Football Players make a lot of money. And many of us have wondered how much money our favorite players actually have. Well, here is a list of the richest NFL players that will help answer all your questions.

50. Olivier Vernon

Net Worth: $29 million

Team: New York Giants

Years Active:    Miami Dolphins (2012–2015)

New York Giants (2016–present)

Fact: Vernon declared early for the 2012 NFL Draft and was the 72nd pick overall by the Miami Dolphins. His 3rd round selection ended a drought of 8 years without the Dolphins picking a player from the University of Miami. The last one had been Vernon Carey in 2004.

49. Mike Ditka

Net Worth: $30 million

Team: Chicago Bears (Primarily)

Years Active:    Chicago Bears (1961–1966)

Philadelphia Eagles (1967–1968)

Dallas Cowboys (1969–1972)

Fact: Ditka was an NFL champion with the 1963 Bears, and is a three-time Super Bowl champion, playing on the Cowboys Super Bowl VI team as well as winning as an assistant coach for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, and coaching the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX. He was named to both the NFL’s 50th and 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. As a coach for the Bears for 11 years he was twice both the AP and UPI NFL Coach of Year (1985 and 1988). He also coached the New Orleans Saints for three years.

48. Andrew Luck

Net Worth: $30 million

Team:Indianapolis Colts

Years Active: Indianapolis Colts (2012-Present)

Fact: In his first three professional seasons, Luck has led the Colts to three playoff appearances including two AFC South division titles in 2013 and 2014, also earning a Pro Bowl selection in each season. In the 2013–14 NFL playoffs, he led the Colts to the second largest playoff comeback in NFL history. Primarily known for his passing, Luck has also established himself as an elite running quarterback.

47. Matt Cassel

Net Worth: $30 million

Team: Tennessee Titans

Years Active:    New England Patriots (2005-2008)

Kansas City Chiefs (2009-2012)

Minnesota Vikings (2013-2014)

Buffalo Bills (2015)

Dallas Cowboys (2015)

Tennessee Titans (2016-Present)

Fact: According to ESPN research, he is the only known quarterback in NFL history to start an NFL game at quarterback without ever starting as quarterback in college.

46. Gerald McCoy

Net Worth: $30 million

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Years Active: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-Present)

Fact: Since joining the Buccaneers and the NFL, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl five consecutive years.

45. LaDainian Tomlinson

Net Worth: $32 million

Team: New York Jets

Years Active:    San Diego Chargers (2001-2009)

New York Jets (2010-2011)

Fact: Tomlinson threw seven touchdown passes and ranks second behind Walter Payton (8) for non-quarterbacks since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. He was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team as one of the top running backs of the 2000s.

44. Matthew Stafford

Net Worth: $35 million

Team: Detroit Lions

Years Active: Detroit Lions (2009-Present)

Fact: Stafford is the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season, being one of three players to do it in 2011, and is the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards (109 games). Stafford also holds the NFL record for the most comeback wins in a season, recording eight in the 2016 NFL season.

43. Donovan McNabb

Net Worth: $35 million

Team: Philadelphia Eagles (Primarily)

Years Active:    Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2009)

Washington Redskins (2010)

Minnesota Vikings (2011)

Fact: McNabb also became the Eagles’ all-time leader in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. His 3,469 career yards rushing ranks sixth all-time for NFL quarterbacks.

42. DeMarcus Ware

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) smiles as he talks with teammates while stretching during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Net Worth: $35 million

Team: Dallas Cowboys (Primarily)

Years Active:    Dallas Cowboys (2005-2013)

Denver Broncos (2014-2016)

Fact: After spending eleven seasons with the Cowboys, Ware departed in 2015 as the franchise’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 116. Ware also played for the Denver Broncos, with whom he won Super Bowl 50 with a win over the Carolina Panthers. After the 2016 season with the Broncos, he retired from the NFL.

41. Dan Marino

Net Worth: $35 million

Team: Miami Dolphins

Years Active: Miami Dolphins (1983-1999)

Fact: Marino’s career record as a quarterback in the postseason was 8–10, including that Super Bowl loss in his second season in 1984.

