Football is one of the most watched, and the most loved sport here in the US. Every fall, millions of football fans get prepared to settle in for the season and follow their favorite team, and players as they make their way toward the biggest game of the year, the Super bowl. Over the years, many of the players have become quite wealthy due to their status and talent for the game. They not only receive big payouts for their contracts they sign with the team, but they accumulate wealth in other areas, from acting to sponsorships with big companies that want them to represent their brand.
Ad campaigns, commercials and other sources can be a huge payout to some of these guys. Some players are even known to develop their own athletic shoe line, take roles in television shows or movies. Some of the biggest money-making players of the National Football League (NFL), are the quarterbacks. Some are so popular, they become household names. If you have ever wondered which quarterbacks in the NFL had the biggest bank accounts, then keep reading to find out the top 20 riches NFL quarterbacks in history.
20. Jim Kelly – $20 million
Jim Kelly is the quarterback who led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls, unfortunately however, there were no wins. He was chosen for five Pro Bowls and when he retired after an 11-year stint with the Bills, he had achieved 35,467 passing yards and 237 touchdowns. Also at the time of retirement, he had his #12 retired and became the first player to ever have that. Some of his most notable achievements include holding the NFL record for most yards gained per completion in one single game, which was 44, and happened on September 10, 1995. He also nabbed an NFL best-passer rate in 1990, which was 101.2. He also made Pro Bowl five times. He has a net worth of $20 million and is one of the richest quarterbacks.
19. Andrew Luck – $22 million
Born in 1989 in Washington, D.C., Andrew Luck is a Heisman Trophy finalist at Stanford University and was the first draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts din 2012. He was a the component in the team’s turnaround and lead them to three bowl games. He set a record his rookie year, with 433 passing yards in November, and finished the season with 4,374 passing yards, which was also a rookie first. At the end of the year, he was selected for his first Bowl. Andrew Luck has a net worth of $22 million and hits the top 20 list at number 19 for the richest quarterbacks.
18. Troy Aikman – $25 million
Troy Aikman is one of the most famous Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks in the history of the team. He’s also one of the most loved and revered. He was the number one draft pick back in 1989 and played 12 seasons as the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. During his 12 year career with the Cowboys, Aikman led his team to win the Super Bowl three times, he was also a six-time Pro-Bowl selection and was been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2006. He currently is a sportscaster for Fox Network. Troy Aikman has a net worth of $25 million dollars and is one of the wealthiest quarterbacks in history.
17. Dan Marino – $38 million
Dan Marino is a household name in pro football, even if you don’t follow the game. Marino’s career in pro football started out a bit rocky. After his senior college career, Marino didn’t make first pick of the pro draft for the NY Jets in 1983 after rumors were, he was using drugs. He eventually signed on with the Miami Dolphins and was determined to show everyone what they had passed by and he gave the Dolphins his all, which proved to be beneficial for his career. In the years he spent with the NFL, Marino was named first-or-second team All-Pro eight separate times, as well as he earned All-AFC honors on six occasions. He also went on to win the NFL MVP, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and NFL Man of the Year. He is big into charity and is ranked number 27 of the 100 greatest football players, by The Sporting News. Dan Marino finished his career with a $38 million dollar net worth and is one of the most recognized quarterbacks in football history.
16. Steve Young – $40 million
One of the greatest, and wealthiest quarterbacks of all-time is Steve Young. Young played for 15 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL). In college, Young spent time playing for Brigham Young University. Young earned a number of awards during his football career, including being named NFL Most Valuable Player in 1992 and in 1994, he was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, as well as he set a new record for the NFL record passing rate, of 112.8. Young is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is one of the richest quarterbacks in the NFL, with a net worth of $40 million dollars.
15. Jay Cutler – $41 million
Born in Indiana in 1983, Jay Cutler was a quarterback for the Chicago Bears where he spent eleven seasons. Prior to that, Cutler had played for the Denver Broncos, which is the team he was originally drafted for before he was traded. After the 2016 season, Cutler announced he was retiring and took the position of sports commentator for Fox Network. Cutler is one of the most well-known quarterbacks in history and has a net worth of $40 million dollars, putting him on the list of one of the richest quarterbacks in pro football.
