Who Is the Richest Football Player in America?

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Among former American football players, the richest are Jerry Richardson and Roger Staubach, as of 2015. Among active NFL players, the richest are Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Jerry Richardson was a little-known receiver for the Baltimore Colts in 1959 and 1960. He reached a $1.1 billion net worth by participating in the fast food company Hardee's and later acquiring the Carolina Panthers. Roger Staubach was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s. He reached a $600 million net worth by working as a real estate broker while in the NFL and developing his own real estate company after his football career.

As of 2015, Peyton Manning is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. His large NFL contract combined with endorsement contracts with Papa John's and DirecTV have contributed to his $165 million net worth. Tom Brady is the quarterback for the New England Patriots. In addition to his sizable NFL salary, Brady endorses several products and has reached a $120 million net worth.