40. Alex Smith

Net Worth: $35 million

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Years Active:    San Francisco 49ers (2005-2012)

Kansas City Chiefs (2013-Present)

Fact: Following the 2012 season, Smith was traded to Kansas City on March 12, 2013. In his first season with the team, he led them to a 9–0 start and their first playoff berth in three years. Smith went on to guide the Chiefs to an eleven-game winning streak in 2015 and their first playoff win since 1994.

39. Kerry Collins

Net Worth: $39.5 million

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Years Active: Carolina Panthers (1995-1998)

New Orleans Saints (1998)

New York Giants (1999-2003)

Oakland Raiders (2004-2005)

Tennessee Titans (2006-2010)

Indianapolis Colts (2011)

Fact: Collins defeated every NFL team except the Miami Dolphins during his career, and threw for over 200 touchdowns. He led the New York Giants to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34-7.

38. Sam Bradford

Injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, in street clothes, at Lincoln Financial Field late in the game against Tampa Bay November 22, 2015. The Eagles had a very frustrating game losing 45-17. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

Net Worth: $40 million

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Years Active:    St. Louis Rams (2010-2014)

Philadelphia Eagles (2015)

Minnesota Vikings (2016-Present)

Fact: In 2010, his first season in the NFL, Bradford set the record for most completions by a rookie in NFL history, which helped earn him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the Rams traded Bradford along with a 2015 fifth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth-round pick, and a 2016 second-round pick.

37. Matt Schaub

Net Worth: $40 million

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Years Active:    Atlanta Falcons (2004-2006)

Houston Texans (2007-2013)

Oakland Raiders (2014)

Baltimore Ravens (2015)

Atlanta Falcons (2016-Present)

Fact: Schaub played college football for the University of Virginia, and was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

36. Marques Colston

Net Worth: $40 million

Team: New Orleans Saints

Years Active: New Orleans Saints (2006-2015)

Fact: Colston helped the Saints achieve victory in Super Bowl XLIV with seven receptions for 83 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He is the Saints’ all-time franchise leader in receiving yards, yards from scrimmage, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns, and total receptions.

35. Edgerrin James

Net Worth: $40 million

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Years Active:    Indianapolis Colts (1999-2005)

Arizona Cardinals (2006-2008)

Seattle Seahawks (2009)

Fact: James was the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1999, he earned four Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro selections.

34. Deion Sanders

25 Nov 1999: Deion Sanders #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates on the field during the game against the Miami Dolphins at the Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez /Allsport

Net Worth: $40 million

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Years Active:    Atlanta Falcons (1989-1993)

San Francisco 49ers (1994)

Dallas Cowboys (1995-1999)

Washington Redskins (2000)

Baltimore Ravens (2004-2005)

Fact: Sanders played football primarily at cornerback, but also as a kick returner, punt returner and occasionally wide receiver. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens, winning the Super Bowl with both the 49ers and the Cowboys. An outfielder in baseball, he played professionally for the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants, and participated in the 1992 World Series with the Braves. He attended Florida State University, where he was recognized as a two-time All-American in football, and also played baseball and ran track. Sanders also founded the Prime Prep Academy charter school in 2012 and has coached at the school. The school was closed January 30, 2015, due to financial insolvency. In 2014, he debuted his new show, the Deion Family Playbook.

33. Bryant Young

Net Worth: $40 million

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Years Active: San Francisco 49ers (1994-2007)

Fact: Young is currently the defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

32. Russell Wilson

Net Worth: $45 million

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Years Active: Seattle Seahawks (2012-Present)

Fact: Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2012, he tied Peyton Manning’s record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie (26) and was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he led the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl victory, and in 2014, led them to a second straight Super Bowl berth. Wilson has won more games (46) than any other NFL quarterback in his first four seasons, and is currently the second highest rated NFL passer of all time behind Aaron Rodgers. On July 31, 2015, Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension with the Seahawks, making him, at the time, the second highest paid player in the NFL.