14. Fran Tarkenton – $42 million
Born in 1940, Fran Tarkenton may be off the field today, but he’s not out of the game. Outside of his career, he’s spent time as a commentator for Monday Night Football and stayed involved with the sport that he loved and excelled so well in. Aside his football commentary, he also owned his own software company that was sold in 1994. Tarkenton is one of the most famous quarterbacks in football history. At the time of his retirement, he held just about every record a quarterback could hold and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Most of his 18 season football career was spent with the Minnesota Vikings, however, he did play for The New York Giants for several seasons in between. Between football and his other ventures, Tarkenton has a net worth of $42 million dollars and is one of the most wealthy quarterbacks of all-time.
13. Drew Bledsoe – $50 million
Troy Bledsoe played for fourteen seasons in the NFL. He was the starting quarterback for New England Patriots, as well as he played for the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys. During the 1990’s, Bledsoe was recognized as the ‘face’ of the Patriots Franchise. In 1993, Bledsoe’s pro ball career began with being the number one overall pick for the NFL draft. Bledsoe was named to the 1995 Pro Bowl and at the time, was the youngest quarterback to be in the NFL’s all-star game. He has been inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011 and has a net worth of $50 million.
12. Joe Flacco – $51 million
Joe Flacco was born in 1985 and a quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. He was drafted first round, for the team in 20080 and started every game during his rookie year and was the first rookie in the game’s history to win two road playoff games. He won 13 games as a rookie starting quarterback and a total of 11 during the regular season. During Flacco’s third season, he was the all-time leader in the team’s legacy for passing touchdowns and passing yards. A few of his biggest achievements include, appearing in three AFC Championship Games and defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the XLVII Super Bowl. He has a net worth of $51 million and is known for having one of the strongest arms in NFL history.
11. Carson Palmer – $60 million
Carson Palmer was born in Fresno, California and was already showing remarkable size and strength by the time he reached 7th grade. He took private classes for football and later was taught by quarterback guru, Bob Johnson. During Palmer’s rookie year with the Bengals, he didn’t play at all but learned the position and subsequently given the starting quarterback position during the season of 2004. He started 13 games and the team finished that season 8-8. Over the years, Palmer has played a steadfast game and has led the team to many victories. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Cardinals. whom he plays for now, for $24.35 million. He has a very respectable net worth of $60 million.
10. Drew Brees – $62 million
Drew Brees is an American NFL quarterback who plays for the New Orleans Saints. He started his professional career with the San Diego Chargers and made Pro Bowl in 2004. He began his football career at Purdue University and was chosen as first pick in the second round of the 2001 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He started his position in 2002, followed by making Pro Bowl in 2004. He has made NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, won the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, and 2001, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. He was also named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2010. He has a net worth of $62 million.
9. Aaron Rodgers – $65 million
Aaron Rodgers was born in 1983 and has had quite a history with the NFL playing as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He has set several records during his career and has earned quite a name for himself in the sport. He spent the first three years backing up Brett Favre before he began playing as the team’s starting quarterback. As starting quarterback, Rodgers nabbed a, lowest single-season and career interception rate record. He also led the team to a victorious Super Bowl XLV win in 2010 at the close of the season, and was named Super Bowl MVP. He has a net worth of $65 million dollars and is one of the richest quarterbacks of the NFL.
8. Ben Roethlisberger – $70 million
Ben Roethlisberger is a quarterback in the NFL, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before going pro, he played college football for Miami University and subsequently drafted for the NFL in 2004. Born in 1982, Roethlisberger earned the title of AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004, and was selected for his first Pro Bowl in 2007. Roethlisberger was a key player that led the team to a 21-10 victory in his second season of play at Super Bowl XL, against the Seattle Seahawks. After four years of playing, he led them to a second victory and Super Bowl title against the Arizona Cardinals at Super Bowl XLIII. Ben Roethlisberger is one of the richest quarterbacks with a $70 million dollar net worth.
7. Joe Montana – $80 million
Joe Montana is known as “The Comeback Kid,” a name he earned as a former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, for a brief stint. His career began in 1979 with the 49ers, where he played for 14 seasons and led them to four wins at the Super Bowl. He was named Super Bowl MVP three separate times and holds the Super Bowl world record for the most passes without interception, with a total of 122 passes in 4 games – an all-time quarterback rating. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and has a net worth of $80 million dollars.
