From 20 million to hundreds of millions, some NFL quarterbacks have bank accounts that are almost as breathtaking as their athletic skills. Read on to see which football stars have the biggest net worth.
47. Lamar Jackson - $4M
Kicking off our list of richest quarterbacks is the NFL's Lamar Jackson. Celebrity Net Worth puts this athlete's net worth at around $4 million. Before joining the pros, Jackson played college football at Louisville.
Lamar was the Baltimore Raven's 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. While he started as a backup, the athlete soon became the starting quarterback after Joe Flacco got injured. With Jackson's $9.5 million rookie deal expiring soon, it's likely the player's next contract will see a rise in his net worth.
46. Baker Mayfield - $12M
Next on our list is Cleveland Browns' star, Baker Mayfield. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the quarterback sits on about $12 million. And if this hefty net worth wasn't indication enough of his athletic abilities, Mayfield's teammates have plenty of good things to say about him.
"He's been the same since I've met him. And that's probably my favorite thing about him is he is the same guy every day," said teammate Case Keenum. "That's refreshing to be around and I think the guys gravitate to that. He's one of the best leaders that I've been around in this league."
45. Kyler Murray - $13M
This 23-year-old athlete is already making big money. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Murray's net worth to be around $13 million. Not bad! Kyler played college football for the Texas A&M Aggies and the Oklahoma Sooners. A multi-talented man, he also played baseball for the Sooners.
Murray was drafted by the Cardinals in 2019 and later named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. If that wasn't impressive enough, the athlete was also drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft. But so far, he's stuck to being a rising star quarterback in football.
44. Josh Allen - $14M
Next on our ranking of wealthiest quarterbacks is Josh Allen, who Celebrity Net Worth calculates has a net worth of $14 million. According to Sports Casting, Allen has a contract with Nike, is an ambassador with the New Era Cap Company, and a spokesperson for a Buffalo auto dealership.
Allen's salary is reportedly $5.3 million per season. But the Buffalo Bills player is making sure to give back some of his fortunes. In 2020, Josh released his own cereal, Josh's Jaqs, which donates its proceeds to the Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
43. Derek Carr - $20M
For Derek Carr, football is a family affair. The 30-year-old athlete is the younger brother of David Carr, a former pro quarterback and current NFL Network analyst. Derek played college football at Fresno State, representing his California hometown, before joining the big league.
After his time in school, Carr was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Today, Derek plays for the Las Vegas Raiders. According to Celebrity Net Worth, this football star's net worth stands at about $20 million.
42. Jim Kelly - $20M
Coming in at number 42 is former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly. He is one of only three Bills players to have had their jersey numbers retired, and according to Celebrity Net Worth, he is worth about $20 million. But all that money never strayed Kelly from supporting his team, even from the sides.
When asked how he felt about current Buffalo Bills players surpassing some of his long-held records, Kelly said, "I love it, because it means success, it means winning. People say, 'Well, what will it be like if Josh breaks your records?' I go, 'That'd be great because it means that we're winning.'"
41. Deshaun Watson - $24M
In January 2020, Watson made headlines after beating the Buffalo Bills and famously telling ESPN, "Somebody had to be great, why not me?" If his net worth is any indication, there's hardly a doubt Deshaun is a star player. Celebrity Net Worth values him at a whopping $24 million.
Who does Watson credit with his success? "My mom raised me to be successful and not be a knucklehead and do the wrong things," he said. "She still talks to me to this day about those things. I'm always going to make sure I'm doing the right things."
40. Terry Bradshaw - $25M
With an estimated net worth of $25 million, as reported by several websites, it's hardly surprising that Terry Bradshaw boasts an impressive athletic record to match. The former quarterback won four Super Bowl titles in six years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But Bradshaw wasn't always the MVP he grew to be. When the pro athlete initially joined the NFL, Terry did not impress fans with his playing. "Being booed, being ripped in the papers, this was all new to me," he said. "I had to learn how to be a professional, I had to learn how to study, I had to learn defenses."
39. Matt Cassel - $30M
This former quarterback never started a game during his time as a college player at USC and only threw 33 passes all four seasons. But the Patriots drafted him anyway and, when Tom Brady got injured in 2008, Matt Cassel played the rest of the season.
After an impressive reign as the New England quarterback, Cassel was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He went on to play with five more NFL teams before his retirement. Since then, Matt has worked as a football analyst on NBC Sports Boston and accumulated a net worth of $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
38. Kurt Warner - $30M
Kurt Warner's NFL journey is arguably one of the greatest underdog stories in the NFL. He went from stocking shelves at a grocery store to leading his team to three Super Bowls. Today, Kurt is a sports analyst with a net worth of $30 million, as listed by Celebrity Net Worth.