31. Ray Lewis

Net Worth: $45 million

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Years Active: Baltimore Ravens (1996-2012)

Fact: Lewis played middle linebacker his entire career, and is considered to be one of the greatest ever to play the position. He was a 13-time Pro Bowler, 10-time Associated Press All-Pro, and one of the few players in NFL history to play in a Pro Bowl in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s). He is also considered to be the greatest Baltimore Raven of all-time.

Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the stabbing deaths of two men in 2000. The following season, he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and led the Ravens’ record-setting defense to a Super Bowl XXXV victory. Lewis also became the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team. Lewis won his second Defensive Player of the Year award in 2003, becoming the sixth player to win the award multiple times. After a triceps tear that sidelined him for most of the 2012–13 season, Lewis returned for the Ravens’ playoff run and earned his second Super Bowl victory in his final NFL game.

30. LaVar Arrington

Net Worth: $45 million

Team: Washington Redskins (Primarily)

Years Active:    Washington Redskins (2000-2005)

New York Giants (2006)

Fact: The Washington Redskins chose Arrington with the second overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Redskins from 2000 to 2005. After four seasons with the Redskins, Arrington signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension. His agent Carl Poston was accused of neglecting to inspect the final revision of the contract, in which $6.5 million worth of bonuses contained in earlier drafts were missing. Poston was eventually suspended for two years by the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) over the mishandling of Arrington’s contract; Arrington did not support the NFLPA’s decision. Arrington’s final two seasons with the Redskins were marred by knee injuries and conflicts with coaches Joe Gibbs and Gregg Williams. In March 2006 Arrington paid the Redskins $4.4 million to buy his free agency.

29. Cam Newton

Net Worth: $45 million

Team: Carolina Panthers

Years Active:  Carolina Panthers (2011–present)

Fact: In Newton’s rookie year, Newton broke all-time NFL rookie records for passing and rushing yards. He became the first NFL quarterback to throw for 400 yards in his first game, shattering Peyton Manning’s first-game record by 120 yards. He also broke Otto Graham’s 61-year-old record for passing yards by any quarterback in an NFL debut. Newton went on to become the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. He also ran for 14 touchdowns, more in a single season than any quarterback in NFL history, breaking Steve Grogan’s 35-year-old record.

In 2015, Newton became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 in the same season (35 passing, 10 rushing). He also became the only quarterback ever to have 300 yards passing, 5 touchdown passes, and over 100 yards rushing in the same game. Newton capped off the 2015 season by capturing MVP honors and leading his Panthers to a 15–1 record and a trip to Super Bowl 50.

28. Albert Haynesworth

Net Worth: $45 million

Team: Tennessee Titans (Primarily)

Years Active:    Tennessee Titans (2002–2008)

Washington Redskins (2009–2010)

New England Patriots (2011)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011)

Fact: Drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round (15th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Albert Haynesworth spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Titans. An All-Pro selection in 2007 and 2008, and considered “the most dominant defensive tackle in the league” at that time, Haynesworth was a highly coveted free agent following the 2008 season. He signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins in February 2009, but played less than two full seasons with Washington. The Redskins’ acquisition of Haynesworth has since been widely derided as the worst free agent signing in NFL history.

27. Drew Bledsoe

Net Worth: $48 million

Team: New England Patriots (Primarily)

Years Active:    New England Patriots (1993–2001)

Buffalo Bills (2002–2004)

Dallas Cowboys (2005–2006)

Fact: The first overall pick in 1993 NFL Draft, Bledsoe helped improve the fortunes of the Patriots, who had fallen on hard times. Under his tenure as starting quarterback, the Patriots ended an eight-season postseason drought, qualified for the playoffs six times, and made one Super Bowl appearance. In his second season with the team, he was named to the 1995 Pro Bowl and was the youngest quarterback to appear in the NFL’s all-star game at the time.

26. Philip Rivers

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Los Angeles Chargers

Years Active:  San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers (2004–present)

Fact: After starting Chargers’ quarterback Drew Brees went to the New Orleans Saints following the 2005 season, Rivers led the Chargers to a 14-2 record in his first season as a starter. In 2007, he helped the Chargers win their first playoff game since 1994 after beating the Tennessee Titans in the wildcard round of the 2007 playoffs and eventually leading them to the AFC Championship Game.

