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Super Bowl players’ big payday

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Posted: 3 pm ET

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.


© Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis.

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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me, myself, and I
February 09, 2015 at 7:57 pm

I love the statement at the end telling us how we can save money with Bankrate by signing up for their newsletter. How many of these athletes even use Bankrate? Better yet how many need to? Obviously we are the 99%.

February 09, 2015 at 4:11 pm

I think we should understand the athletes are not payed these megabucks to play football, or baseball. They are being payed to entertain. As such, are they any less entitled than a movie star for acting a role to entertain? Just a thought.

Ian McAleer
February 09, 2015 at 1:36 pm

The talking heads call these overpaid athletes WARRIORS. While the real warriors that sacrifice so much more are paid .005% of the footballers salary.

Jeff Kline
February 09, 2015 at 11:50 am

I do not believe any person should be paid that kind of money for playing a football game. We have children going to bed hungry in this country. We have families struggling to survive. I see this everyday and really bothers me.