Warner is generous with his wealth and is involved in philanthropic endeavors. "From the day that I entered the league, I always knew that football more than anything else was just going to be the catalyst to allow me to impact the lives of other people," he said in a recent interview.
37. Jay Cutler - $30M
Jay Cutler played college football at Vanderbilt University and was then drafted by the Denver Broncos, where he played for three seasons. The bulk of his famous career was spent with the Chicago Bears, where Cutler stayed for 12 seasons before spending his final year with the Miami Dolphins.
The dedicated sportsman once dressed for a Bears game against the Denver Broncos despite the fact that his first son had been born the day before. Perhaps it's this kind of commitment that led to a net worth of around $30 million, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth.
36. Jared Goff - $30M
Jared Goff played college football at the University of California before becoming the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft for the Los Angeles Rams. Two years later, Goff and the Rams went to their first Super Bowl since 2001. Celebrity Net Worth puts this star's net worth at around $30 million.
His key to success? "If you don't innovate and adapt, you're going to be left behind. It's about coaches; how do you get the best out of your players?" Goff explained. "It's not by forcing someone to run what you want to run. It's how you can make A the best A can be."
35. Patrick Mahomes - $30M
At the ripe age of 25, Patrick Mahomes has a net worth of about $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The young athlete played at Texas Tech University and was later drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was named the 2018 NFL Offensive Player of the Year and the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player.
"I believe maximizing every single day," Mahomes said in 2020 after the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. "I take it one day at a time and go out there and try to be the best person and the best athlete, the best player I can be. And I mean, obviously, I've had a good start to my career."
34. Donovan McNabb - $35M
This former NFL player was in the league for 13 seasons and spent most of his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowl Selection and won Big East Offensive Player of the Year three times. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Donovan boasts a net worth of $35 million.
McNabb's secret to success? Minding his own business and encouraging others to do the same. "You can't focus on what people may think," he said. "Everyone has their own opinions, and if they express it to me, I say, 'Thank you for sharing that with me,' because that bothers them more when you don't get upset."
33. Matthew Stafford - $35M
Since joining the NFL in 2009, Matthew Stafford has played with the Detroit Lions and earned a whopping net worth of $35 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. In a February interview after announcing his departure from the Lions, Stafford discussed what it meant to leave the team without a Super Bowl ring on his hand.
"I think success in this league is tough to come by, especially sustaining success," Matthew explained. "We had a few good years in there. Nothing would have made me happier than bringing the Lombardi Trophy home to Detroit. It's not the way it's going to end, but I still have a ton of great memories professionally."
32. Kerry Collins - $39.5M
According to Celebrity Net Worth, this former quarterback sits on a net worth of $39.5 million. During his 17 seasons in the NFL, Collins played for the Panthers, Saints, Giants, Raiders, and the Titans. Kerry retired in 2011 but returned to the field for a short time after a tempting offer from the Indianapolis Colts.
"I was at peace with my retirement, and I was always someone who thought he could walk away from the game because I had worked to separate my job from my life," Collins said. "I didn't let football envelop me. But when it was gone, I realized it was more a part of me than I ever accepted. I still felt the lure."
31. Matt Schaub - $40M
Celebrity Net Worth reports that this former NFL quarterback, who played in the professional league for 17 seasons, has an impressive net worth of $40 million. Similar to a few other athletes on this list, Schaub's talents are not limited to football. Growing up, he played baseball and basketball, too.
After attending the University of Richmond, Matt joined the Atlanta Falcons in 2004 and stayed there until 2006. Schaub went on to play with the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Baltimore Ravens before returning to the Falcons. The star announced his retirement in January 2021.
30. Dak Prescott - $40M
This famous quarterback has been loyal to the renowned Dallas Cowboys, having played with them since getting drafted in 2016. Starting on a high note, Prescott won the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year and the AP NFL Offensive Rooke of the Year. In 2016, he was selected for the Pro Bowl.
Celebrity Net Worth puts Dak's net worth at a whopping $40 million. So, where does all of this moolah come from? Most recently, from a four-year $160 million contract with the Cowboys that came with a whopping $66 million signing bonus and will earn the athlete an average of $42 million annually.
29. Mark Sanchez - $40M
This celebrated athlete played college football at the University of Southern California before getting drafted by the New York Jets in 2009. Sanchez later played with the Philadephia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins before leaving the league in 2019.
