Several NFL players among the world’s highest-paid celebrities

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Forbes is out with its annual list of the highest-paid celebrities in the world, and several NFL players made the cut.

The highest-ranked NFL player is Matt Ryan, who checks in at No. 29 with an estimated $67.3 million, according to Forbes. That comes from the contract Ryan signed this year as well as endorsement deals with Nike, Gatorade, Delta Airlines, IBM, Mercedes Benz and Banana Republic.

Matthew Stafford is next at No. 36, making an estimated $59.5 million. No. 67 is Drew Brees, with $42.9 million. No. 70 is Derek Carr, with $42.1 million. No. 72 is Alex Smith, at $41.4 million.

The biggest surprise name on the list will be No. 87 Trumaine Johnson, with $37 million. That’s because Forbes is using all earnings over the past 12 months, which includes both the $20 million signing bonus Johnson got from the Jets this offseason, and the $16.7 million base salary Johnson got from the Rams last season. Over the next 12 months Johnson will have to get by on “only” his base salary of $6 million, so he’ll be nowhere near this list a year from now.

Three other NFL players made the list: No. 90 is Jimmy Garoppolo, at $36.2 million. No. 96 is Ryan Tannehill, at $35.2 million. No. 97 is Von Miller, at $35.1 million.

The highest-paid celebrity in the world over the last year, according to Forbes, was Floyd Mayweather, who made $285 million from his blockbuster fight with Conor McGregor in August of 2017. After Mayweather were George Clooney at $239 million, Kylie Jenner at $166.5 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin at $147 million and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at $124 million.

42 responses to “Several NFL players among the world’s highest-paid celebrities

  1. It would be great to read a follow-up article about how all these overpaid celebrities are using their wealth to strengthen their communities and make the world a better place. I imagine it would be a pretty short read.

  2. Patriot-hater will ignore this as they KNOW Brady is really one of the highest paid QBs – and only isn’t THE highest because Gisele is one of the highest paid celebs! (despite her not being anywhere on Forbes’ list either as she half-retired the modelling to do family a few years ago).

  3. The greatest lie to ever come out of the pit…money will solve all your problems !…And…..
    all these grandiose salaries have to be payed , driving up the cost of attending games, vendor prices, parking, PSL’s,TV packages..etc…This whole NFL gig is very bloated and may go over like the Titanic.With these outrageous prices and a dozen other issues that plague the NFL, I watch a fraction of the games I did just two years ago.This is not the game of 40 plus years ago when you had great defense and players who wanted to play the game instead of today’s primadonnas only interested in large game checks ! As a fan since since 1956, I have had it with today’s game climate !I know of many who feel as I do.

  4. Kylie Jenner at $166.5 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin at $147 million and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at $124 million.
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    Wow really? I know who they all are but I have never watched anything any of them have ever done. If you are a kid or just a tweenysomething OK I get it. Taste has to be developed so you sort of have to sample everything to get some taste.

  5. I was unaware that football players were celebrities. If you ask them, I imagine they would tell you they are professionals.

  6. vetdana says:
    July 18, 2018 at 8:05 am
    The greatest lie to ever come out of the pit…money will solve all your problems !…And…..
    all these grandiose salaries have to be payed , driving up the cost of attending games, vendor prices, parking, PSL’s,TV packages..etc
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    It is so frustrating that till this day people like you don’t understand the relationship between revenue and salary.

    The high revenue comes first and then high salary. You typically get high revenue from high demand. That is why NFL salary cap is tied to revenue. That’s why we never know the actual cap for the upcoming season until all the receipts from the prior season are accounted for.

    Using your logic all the WNBA would have to do to make more money is charge more money for it’s games but that’s nonsense. You can only charge what there is a demand for.

    Mayweather didn’t male $250+ million because a cable company was charging $100 pay per view . He got that money because millions of people were willing to pay that amount. And the company and Mayweather would be suckers if they charged $50 PPV for a $100 product.

    So many people claim to be capitalist or love capitalism but don’t understand it or if they do start gripping when it negatively impacts them.

