If you know about the National Football League (NFL) you must be well familiar with the fact that the 32 teams of NFL are divided equally between National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).NFL holds the position of being the highest professional level of American football in the world.
With so much popularity and fame, the game is watched, followed, praised and appreciated all around the world. It has a huge fan following and therefore the players get a hefty sum of money for playing in the league. Here we have tried to enlist the top ten highest paid NFL players who have managed to earn quite a lot from their gameplay and skills. Let’s take an insight over them one by one.
Below are the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful NFL Players in 2017-2018
10. Drew Brees
With the Total earnings of around $31 million Drew Brees holds the tenth position for being the highest paid NFL player. Born on 15th January 1979, Drew Brees is an American football quarterback who plays for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was one of the most decorated football players since his college days and used to have a prolific college football career at Purdue University. Since that time he made a remarkable position in this sport. In the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft Drew Brees got selected by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick and since then he didn’t get the time to look back. During his entire career till date, he had made two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records.
9. A.J. Green
Adriel Jeremiah or “A. J.” Green was born on 31st July 1988 and has the estimated Total earnings of around $33.3 million. This makes him the ninth richest and highest paid NFL player of the time. He is an American football wide receiver who plays for Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). In the 2011 NFL Draft, he got selected by the Bengals fourth overall before which he used to play for the college football at the University of Georgia. In his entire career as the NFL player, he made many records and grab many championships and trophies for himself. It is expected that the net worth and earning of A. J. green will rise in the coming years.
8. Peyton Manning
Born on 24th march 1976, Peyton Williams Manning has played around 18 seasons in his entire career as an NFL player. He is a former American football quarterback. Indianapolis Colts was the one for whom he played for the very first time. it is reported that his total earnings worth approximately $34.2 million making him stand in the top ten highest paid NHL players of the time. In his senior season, he used to play college football for the University of Tennessee where he leads the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship. Football runs in his family as his father Archie Manning was a former NFL quarterback and his brother Eli Manning was the quarterback of New York Giants.
7. Marcell Dareus
Marcell is American football nose tackle who was born on 13th March 1990. He plays for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) and used to earn around $35.2 million making him the seventh highest paid NFL player in the world. He used to play at the defensive end in the college football at Alabama. In the year 2016, he got suspended four times but it didn’t let the moral of Marcell get down. This is the reason why still he still gets high pay as compared to other NFL players. In 2010 BCS National Championship Game he got named as Defensive MVP by the members. He is the Buffalo Bills’ two-time Pro Bowler.
6. Philip Rivers
With the total earnings of $ 38 million, Philip Michael Rivers holds the sixth position in our list. Born on 8th December 1981, Philips is an American football quarterback who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). The football ground of North Carolina State University was his first area to show his talent as a footballer. He got selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The New York giants drafted him as the fourth overall pick which later traded him to the Chargers for their first overall pick, quarterback Eli Manning. He managed to get ranked 4th as the all-time in consecutive starts by a quarterback in NFL history which is an accomplishment in itself.
5. Russell Wilson
Russell Carrington Wilson was born on 29th November 1988 and has been a consistent player in the NFL. He has the estimated total earnings of around $41.8 million making him the 5th richest and highest paid NFL player of the time. He is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). During 2011 he played college football for the University of Wisconsin and was able to set the single-season FBS record for passing efficiency (191.8). Later he led the team to a Big Ten title and the 2012 Rose Bowl as well which made him one significant figure in the sport. In 2012 NFL Draft Wilson got selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round.
4. Tom Brady
Born on 3rd August 1977, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr has estimated earnings of around $44.1 million which made him one of the richest and highest paid NFL player of the time. He is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). During his entire career, he made many accomplishments like he is the only player along with Charles Haley to win five Super Bowls. He is also the only quarterback to win five and the only player to win them all playing for one team. He played college football at the University of Michigan from where he got drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
3. Joe Flacco
Joseph Vincent Flacco is the third highest paid and successful NFL player of the time with total earnings of around $44.5 million. He is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). Born on 16th January 1985, Joe Flacco has not left any stone unturned to prove his worth. He got selected by the Ravens in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft before which he used to play college football at Delaware after transferring from Pittsburgh. It is expected that in the coming years the net worth of this amazing player will get elevated manifolds.
2. Eli Manning
Elisha Nelson Manning more commonly known as Eli among the fellow players and fans has the total earnings of around $45 million making him fall under the top notch NFL players. Born on 3rd January 1981, Eli Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Before getting selected as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers he used to play college football at the University of Mississippi. Later he got traded to the Giants who in return gave up a package, highlighted by fourth overall selection Philip Rivers. Playing football runs in the family as his father is a former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. His younger brother also falls in the same category who is a former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
1. Cameron Newton
Born on 11th May 1982, Cameron Jerrell Newton with the estimated total earnings of $53.1 million becomes the highest paid and the richest NFL player at present. He is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). Before getting drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft he used to play college football at Auburn. Since then he has shown his talent and worth in the field. He has got the privilege to have Heisman Trophy which is one biggest accomplishment in his entire career till date. He has also won a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a one-year span. With his amazing gameplay and skills, it is expected that his net worth will shoot in the coming years.
These are the top notch players of national football league who are watched, praised and followed by a lot of people all around the world. No wonder if they are the richest because they have worked really hard to reach this place.