After retiring, Sanchez took a position with ESPN's college football coverage. He also appeared on the hit series The Masked Singer as the "Baby Alien" in season four. His NFL successes and a growing career in entertainment have earned the former quarterback a net worth of $40 million, as stated by Celebrity Net Worth.
28. Andrew Luck - $40M
Celebrity Net Worth reports Luck is sitting on a net worth of about $40 million. Years before retiring, the former quarterback discussed his priorities in life. "I've enjoyed playing football - a lot more than I enjoyed studying!" Andrew said after graduating from Stanford.
"But you know, I realize, obviously, that I'm not going to put the sport ahead of my family, or my integrity, or my moral fiber, or my character, or my education," he continued. "So the answer is, football's very important to me. But there are things ahead of it."
27. Carson Wentz - $45M
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has a net worth of about $45 million. When asked how he deals with the "massive amounts of pressure" that comes from being the Eagles' go-to man, Wentz said, "[I'm] just trying to stay grounded on a much bigger picture than football."
"And obviously, this is a job and a lot of people in this city and in this country care a lot. And I, you know, approach it the same way," Wentz continued. "I care, sometimes too much, and sometimes you want to succeed so badly but for me it's just that constant reminder of a much bigger picture, a much bigger purpose."
26. Drew Bledsoe - $48M
While still in the game, this former New England Patriots quarterback made history. Bledsoe was inducted into the Patriots' Hall of Fame back in 2011 in recognition of his accomplishments. "Obviously this is a tremendous honor," he said at the time. "Honestly, [it was] a little more emotional than I thought it would have been."
Drew continued, "Just to be considered in the company of Bill Parecells and Houston Antwine was a great honor in and of itself." Aside from an impressive roster of awards, Bledsoe has a hefty bank account. Celebrity Net Worth states the former NFL member's net worth is about $48 million.
25. Ryan Tannehill - $50M
About nine years into his professional career, Celebrity Net Worth reports the Titans quarterback has a net worth of $50 million. In 2020, Tannehill made Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes due to his $118 million four-year contract with the Tennessee team.
Ryan's key to success is training as if he could get fired at any moment. "That's my mindset, and that hasn't changed," Tannehill said. "I go out there every week and try to prepare in ways like my job is on the line and prepare to play my best football."
24. Dan Marino - $50M
Marino's 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and his post-retirement career have led to an impressive net worth of $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. After Drew Brees broke Dan's record for yards passing in a season, the former quarterback shared his thoughts on what records he would set nowadays.
"So the best part about this is I don't have to prove it. So I'm gonna say like six thousand," he joked. "But it is... probably a lot easier to throw it now and people are throwing it more, too, so that's another factor as far as the yards and the run after catch thing and the bubble screens... We didn't do a lot of that stuff."
23. Troy Aikman - $50M
Celebrity Net Worth reports Aikman has a net worth of about $50 million. Despite a history-making football career, Troy seems to be a humble man. When asked how it felt to be called a "legend," the former Dallas Cowboys star admitted that he wasn't at ease with the term.
"I guess probably in a word, I'd have to say it makes me feel 'uncomfortable,'" Aikman admitted. "I mean, I'm very proud of what I was able to accomplish as a player, but more importantly, what our teams were able to accomplish." The star added he was "honored, but uncomfortable."
22. Alex Smith - $55M
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Alex Smith has a value of $55 million. But the road to being a millionaire was far from easy. After undergoing surgery for a leg injury in 2018, Smith developed an infection that could have cost him his leg. What followed was 16 surgeries and two years of rehab before a comeback in 2020.
Smith's impressive return got him the 2020 Comeback Player of the Year award. "This time, it wasn't about football - it was bigger," he said in his acceptance speech. "It was about me being a father to play with my children, a husband to go on walks with my wife, and despite my new limitations, me getting my life back."
21. Sam Bradford - $70M
For Sam Bradford, football is in his genes, as his father was an offensive lineman for the Sooners. Bradford grew up in Oklahoma City and played football at the University of Oklahoma. After getting drafted in 2010, the new pro was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.
During his time playing pro, Sam became one of the highest-earning players in NFL history. The celebrated quarterback played with the St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Arizona Cardinals. Today, he has a net worth of $70 million, as stated by Celebrity Net Worth.
20. Kirk Cousins - $70M
Jumping past a couple million, this Minnesota Vikings quarterback has a net worth of around $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The Illinois native attended Michigan State before getting drafted by the Washington Redskins and then signing with the Vikings. Kirk's secret to success? Staying in the moment and taking it day-by-day.
