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Top 20 Richest NFL Players in the World 2021

NFL is one of the most famous sports leagues in the world today. The home of American Football – the most popular sport in United States, is also home to some of World's most valuable teams including Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants among others. 

Consequently, NFL players are one of the best-paid athletes in the world and a handful have made the list of the richest athletes

This article gives a detailed look at which players make the most money and where their wealth comes from. 

Here are the 20 richest NFL players in the world today.

20.Kirk Cousins Net Worth – $70 Million

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The Minnesota Vikings quarterback has been active in the NFL since 2012. He was drafted by Washington Redskins in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

His current contract extension with the Vikings worth $66 million runs until 2023, and was awarded $30 million in signing bonus.

Forbes ranked him as the 9th highest-paid athlete of 2020 earning $60.5 million. His net worth in 2021 is $70 million.

19.Joe Flacco Net Worth – $75 Million

Joseph Flacco is an American football quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He recently extended his contract with the Eagles and will receive a guaranteed $3 Million and $4 million in incentives.

He was at his prime in 2012 when he led the Baltimore Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII and named game’s MVP. He was then awarded a 6 year, $120 million contract, which made him the league’s highest paid quarterback at the time. His net worth today is approximately $75 million.

18.Cam Newton Net Worth – $75 Million

Cameron Newton is a quarterback for the New England Patriots of the NFL. He previously played for Carolina Panthers for nine seasons.

The quarterback has earned a total of $121 million throughout his NFL career. As per Celebrity Net Worth, Newton is worth around $75 million.

17.Philip Rivers Net Worth – $80 Million

Philip Rivers is a retired American Football quarterback. He was with Indianapolis Colts for 16 seasons and Los Angeles Chargers in his final season.

Earnings from his remarkable career in the NFL amounted to $243.9 million, placing him 7th in the highest-paid NFL players of all time. His net worth today is $80 million.

16.Carson Palmer Net Worth – $90 Million

Carson Palmer is a former American football quarterback who played in the NFL for 15 seasons. Upon his retirement in 2018 had played for Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.

Palmer earned $174.1 million in his entire NFL career and his net worth today is approximately $90 million.

15.Tom Condon Net Worth – $100 Million

Tom Condon is a former American football player who played for Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots as an offensive lineman.

Forbes recognized him as the ninth most powerful sports agent of 2020, a venture he explored for more than 30 years. His clients include Sam Bradford, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.

Condon net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be $100 million

14.Joe Montana Net Worth – $100 Million

Joe Montana is a former American football quarterback who spent the better part of his 16 seasons in the NFL with San Francisco 49ers.

While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player to have been named Super Bowl MVP three times.

He has a net worth of $100 million in 2021.

13.Fran Tarkenton Net Worth – $100 Million

Francis Tarkenton is a former American football quarterback who played in the NFL for 18 seasons primarily with the Minnesota Vikings. His net worth in 2021 is approximately $100 million.

12.Brett Favre Net Worth – $100 Million

Brett Favre is a retired American football quarterback who spent majority of his career with Green Bay Packers.

The one time Super Bowl Champion and three times NFL MVP has a net worth of $100 million in 2021.

11.Ben Roethlisberger Net Worth – $100 Million

During his career as a quarterback for Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger has over $170 million as per Business Insider.

He is a two times Super Bowl winner and his net worth is approximately $100 million.

10.Aaron Rodgers Net Worth – $120 Million

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Aaron Rodgers was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Rodgers won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers and is a three times NFL Most Valuable Player.

His career earnings as of 2021 are $137.5 million and his net worth is $120 million.

9.Russell Wilson Net Worth – $135 Million

Russell Wilson is a quarterback for Seattle Seahawks and is a super bowl XLVIII champion.

The quarterback signed a contract extension with Seahawks in 2019. The contract was worth a total of $140 million, making Wilson the highest-paid NFL player at the time.

He has a net worth of $135 million as of 2021.

8.John Elway Net Worth – $145 Million

Currently the president of football operations at Denver Broncos of the National Football League, John Elway previously served as a quarterback during his entire 16-year professional career with the Broncos.

He is a two times Super Bowl champion and was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1987. His net worth in 2021 is $145 million.

7.Eli Manning Net Worth – $150 Million

The younger of the Manning brothers, Eli is a retired American Football quarterback who played for New York Giants in the NFL.

He is a two times super bowl champion. His total career earnings amounted to $252.3 Million. Eli Manning net worth in 2020 is approximately $150 Million.

6.Drew Brees Net Worth – $160 Million

After a stellar career that spanned for two decades, Drew Brees retired from playing football professionally in 2020.

He played for San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints of the NFL as a quarterback. The one time Super Bowl champion earned a total of $269.7 million in the NFL.

Endorsement deals with Nike, Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo, AdvoCare International and Wrangler played part in increasing his net worth.

Brees also has a family foundation which has contributed over $25 million to charities in New Orleans and San Diego.

His net worth in 2021 is approximately $160 million.

5.Steve Young Net Worth – $200 Million

Steve Young is a former professional American Football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons, with Philadelphia 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He is a three times Super Bowl Champion and his net worth in 2021 is approximately $200 million.

4.John Madden Net Worth – $200 Million

Despite having his NFL career cut short while practising with Philadelphia Eagles, John Madden is one of the most popular faces in the NFL thanks to his career as a football coach and sports caster.

He won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Oakland Raiders and was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 as recognition to his coaching career.

His net worth in 2021 is estimated to be $200 million resulting from earnings a football coach, sports caster and association with EA Sports.

3.Tom Brady Net Worth – $250 Million

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Tom Brady is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He has won the super bowl on seven occasions – 6 with New England Patriots and recently once with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He has been Super Bowl MVP on 5 different occasions and NFL Most Valuable Player on three occasions.

Brady has earned over $263 million in his 21 seasons in the NFL according to Sportrac.

 As per Forbes, Brady was the 21st highest-paid athlete of 2020, taking home $45 million from salary and endorsements.

Celebrity NetWorth estimates his net worth in 2021 to be approximately $250 million.

2.Peyton Manning Net Worth – $250 Million

Peyton manning is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. His NFL career spanned for 18 seasons – 14 seasons with Indianapolis Colts and four with Denver Broncos.

Manning is a 2 times Super Bowl champion and on 5 occasions was NFL Most Valuable Player.

His net worth in 2021 is $250 million, achieved through endorsements and NFL salary.

1.Roger Staubach Net Worth – $600 Million

Nicknamed “Roger the Dodger”, Roger Staubach is a former professional American football player for Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.

Staubach is the wealthiest NFL player in history with an estimated net worth of $600 million.

Top 20 Richest NFL Players 2021


Roger Staubach

$600 Million


Peyton Manning

$250 Million


Tom Brady

$250 Million


John Madden

$200 Million


Steve Young

$200 Million


Drew Brees

$160 Million


Eli Manning

$150 Million


John Elway

$145 Million


Russell Wilson

$135 Million


Aaron Rodgers

$120 Million


Ben Roethlisberger

$100 Million


Brett Favre

$100 Million


Fran Tarkenton

$100 Million


Joe Montana

$100 Million


Tom Condon

$100 Million


Carson Palmer

$90 Million


Philip Rivers

$80 Million


Cam Newton

$75 Million


Joe Flacco

$75 Million


Kirk Cousins

$70 Million

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