    There are some things capitalism doesn’t work well with such as healthcare, education, military….but entertainment was made for capitalism.

  7. I appreciate the talent of some of these players. Their talent is validated, by the size of their contracts, and just shows what we, as a society, put our values in.
    It is sad that we don’t put, at least some of that value, into other professions.
    Seems like the only time we value some of our “other” professionals is when we find ourselves in a sticky situation.
    I would be willing to bet we’d pay that cop more, if we were asked as we were being robbed at gun point, or assaulted, what we thought he or she should be paid. Or maybe that doctor if we were asked what he or she should be paid, while we were experiencing a medical emergency.
    I’d even say that applies to professions that do not carry much clout in terms of public perception. How many of us would say: “Hey they need to pay that custodian more.” When they are using a CLEAN public restroom?
    I am by no means advocating a socialist like system, where people get paid equally, no matter what they do. I just think our priorities are a bit a skewed, at times.

  8. Man, those Jenner girls are working it right….what ever it is. It used to be that in order to earn the title “Celebrity” that you actually had to have a talent.
    Please tell me, what talent is it that the Jenner girls possess? One hundred and sixty six million….for what?

  9. Most popular sport in America and the first NFL player is 29 behind 3 soccer players, 2 NBA players, 1 Tennis player, and Dr. F****** Phil. What’s worse is the case of Trumaine Johnson being on this list isn’t unique. It’s signing bonuses only that grt NFL guys so high. If not for that they’d be way down the list so while guys like Messi, Lebron, and Durant stay consistently on this and high up, NFL guys only rise high one year and the rest they’re down near the bottom if on it at all. How is the most lucrative sport on earth not getting it’s top players paid for their success through contracts and endorsements? There’s more to it than helmets covering their faces. I’d argue it’s a culture of most football fans not liking players not on their team so it’s hard for advertisers to use them. When they do use them, they can pay a lot less since there is less competition for the players services.

  10. This isn’t fair. Aaron Rodgers isn’t on the list.
    Aaron’s price just went higher.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    The title of this article contains none of the keywords that usually trigger an eruption from a fan of the Minnesota team, but here we are. Their obsession with everything Green Bay Packers is truly amazing.

  11. What do Kylie Jenner do for living for her to make $166 with a $900 million net worth? I wanna know. I know she mess with rappers and had a baby by Travis Scott while in her teens and now 20

  12. Floyd “Money” Mayweather is the best athlete of the 21st century and no one is even close. Not only has he never lost a fight, but you can count on your hand the number of rounds he’s lost in any given fight. #WOW

  13. smarter than you says:

    July 18, 2018 at 9:31 am

    What does Kylie Jenner *do*?

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    Laugh her ass off at all the “men” downloading her picture off a website she gets fees from for every click as well as all the young girls buying a product she gets paid to endorse because they feel it will make themselves look like she does.

    Don’t blame the Jenners, blame their enablers and those people are the public who follow them on Twitter like sheep and do what they tell them to do. Idiots.

  14. Quarterbacks make more money they and their children will ever spend. Kinda makes me miss communism.

  15. knew8411 says:

    July 18, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I appreciate the talent of some of these players. Their talent is validated, by the size of their contracts, and just shows what we, as a society, put our values in.
    It is sad that we don’t put, at least some of that value, into other professions.
    Seems like the only time we value some of our “other” professionals is when we find ourselves in a sticky situation.
    I would be willing to bet we’d pay that cop more, if we were asked as we were being robbed at gun point, or assaulted, what we thought he or she should be paid. Or maybe that doctor if we were asked what he or she should be paid, while we were experiencing a medical emergency.
    I’d even say that applies to professions that do not carry much clout in terms of public perception. How many of us would say: “Hey they need to pay that custodian more.” When they are using a CLEAN public restroom?
    I am by no means advocating a socialist like system, where people get paid equally, no matter what they do. I just think our priorities are a bit a skewed, at times.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    I hear what you are saying, but, nothing is stopping anyone from going to that doctor/janitor/teacher etc. and handing them a check for $100 and say I appreciate the work you are doing and think you are underpaid. Problem is, we usually don’t do that, but we will use that money to purchase products these rich celebrities get paid to endorse thereby giving them even more money than they already have.