"When you become results-driven all the time, it's toxic," Cousins said. "I want to be process-driven. I can't control the results to the level I can control the process. I have to say every day, 'What am I doing [today] to give us a chance... to win the game?"
19. Matt Ryan - $70M
After his first year on the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Today, Celebrity Net Worth puts the quarterback's net worth at a solid $70 million. And that number might just go up since Ryan doesn't seem to have plans of slowing down.
"I really feel like that the rules are set up more favorable than they've ever been for the quarterback position to play longer," the 35-year-old player explained on NBC. "I feel like I'm in a really good spot in terms of my training and my health so I'll play as long as I feel good."
18. Tony Romo - $70M
Tony Romo was the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for numerous seasons before starting a broadcasting career. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tony has an estimated net worth of $70 million. When asked about the "essential elements" responsible for his success in two different fields, Romo wasn't shy to share his insight.
"There's a million things that go into it [success]. I mean, the best attribute that the good Lord gave me some gifts and I tried using them to the best of my ability," Romo said. "And sometimes they work out, sometimes you got to fight like heck to get there and figure it out."
17. Cam Newton - $75M
This NFL quarterback has a whopping net worth of about $75 million, as stated by Celebrity Net Worth. But a hefty bank account couldn't change the string of bad plays Cam Newton experienced in late 2020. Cam was honest about his self-disappointment during a New England Patriots press conference.
"I still am jeopardizing this team's success because of my lackluster performances of protecting the football," Newton said. "So, you know, coach trusts me with the ball in my hands and I wouldn't want it any other way and I just have to do a better job protecting it.
16. Joe Flacco - $75M
Joe was a student-athlete at the University of Delaware before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, then playing for the Broncos and the New York Jets. His career is nicely represented in his $75 million net worth, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth. In a 2012 interview, Flacco admitted he considered himself the best on the field.
"I assume everybody thinks they're a top-five quarterback," Flacco said when asked what he thinks is his rank in the NFL. "I mean, I think I'm the best. I don't think I'm top five, I think I'm the best. I don't think I'd be very successful at my job if I didn't feel that way."
15. Philip Rivers - $80M
This famous quarterback played in the NFL for 17 seasons and spent most of his career with the San Diego Chargers. Rivers announced his retirement in 2021 and detailed plans to become the St. Michael Catholic High School football team's head coach in Alabama.
When asked what he believes to be his greatest accomplishment on the football field, Rivers had a sweet response. "I think it's being out there," Philip said. "With the guys, fighting like crazy to give your team a chance is special." According to Celebrity Net Worth, all that special time has led to a net worth of $80 million.
14. Carson Palmer - $90M
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Palmer has an impressive net worth of $90 million. During his 15 seasons in the NFL, Carson played primarily for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals. Why did the quarterback leave the Bengals? Apparently, he didn't think they had a winning spirit.
"That's why I wanted out: I never felt like the Bengals organization was really trying to win a Super Bowl, and really chasing the Super Bowl," Palmer admitted. "The game today is you can't just hope you draft well and not go after free agents and you just end up in the Super Bowl. You gotta go get it."
13. Fran Tarkenton - $100M
We've officially reached three-digit numbers. Fran Tarkenton gets a spot on this list with a net worth of around $100 million, as stated by Celebrity Net Worth. Not too shabby! The millionaire played for the Minnesota Vikings and then the New York Giants. He eventually returned to the Vikings.
According to Tarkenton, his biggest lessons came from failing. "If we lost, I didn't go out. I stayed in my house, pulled out our old film projector and looked at all the mistakes we made," Fran shared. "I learned from failure. I have never learned from winning."
12. Ben Roethlisberger - $100M
Also part of the three-digit club is this iconic Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Roethlisberger has a net worth of $100 million. The two-time Super Bowl champion gave some sage advice for those going through a hard time, as he once did in football.
"There will always be hard times. Use adversity to fuel your fire," Roethlisberger said. "In high school, I wanted to play quarterback but couldn't until I was a senior. I played wide receiver instead, and this ultimately helped me because i learned more about the game."
11. Joe Montana - $100M
Montana became a household name after leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl wins in 1982, 1985, 1989, and 1990. He was also named the championship's Most Valuable Player an astounding three times. This might make his net worth of $100 million, reported by Celebrity Net Worth, less surprising.
The renowned quarterback recently shared some words of wisdom for nostalgic fans or critics. "I think sometimes if you overemphasize the past, you forget about what is going on right now," Joe said. "Everyone thinks about the past players, but we had our time in the limelight."