6. Brett Favre – $100 million
Brett Favre was a favorite for many football fans during his time with the NFL. He played as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers as well as the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and the Minnesota Vikings. He is the first quarterback to have made 500 passes for a touchdown and threw over 70,000 yards for 6,000 completions. He also threw over 10,000 pass attempts during his career. His career began after college when he was chosen in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, by the Atlanta Falcons. Favre is the only player to have won three-consecutive AP NFL MVP’s, and he is the only player to have won that award along with the Super Bowl in the same season. His successful career as an NFL quarterback has earned him a net worth of $100 million dollars.
5. Eli Manning – $115 million
Born Elisha Nelson Manning, in January of 1981, Eli Manning is an NFL quarterback for the New York Giants, and is the son of former NFL quarterback, Archie Manning. The NFL lineage didn’t stop there> Archie Manning is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning, which is another big name in the sport. Eli Manning holds several records in the NFL, including, the record for the most passing yards, touchdown passes, as well as completed passes, in his career. He is also the record-holder for the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in one season. He was responsible for leading his team to a victory in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, which they defeated the New England Patriots in both games. He was named MVP in both Super Bowls and is one of a few players who have won multiple Super Bowl awards. He is at the top of the list for wealthiest quarterbacks in NFL, with a net worth of $115 million.
4. John Elway – $145 million
John Elway was born in 1960 and played for the NFL for many seasons. and now acts as the executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos, which is the only team he ever played for during his 16-year career. He started his career with Stanford University and retired in early 1999. He is most known for his prolific rushing of the ball, which he did during different Super Bowls and scored a rushing touchdown. He’s only the second quarterback in the history of the NFL to make this play, the other being Thurman Thomas. He also set many records for passing attempts and completions at Stanford University before he became the first selection in the 1983 NFL Draft for the Baltimore Colts and subsequently traded to the Broncos. Elway has a net worth of $145 million and is number four on the list of the most wealthy quarterbacks in the NFL.
3. Tom Brady – $180 million
Tom Brady played as quarterback for the New England Patriots and is one of only two players in NFL history, to win five Super Bowls, all while only playing for one team. He was born in 1977 and played for the University of Michigan before being drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 Draft. He played as the starting quarterback for the Patriots for 15 seasons and during that time, he led his team to seven Super Bowls, which is the record for any player in the NFL history. He has been awarded with four Super Bowl MVPs and holds two league MVP awards. He was also selected for 12 Pro Bowls and led his team to 14 division titles. Brady is the third richest NFL quarterback of all-time, with a net worth of $180 million dollars.
2. Peyton Manning – $200 million
Peyton Manning played 18 seasons for the NFL, primarily on the Indianapolis Colts team and is one of the greatest quarterbacks for the NFL, in the history of the sport. He is only one of several family members to be a quarterback for the NFL and he holds a number of records for his talent. He led the Colts to eight division championships, two AFC championships, along with a lead to one Super Bowl title, which was the Colts first in over a three-decade span. At the end of his career, Manning underwent neck surgery which forced him to be out of the entire 2011 season. He was subsequently released by the Colts and signed on with the Broncos and played as their quarterback from seasons 2012-2015. He finished his NFL career with a Super Bowl 50 win. He has a net worth of $200 million dollars and is number two on the list of the NFL’s richest quarterbacks.
1. Roger Staubach – $600 million
Born in 1942, Roger Staubach, also known as Captain America and Captain Comeback, is a former NFL player who ended his career in the sport at the top of the game. He played for the Dallas Cowboys starting in 1969 and stayed with them for his 11 seasons in the NFL. He led his team to the Super Bowl five separate times, four of them being the starting quarterback. The Cowboys won the Super Bowl two times, Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl VI as well as he won the Heisman Trophy that season, and is only one of four players to achieve that honor. Staubach was also selected for Pro Bowl six times during his 11-year career with the NFL and when he retired, he retired with a net worth of $600 million dollars, the richest quarterback of all-time in the NFL.