As Super Bowl LII approached, over 100 million viewers prepped their hot wings, nachos, and chili as they saddled up for the game of the year. At the same time, marketing teams across the nation created what they consider to be winning advertisements for all of America to watch, judge, and ideally talk about for days afterward.
But for the first time in years, an incredibly played game outshined the blockbuster ads. So what about the elite players who put in blood, sweat, and tears to make it happen? On February 4, the New England Patriots played in their tenth Super Bowl. For the Philadelphia Eagles, Super Bowl LII was the team’s third go at a championship game — and the second time facing the Patriots for the title. Finally, they prevailed, soundly beating the favored Patriots 41-33.
And while there were big winners and losers on Super Bowl Sunday, Tom Brady and his teammates still received a nice little bonus check. In fact, you may be surprised to learn about these Super Bowl payouts, along with one guy who walked away with nothing. Without further ado, here’s how much Tom Brady and other key players were paid for their Super Bowl appearances.
1. Tom Brady, $135,000
Tom Brady’s $20.5 million annual salary outshines many other Patriot players. However, the good news is every single player on the Patriots earned the same amount for making the Super Bowl. The $135,000 includes $28,000 for winning the divisional playoffs, $51,000 for winning the conference championships, and $56,000 just for taking part in the big game.
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2. Jimmy Garoppolo, $107,000
Even though Jimmy Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers mid-season, he will still reap the benefits of a Patriots’ Super Bowl appearance. Here’s how it works: In Article 37 of the CBA, former players who participated in at least eight games of the season are slated to receive payment for making the Super Bowl.
3. Nick Foles, $191,000
Despite being underdogs, the Eagles’ big win gives each of their players a nice little windfall. Players walked away with $28,000 for the division win, $51,000 for the conference championship win, and another $112,000 for taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Not a bad run.
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4. Carson Wentz, $191,000
Even though Carson Wentz sat on the sidelines for the playoffs and Super Bowl, he still earned a playoff check. Wentz’s torn ACL doesn’t prevent him from enjoying the benefits and accolades of a solid season and playoff wins.
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5. Bill Belichick, $500,000?
While the bonus Belichick is slated to receive isn’t public knowledge, the Patriots head coach can certainly expect more than a pat on the back for taking his team to another championship game. Previous Super Bowl head coaches have seen bonuses well into the six-figure range.
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6. Justin Timberlake, $0
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s half-time show announcement was pure gold. But the performance, Timberlake’s third Super Bowl half-time show, felt a little flat. The surprise is that Timberlake received zero dollars for his singing, dancing, piano-playing performance. So even though the exposure is likely worth millions, the pop legend won’t be taking a check to the bank.
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7. Doug Pederson
Since coming on board as the Eagles head coach in 2016, it’s safe to say Doug Pederson has done a great job. But how much of a bonus did Pederson receive? The Eagles haven’t released anything yet, but it’s safe to say that it’s probably more than what Bill Belichick is getting.
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8. Endorsement deals
The endorsement deals will start rolling in for the Super Bowl winners. For example, Peyton Manning has made $12 million from endorsements and off-field earnings since the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2016. Major businesses like Nike, Proctor and Gamble, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola will be chomping at the bit to extend endorsement opportunities to winning players. So who’s going to be the next great NFL pitchman, Nick Foles? Brandon Graham? Derek Barnett? Only time will tell.