10. Brett Favre - $100M
Favre had a long NFL career before retiring in 2010. The former quarterback spent most of his time with the Green Bay Packers, but also played on the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth to be $100 million. What's Brett's suggestion for becoming an accomplished athlete?
"I think every player should think that he's a difference maker," Favre said. "I think you have to believe that. I think in that [offense] situation understanding what is expected of you, knowing your team, knowing that as long as we can run the ball and complete passes when needed we should be pretty good."
9. Aaron Rodgers - $120M
The Green Bay Packers selected Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 draft, and he has remained there since. According to several sites, the player boasts a net worth of $120 million. In a 2020 interview on The Pat McAfee Show, Aaron explained in detail what success means to him.
"Success isn't winning all the time because that is damn near impossible," he said. "Success is knowing that you've done everything in your power from a preparation standpoint, from a focus standpoint, from a performance standpoint to achieve a win or success."
8. Russell Wilson - $135M
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback once said he has "an obsession with winning," and if his net worth is any indication, the athlete's dedication has proved fruitful. Wilson sits on a massive net worth of about $135 million, as listed on Celebrity Net Worth.
"Winning is a habit. But losing is, too. And so the habits that you form is what you gonna be, what you gonna become," Russell shared in an interview. "I used to write to-do lists about my dreams... And I can promise you to this day everything that I've written down has happened... You just gotta make it happen."
7. John Elway - $145M
This dedicated quarterback spent his entire 16-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos. During John's time on the team, the Broncos played in five Super Bowls and won two of them. Elway landed a spot on this list's top 10 with his net worth of $145 million, as stated by Celebrity Net Worth.
After retiring from the NFL, John stayed a part of the Broncos family. The former athlete has served as both the team's general manager and president of football operations. When asked if he could ever see himself leaving the city of Denver after so many years, Elway said, "I never say never."
6. Eli Manning - $150M
Eli played with the New York Giants for 16 seasons and has two Super Bowl wins under his belt, plus two Super Bowl MVP titles. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the former quarterback is valued at $150 million. Manning announced his retirement from the NFL in early 2020.
"There won't be any more tunnel moments for me and I'll truly miss them," he said in a sentimental retirement speech. "I miss standing in the shadows, staring out into the field before a game, surrounded by my teammates and knowing all of the hard work we put in. I'll miss hearing the first roar of the crow."
5. Drew Brees - $160M
Drew makes it into this list's top five with an astounding $160 million net worth, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth. According to the star quarterback, his ability to "compartmentalize" is equally important as his athletic abilities when it comes to success.
"I've always been somebody who puts a lot on my plate," Brees told Men's Journal. "And the fact is you have to be able to manage your time extremely well and compartmentalize at times. You have to find a way to bear down and focus on that one task at one time. It just has to get done."
4. Steve Young - $200M
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young is number four on this list with a $200 million net worth, as reported by several sites. When Young joined the 49ers, there was a lot of comparison between he and Joe Montana. But the quarterback explained how he took this pressure and turned it "into a positive."
"One of my great accomplishments in my own personal life was being able to flip it on its head and turn it into something - a wonderful challenge that propelled me forward rather than held me back," he said. "Turning that and making that a kind of jet fuel rather than an anchor, changed everything."
3. Tom Brady - $200M
Tom Brady famously played with the New England Patriots for 20 years before signing a two-year, $50-million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Celebrity Net Worth estimates this legendary quarterback has a net worth of $200 million. With his wife's net worth valued at $400 million, that is one strong power couple.
But Brady says success didn't always come easily. "In my young career I doubted myself a lot," he shared. "When I saw things that weren't going my way, I thought I was the victim of circumstance. But when I... shifted my view and my mind to say, 'I am not a victim, why don't I empower myself,' I could grow in ways I was struggling."
2. Peyton Manning - $250M
Manning's football career began at the University of Tennessee. The legendary player then joined the professional league, spending 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the retired quarterback has a net worth of $250 million.
But for Peyton, football is a matter of the heart, not money. "I always loved the game and my dad loved to play," Manning shared in an interview at the beginning of his career. "He just taught me to play the game for the love of the game, that's really what I do."
1. Roger Staubach - $600M
Staubach tops this list, and the former Dallas Cowboy quarterback's spot seems secured by a significant amount. Several websites report the iconic athlete has an astounding net worth of $600 million. This is a huge shift from the start of Roger's career.
"The Cowboys offered me a $10,000 signing bonus," Staubach recalled. "I gave my parents $2,000, Marianne's [his wife's] parents $2,000, and we kept the rest. With my $500 a month stipend from the Navy, it was more money than I ever could have hoped for." Oh, how the times have changed!