25. Ndamukong Suh

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Miami Dolphins

Years Active:    Detroit Lions (2010–2014)

Miami Dolphins (2015–present)

Fact: As a college senior, Suh became one of the most decorated players in college football history. He won numerous awards including the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, and Outland Trophy, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American.

Suh has been criticized for his aggressive style of play and has been fined eight times through 2014 for a total of $255,375 by the NFL, with seven for player-safety violations, and suspended once (for two games), resulting in the loss of an additional $165,294 in pay. Despite issues with sportsmanship, Suh is recognized as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. In 2015, Suh was named the 24th best player in the NFL, while being the sixth highest ranked defensive player. He’s won numerous awards and accolades, having been named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, while being selected to four Pro Bowls in his first five seasons, and having been named an All Pro every year he’s been in the NFL, four times to the All Pro First team, including his rookie year, and once to the All Pro Second team. In 2015, Suh became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, having signed a six-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, worth in excess of $114 million, with nearly $60 million fully guaranteed.

24. Jay Cutler

Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Chicago Bears

Years Active:    Denver Broncos (2006–2008)

Chicago Bears (2009–2016)

Fact: Cutler was ranked by many experts as the third-best quarterback prospect in the 2006 NFL Draft, after Matt Leinart of USC and Vince Young of Texas. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Ron Jaworski tabbed him as the best quarterback available in the draft, and some scouts believed he had better arm strength than Young and Leinart, and compared him to Brett Favre for his gunslinger attitude. At the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine, Cutler completed 23 repetitions of a 225-pound bench press (more than some linemen) and ran a 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds.

23. Aeneas Williams

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Arizona Cardinals (Primarily)

Years Active:    Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1991–2000)

St. Louis Rams (2001–2004)

Fact: Williams was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

22. Gale Sayers

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Chicago Bears

Years Active: Chicago Bears (1965–1971)

Fact: Prior to joining the Bears, Sayers played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks football team of the University of Kansas, where he compiled 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. In his rookie NFL season, he set a league record by scoring 22 total touchdowns and gained 2,272 all-purpose yards, and was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year. He continued this production through his first five seasons, earning four Pro Bowl appearances and five first-team All-Pro selections. A right knee injury forced Sayers to miss the final five games of the 1968 season, but he returned in 1969 to lead the NFL in rushing yards and be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. An injury to his left knee in the 1970 preseason kept him sidelined for most of his final two seasons.

His friendship with Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970, inspired Sayers to write his autobiography, I Am Third, which in turn was the basis for the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song. Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 and, aged 34, remains the youngest person to receive the honor. For his achievements in college, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame the same year. His jersey number is retired by both the Bears and the University of Kansas. Following his NFL career, Sayers began a career in sports administration and business, and served as the athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981.

21. Jim Brown

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Cleveland Browns

Years Active: Cleveland Browns (1957–1965)

Fact: Brown earned consensus All-America honors playing college football at Syracuse University in New York, where he was an all-around player for the Syracuse Orangemen football team. He also excelled in basketball, track and field, and lacrosse. The football team later retired his number 44 jersey. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

In his professional career, Brown carried the ball 2,359 times for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns, which were all records when he retired. He averaged 104.1 rushing yards per game, and is the only player in NFL history to average over 100 rushing yards per game for his career. His 5.2 yards per rush is third-best among running backs. Brown was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, comprising the best players in NFL history. His number 32 jersey is retired by the Browns. Shortly after his football career, Brown became an actor, and had several leading roles throughout the 1970s.

20. Larry Fitzgerald

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Years Active: Arizona Cardinals (2004–present)

Fact: Fitzgerald has been selected for the Pro Bowl ten times, and was named First-team All-Pro in 2008 and Second-team All-Pro twice in 2009 and 2011. As of 2016, he is third all-time in receptions, ninth in receiving yards (leading all active players in those two categories), and eighth in receiving touchdowns.

