million – You might know Tom Brady as the man with the million-dollar smile and seven Super Bowl rings. He’s played for two N.F.L. teams throughout his illustrious career, the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But did you know that he co-founded a sports supplement company, TB12? 
  3. Peyton Manning: $250 million – Peyton Manning has many talents. Not only did he win two Super Bowls and set numerous N.F.L. records during his career spanning the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, but he’s also entered the media world since his retirement from football. Manning has done everything from hosting a documentary series to appearing on various T.V. shows. 
  4. John Madden: $200 million – Even though he never stepped on the field as a player, he’s made quite a name for himself in the N.F.L. —as a coach, commentator, and video game developer. And let’s not forget about the iconic Madden N.F.L. video game franchise that every sports gamer has undoubtedly played at some point.
  5. Aaron Rodgers: $200 million – Rodgers, the famous Green Bay Packers quarterback, has a net worth large enough to buy his own football stadium! This football superstar has been awarded two NFL MVP awards and a Super Bowl championship. He’s also known for his roles in commercials for companies like Adidas and State Farm. Aaron Rodgers California Home
  6. Steve Young: $200 million – Playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1999, Young saw three Super Bowl wins – that’s a touchdown hat trick! But Young’s success extended beyond the field after retiring from the N.F.L. He became a successful entrepreneur, starting venture capital and private equity firms. 
  7. Eli Manning: $170 million – The Manning family is no stranger to success in the NFL. While older brother Peyton is known as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, younger brother Eli also had an impressive career with the New York Giants, winning two Super Bowls as a quarterback. Since retiring from the NFL, Eli has kept busy as a TV host, hosting a show called “The Eli Manning Hour.”
  8. Drew Brees: $160 million – Drew Brees is like that friend who’s just good at everything. He played quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers at different points in his illustrious career. He’s won a Super Bowl and set multiple N.F.L. records (including most career passing yards). After retiring in 2021, he became an N.B.C. Sports broadcaster. 
  9. Joe Montana: $150 million – Joe Montana is the original G.O.A.T. Playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, he won an impressive four Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. But Montana’s talents don’t stop there. He’s also a successful businessman, investing in several technology startups. 
  10. Brett Favre: $100 million – Favre played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings. Favre even won a Super Bowl! But after he retired, he didn’t just kick back and take it easy – he ventured into the business world with real estate and clothing ventures. 

The N.F.L. has produced some seriously wealthy players over the years—but it’s not just their skills on the field that have brought them success. These guys have taken their talents beyond football and turned them into empires.

Their post-career ventures prove they’re more than just football stars—they’re business moguls. They’re role models who have inspired younger athletes to aim high and work hard.

Kristin Chute

Kristin Chute is a seasoned freelance writer who spent much of her childhood at the racetrack, getting an early education in betting. As a New England sports fan and hockey mom, she loves providing EatWatchGamble readers with engaging articles on sports betting and online gambling news.

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