Winning the Super Bowl comes with a lot of glory, not to mention an enormous piece of jewelry. But there is also a nice bonus in the form of cold, hard cash that players earn for competing in the year's ultimate football event.
A check just for showing up
For many of the players, individual wealth comes from endorsements. And of course, each player negotiates his own contract. But the NFL also pays a bonus to those who make it to the Super Bowl.
According to SBNation.com, the 2015 payout for each of the 53 players on the losing Seattle Seahawks team was $49,000, while the players on the winning New England Patriots team each received $97,000.
In addition to the Super Bowl bonus, there are bonuses for conference championship and divisional games. This year, the Seattle Seahawks players received a total paycheck of $117,000 and the New England Patriots each took home $165,000.
All in a day's pay
A six-figure check is nothing to scoff at, but for some players, it's a drop in the bucket. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 37, is worth approximately $31 million, according to Forbes, with $7 million of that coming from endorsements.
And lest you think the Super Bowl game doesn't affect your own finances, there is such a thing as a Super Bowl indicator for stocks. Read about what a Patriots win could do for the market.
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