19. Vincent Jackson

Net Worth: $50 million

Team: San Diego Chargers (Primarily)

Years Active:    San Diego Chargers (2005–2011)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012–2016)

Fact: On March 13, 2012, Jackson signed a 5-year, $55.55 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On September 7, 2012, Jackson was elected a team captain. On October 21 against the New Orleans Saints, Jackson set multiple Buccaneer records, with the longest reception in Tampa Bay history (95 yards) and the most receiving yards in a single game (216 yards). Jackson was selected to his 3rd Pro Bowl to replace the injured Calvin Johnson.

18. Joe Flacco

Net Worth: $55 million

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Years Active: Baltimore Ravens (2008–present)

Fact: With Flacco as Baltimore’s starting quarterback, the Ravens have won the AFC North twice, appeared in three AFC Championship Games, and defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII’s MVP, concluding a postseason run in which he tied Joe Montana’s single postseason record for touchdown passes (11) without an interception. That offseason, Flacco signed a six-year contract worth $120.6 million, a record high for a quarterback at the time. Flacco has become known for his outstanding performance in the postseason, having established a career playoff record of 10-5 and holding the record for most postseason road victories by a quarterback with 7.

Flacco is known for having one of the strongest arms in the NFL, which allows him to use an “aggressive, high-risk deep downfield passing game”.

17. Jerry Rice

Net Worth: $55 million

Team: San Francisco 49ers (Primarily)

Years Active:    San Francisco 49ers (1985–2000)

Oakland Raiders (2001–2004)

Seattle Seahawks (2004)

 Denver Broncos (2005)*

Fact: Rice is the all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers, including receptions, touchdown receptions, and receiving yards, once being the leader for total yards in a season. Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 12 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. As of 2016, Rice holds over 100 NFL records, the most of any player by a wide margin. In 1999, The Sporting News listed Rice second behind Jim Brown on its list of “Football’s 100 Greatest Players”. In 2010, he was chosen by NFL Network’s NFL Films production The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players as the greatest player in NFL history. In 2010, Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

* Offseason and/or practice squad member only

16. Drew Brees

Net Worth: $55 million

Team: New Orleans Saints

Years Active:    San Diego Chargers (2001–2005)

New Orleans Saints (2006–present)

Fact: Brees started his professional career with the San Diego Chargers, earning the starting job in 2002 and making the Pro Bowl in 2004. Nine months after suffering a bad dislocation in his shoulder joint and a 360 degree tear of his labrum and rotator cuff, Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent. He met immediate success in New Orleans, earning nine trips to the Pro Bowl and leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts. Since joining the Saints in 2006, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards, and 300-yard games. Brees has passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times—no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once. He has led the NFL in passing touchdowns four times, and in passing yards a record seven times. He was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year.

15. Fran Tarkenton

Net Worth: $60 million

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Years Active:    Minnesota Vikings (1961–1966)

New York Giants (1967–1971)

Minnesota Vikings (1972–1978)

Fact: In addition to his football career, Tarkenton served as a commentator on Monday Night Football and a co-host of That’s Incredible!. He also founded Tarkenton Software, a computer-program generator company, and he toured the U.S. promoting CASE (computer-aided software engineering) with Albert F. Case, Jr. of Nastec Corporation. Tarkenton Software later merged with KnowledgeWare (with Tarkenton as president), until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994.

14. Carson Palmer

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $60 million

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Years Active:    Cincinnati Bengals (2003–2010)

Oakland Raiders (2011–2012)

Arizona Cardinals (2013–present)

Fact: On August 5, 2016, Palmer signed a one-year, $24.35 million contract extension with the Cardinals. He started 15 games in 2016 and missed Week 6 against the 49ers after suffering a concussion the previous week against the Los Angeles Rams. Palmer threw for over 4,000 yards for the sixth time in his career with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

13. Michael Strahan

Net Worth: $65 million

Team: New York Giants

Years Active:  New York Giants (1993–2007)

Fact: Strahan set a record for the most sacks in a season in 2001, and won a Super Bowl in his final season in 2007. After retiring from the NFL, Strahan became a media personality. He is currently a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday, and has also served as co-host on the syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael with co-host Kelly Ripa from 2012 to 2016, where he was a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner. In 2014, he became a regular contributor on the ABC morning television show Good Morning America, and in 2016 the network announced that Strahan would be leaving Live! to join GMA on a full-time basis. He starred in and produced the short-lived Fox sitcom Brothers and appeared as host for Pros vs. Joes alongside fellow Fox football analyst Jay Glazer. On February 1, 2014, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As of 2016, he is the host of the ABC game show The $100,000 Pyramid.