    Has any athlete or celebrity ever said I will endorse your product as long as you keep it affordable to the average person?

  16. Clooney! That money came from his sale of a tequila company, so that was a business venture and a one time sale, not annual salary.

    Still some nice bank though!

  17. To answer the posters above, the Jenners have mastered the art of social media and leverage their exposure for product sales on their own clothing and cosmetic lines. Us mortals are free to mock them to our heart’s delight but they have figured out a way to squeeze money out of their “celebrity” lifestyle.

  18. lambeauandlombardi says:
    July 18, 2018 at 9:34 am
    This isn’t fair. Aaron Rodgers isn’t on the list.
    Aaron’s price just went higher.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    The title of this article contains none of the keywords that usually trigger an eruption from a fan of the Minnesota team, but here we are. Their obsession with everything Green Bay Packers is truly amazing.
    —————————-
    After reading the second comment and laughing about how Patriots fans have to turn every article into something about them and their “it’s us against the world!” attitude, I was thinking the only thing that could top that was the inevitable comment by a viking fan taking a shot at the Packers and/or Aaron Rodgers. They never let us down, do they?

  19. Somewhat interesting article, but a bit scary too. If you all need a laugh listen to Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” even if you don’t like country you will like this & then finish up with “I’m gonna miss her” beyond funny. I never even listened to country till I moved to Knoxville Tn then you have to.

  20. Who sits in-front of a TV for 4 hours, for a game that should only take 60 minutes. Better yet I read a fun fact that says ” the Ball is only in play for a total of 12 1/2 minutes”
    how pathetic!!! The World just witnessed the #REALFUTBOL. Only sport where you can call yourself world champs.

  21. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    July 18, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Floyd “Money” Mayweather is the best athlete of the 21st century and no one is even close. Not only has he never lost a fight, but you can count on your hand the number of rounds he’s lost in any given fight. #WOW

    You mean the guy that throws a few punches then runs around the ring to avoid being hit? Give me a break! The only thing he is good at is running his mouth and flaunting his money. The guy will end up bankrupt ala Mike Tyson.

  22. lambeauandlombardi says:
    July 18, 2018 at 9:34 am
    This isn’t fair. Aaron Rodgers isn’t on the list.
    Aaron’s price just went higher.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    The title of this article contains none of the keywords that usually trigger an eruption from a fan of the Minnesota team, but here we are. Their obsession with everything Green Bay Packers is truly amazing.
    ———————–
    But you know it’s true. We all know it’s true. Aaron is about himself. After reading this story, he is wondering how he can make this list.
    It’s not my fault you can’t see it.

  23. “The World just witnessed the #REALFUTBOL. Only sport where you can call yourself world champs.”

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Nothing against soccer, I like watching it too, BUT show me a team anywhere in the world that could even beat the Cleveland Browns.
    Right now there a millions of American kids are playing and learning soccer, in 10 to 15 years the US will have a world championship in futbol.

  24. Used to hate the Rock because wrestling, but that guy is actually pretty smart and very talented. He deserves every cent and I hope he keeps working so hard. I just hope Ballers gets canceled soon so his talent and time isn’t wasted on that dumb show any more. It’s like they pitched it as, “Entourage, but ‘urban’, and less cerebral.” Also a tremendous waste of Rob Corddry.

  25. If it weren’t for Julio Jones Matt Ryan wouldn’t get that ridiculous salary of his. Most overrated qb I’ve ever seen in my life choked a 28 to 3 lead away after his defense shut Brady down for almost 3 full quarters.

  26. Here is a shout out to the Fans. They work hard for their money and they are far from rich, but they work hard to support their families and their selves. They don’t own bling, hot cars, boats, yachts, three houses, and all the glam the players flout. The fans earn their money the hard way but still find a way to rep. God Bless the fans. The players would not exist without us.

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