When it comes to high-profile positions in professional sports, being an NFL quarterback is the pinnacle. Regardless of whether or not it’s justified, if a team is performing well, the starting QB is often the person who gets most of the credit. Conversely, when a team struggles, their fan base will point the finger at the man behind center.
Sure, there is a lot of pressure associated with being a starting quarterback in the National Football League. However, there is also a great deal of money to be made for those who can excel at the position.
Matt Stafford is a 31-year-old QB who played college ball for Georgia before the Detroit Lions decided to select him first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. The 2014 Pro Bowler made NFL History by becoming the fastest player to throw for 30,000 yards, having done so in just 109 games. Up this point, Stafford has spent his entire career in Detroit.
For a brief period in 2017, the Lions made the Georgia alumni the highest-paid player in the league when they extend his contract for a whopping $135 million. At the moment, Stafford is worth about $60 million.
Former California Golden Bear Aaron Rodgers has long been one the best quarterbacks in the National Football League. He has been a member of the Green Bay Packers since they drafted him in the first round, back in 2005. The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player (2011, 2014) holds several league records, including the lowest career touchdown-to-interception ratio. The future Hall of Famer was also the MVP of Super Bowl XLV — having helped the Packers capture the Lombardi trophy that season.
Between his massive NFL contract and lucrative endorsement deals, the Green Bay star is worth roughly $120 million.
"Big” Ben Roethlisberger has been the starting QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2004 after being selected eleventh overall in the draft that year. As with several of the players on our list, he will likely wind up in the NFL Hall of Fame at some point. The 37-year-old has made six Pro Bowl Apperances and helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls, XL, and XLIII.
Roethlisberger has been playing at a very high level for a long time and earned a great deal of money as a result. In fact, the 6'5" quarterback is worth an estimated $70 million.
Matt Ryan was a first-round pick (third overall) pick out of Boston College during the 2008 NFL Draft. The 34-year-old quarterback has spent his entire career with the team that originally selected him, the Atlanta Falcons. In 2016, he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and helped take his team to the Super Bowl that year. Ryan has also been named to four Pro Bowls.
In 2018, he signed a five-year, $150 million contract extension, which means he’ll likely finish his career in Atlanta. Based on his recent contract, his net worth will likely be increasing, but it's at $70 million, which is still nothing to sneeze at.
After finishing up an excellent college career at the University of Deleware, Flacco would end up being selected eighteenth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He has spent the majority of his career in Baltimore and helped the team win Super Bowl XLVII. This past offseason, the Ravens decided to part ways with their longtime franchise quarterback. The Ravens shipped Flacco to Denver for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Following his Super Bowl win in 2013, Baltimore signed Flacco to a six-year contract worth around $120.6 million, which made him the highest-paid QB in the league at the time. The lucrative deal has helped him accumulate a net worth of about $75 million.
Former NC State star quarterback Philip Rivers was part of a memorable draft day deal that involved being traded from the New York Giants to the San Diego Chargers for Eli Manning back in 2004. Rivers has since spent his entire career in San Diego and has been the team's franchise quarterback. The 37-year-old star has also been one of the best QBs in the business and as a result, has been named to eight Pro Bowl teams.
Apparently, staying with the Chargers has worked out quite well for Rivers from a financial standpoint. The talented QB has about $80 million in total assets.
After a high-profile draft day trade, Ole Miss alum Eli Manning wound up on the New York Giants in 2004. As we now know, things turned out pretty well for both Manning and the franchise. The star quarterback has gone on to help the “G-men” capture two Super Bowl titles, including a memorable victory over a previously undefeated Patriots squad back in February of 2008. Manning remains the team's starter to this day, but the 38-year-old’s illustrious career appears to be winding down.
Fortunately, for Manning, between the money he made as a player and endorsement deals, he should be more than comfortable in retirement. The youngest Manning brother is worth $100 million.
The University of Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the NFL draft in 2012 — making him one of the only players on our list that wasn’t picked in the first round. He helped bring a Lombardi Trophy back to Seattle by winning Super Bowl XLVIII and also took his team to Super Bowl XLIX, where they would end up losing to the Patriots.
Thanks to a four-year, $140 million contract he signed this offseason, Wilson is now the highest-paid player in the game at the moment. This is why, Wilson is believed to have around $115 million in assets.
Drew Brees played at Purdue, before getting drafted late in the second round by the San Diego Chargers. While he would have modest success in San Diego, Brees would go on the become a megastar after signing with the Saints as a free agent in 2006. Since that time, the now 40-year-old quarterback has set several NFL passing records and also helped the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV.
Unsurprisingly, the surefire future Hall of Famer has made a few bucks over the course of his lengthy NFL career. Brees is worth a grand total of $130 million.
Michigan quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t drafted until the 6th round (200th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots — making him the greatest draft day bargain of all time. He would go on to become arguably the greatest quarterback the NFL has ever since and has helped New England win six Super Bowls and counting.
The 42-year-old NFL star is one of the most recognized faces in sports. Brady has not only captured Super Bowl titles; he has also captured the heart of his wife supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen. It would appear Brady has it all and that includes a total of $180 million in assets, which doesn’t include his wife’s income.