12. Ben Roethlisberger

Net Worth: $70 million

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Years Active:  Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–Present)

Fact: Roethlisberger earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 and his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history, leading the Steelers, in only his second professional season, to a 21–10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at the age of 23. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a second Super Bowl title in four seasons as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27–23, after completing a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the game. He appeared in his third Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLV, but the team would fall by a score of 31-25 to the Green Bay Packers.

Roethlisberger has been one of the most efficient passers in NFL history. He currently ranks 9th all-time in NFL passer rating (94.0), tied for 6th in yards per attempt (7.93), and tied for 10th in completion percentage (63.85%) among quarterbacks with a minimum of 1,500 career attempts. He has the fourth highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 starts. He is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current NFL teams.

11. Tony Romo

Net Worth: $70 million

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Years Active:  Dallas Cowboys (2003–2016)

Fact: Romo signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2003. Beginning his career as a holder, Romo became the Cowboys’ starting quarterback during the 2006 season. Serving as the team’s primary starter from 2006 to 2015, he guided the Cowboys to four postseason appearances and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. Romo retired after the 2016 season, following a preseason back injury that caused him to lose his starting position to Dak Prescott. Upon retiring, he was hired by NFL on CBS to become their lead analyst for their broadcasts.

Romo holds several Cowboys team records, including passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, and games with three or more touchdown passes. He also held a higher passer rating in the fourth quarter than any other NFL quarterback from 2006 to 2013. However, Romo’s reputation was affected by a lack of postseason success, having won only two of the six playoff games he appeared in and never advancing beyond the divisional round. His 97.1 passer rating is the fourth highest of all time and the highest among retired players.

10. Eli Manning

Net Worth: $80 million

Team: New York Giants

Years Active:  New York Giants (2004–present)

Fact: Manning holds Giants franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes, and completed passes in a career, and the NFL record for most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a season. He led the Giants to victory in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games. Manning was named Most Valuable Player in each Super Bowl, becoming one of five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards (Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw have two, while Joe Montana has three and Tom Brady has four).

Manning is the active iron man for consecutive starts by a quarterback. Manning is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 45,000 career yards, 300 touchdowns, four Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl championships (John Elway, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning). He is the eighth all-time leader in passing yards, and seventh in passing touchdowns. Though lacking the consistent statistical prowess of his brother, Manning is known for his exceptional performances both in the clutch and in the postseason.

9. Joe Montana

Net Worth: $80 million

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Years Active:    San Francisco 49ers (1979–1992)

Kansas City Chiefs (1993–1994)

Fact: Noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana helped his teams to 31 fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories. In the closing moments of the 1981 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIII, Montana threw game-winning touchdown passes. The touchdown at the end of the championship game was so memorable that sports journalists, fans, and many others, refer to the play simply as “The Catch”. The touchdown in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXIII came at the end of a 92-yard drive with only 36 seconds left on the game clock.

The 49ers retired the number 16, the jersey number Montana wore while with the team. In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game in January 1994. In 1994, Montana earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; he is also a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. In 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked Montana third on their list of Football’s 100 Greatest Players. Also in 1999, ESPN named Montana the 25th greatest athlete of the 20th century. In 2006, Sports Illustrated rated him the number-one clutch quarterback of all time.

8. Brett Favre

Net Worth: $100 million

Team: Green Bay Packers (Primarily)

Years Active:    Atlanta Falcons (1991)

Green Bay Packers (1992–2007)

New York Jets (2008)

Minnesota Vikings (2009–2010)

Fact: Favre is the only player to win the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (1995–97), and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He has led teams to eight division championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009), five NFC Championship Games (1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009), and two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXXI, Super Bowl XXXII), winning one (Super Bowl XXXI).

He holds many NFL records, including most career pass completions, most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts by a player, most sacked, and most fumbles. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, although both records have since been broken by Peyton Manning.

He is also referred to by his nickname “The Gunslinger”. Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

7. John Elway

Net Worth: $145 million

Team: Denver Broncos

Years Active: Denver Broncos (1983–1998)

Fact: After two more Super Bowl losses, the Broncos entered a period of decline; however, that ended during the 1997 season, as Elway and Denver won their first Super Bowl title by defeating the Green Bay Packers 31–24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos repeated as champions the following season in Super Bowl XXXIII by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–19. Elway was voted MVP of that Super Bowl, which was the last game of his career, and in doing so Elway set a then-record five Super Bowl starts which was broken in February 2015 when Tom Brady of the New England Patriots started Super Bowl XLIX. As Denver’s quarterback, Elway led his teams to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning two. After his retirement as a player, he served as general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Broncos, which won four division titles, two AFC Championships, and Super Bowl 50 during his tenure.

Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility.

6. Tom Brady

Net Worth: $160 million

Team: New England Patriots

Years Active: New England Patriots (2000–present)

Fact: Brady has been honored with four Super Bowl MVP awards (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI), the most ever by a single player, has won two league MVP awards (2007 and 2010), has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (14) than any other quarterback in NFL history. As of the end of the 2016 season, Brady is fourth all-time in career passing yards, fourth in career touchdown passes, and third in career passer rating. His career postseason record is 25–9, winning more playoff games than any other quarterback, and he has appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position. Brady has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback in the NFL. His 208 combined regular-season and postseason wins are also the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Because of his accomplishments and accolades, many analysts and sportswriters consider Brady to be among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Due to his late draft selection, Brady is considered to be the biggest “steal” in the history of the NFL Draft.

For his alleged involvement in the highly publicized Deflategate football tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.

5. Steve Young

Net Worth: $200 million

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Years Active:    Los Angeles Express (1984–1985)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985–1986)

San Francisco 49ers (1987–1999)

Fact: Young was named the AP’s NFL Most Valuable Player in 1992 and 1994, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. During his 1994 MVP campaign, he set a new NFL record for passer rating at 112.8. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

4. Peyton Manning

Net Worth: $200 million

Team: Indianapolis Colts (Primarily)

Years Active:    Indianapolis Colts (1998–2011)

Denver Broncos (2012–2015)

Fact: Manning holds many NFL records, including passing yards (71,940), touchdown passes (539), AP MVP awards (5), Pro Bowl appearances (14), and 4,000-yard passing seasons (14). A two-time Super Bowl winner and the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, Manning is also the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different franchises more than once each and the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. At 39 years of age, Manning is the oldest quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl. Manning is also the only quarterback in NFL history to make the Super Bowl four times with four different head coaches (Dungy, Caldwell, Fox, and Kubiak).

During a 2009 Monday Night Football game, Manning received the nickname “The Sheriff” from color commentator Jon Gruden due to his tendency to audible prior to the snap, and he was one of the most recognizable and parodied players in the NFL. Teams led by Manning typically utilized the hurry-up offense in place of the standard huddle.

3. John Madden

Net Worth: $200 million

Years Active:    Allan Hancock College (1960–1963)

Assistant coachSan Diego State (1964–1966) Defensive coordinator

Oakland Raiders (1967–1968) Linebackers coach

Oakland Raiders (1969–1978) Head coach

Fact: Madden has also written several books and has served as a commercial pitchman for various products and retailers. He retired from broadcasting on April 16, 2009 to spend more time with his family.

2. Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 million

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Years Active: Dallas Cowboys (1969–1979)

Fact: Staubach led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. Staubach was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI, becoming the first of four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP, along with Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Desmond Howard. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times during his 11-year NFL career. He is currently executive chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle.

1. Jerry Richardson

Net Worth: $1.1 billion

Team: Baltimore Colts

Years Active: Baltimore Colts (1959–1960)

Fact: Richardson is the principal owner of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League since 1995.


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