The 15 Wealthiest NFL QBs of All Time

Being a quarterback in the NFL is one of the most high-profile jobs in sports. The greatest players at the position go down in history. Playing quarterback in the NFL isn’t just high-profile, it’s also lucrative. These quarterbacks worked hard and got paid a lot of money to become the wealthiest NFL QBs of all time.

The player at No. 5 has a lot of money despite some terrible investments, while the No. 1 player on our countdown is far and away the richest NFL QB of all time.

15. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is the man with a big bank account. | Rob Carr/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $30 million

Off the field, his family life is a mess and his love life is complicated, but at least Aaron Rodgers earns a nice paycheck on the field. His $30 million net worth is a very low estimate. He’s made $136 million in his career, according to Spotrac, and that number will exceed $178 million by when his current contract expires after the 2019 season.

Next: He’s famous for what he didn’t do.

14. Drew Bledsoe

NFL QB Drew Bledsoe at Super Bowl 36.

Drew Bledsoe at Super Bowl 36. | Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $48 million

Even though he’s most famous for getting injured and not leading the New England Patriots to a win in Super Bowl 36, Drew Bledsoe enjoyed a long career. The No. 1 pick in 1993 played until 2006. His years in the NFL and his ownership stake in Doubleback Winery give him a $48 million net worth.

Next: A player who doesn’t care about his terrible contract.

13. Joe Flacco

Rich NFL quarterback Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco makes a ton of money from his bad contract. | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $55 million

Joe Flacco has one of the worst NFL contracts out there (at least from the team’s perspective), but we’re guessing he doesn’t care at all. The massive deal he signed after leading the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl 47 title makes him one of the highest-paid players in the game and one of the wealthiest NFL QBs ever.

Next: Lots of money and accolades, but no titles.

11. Carson Palmer (TIE)

Carson Palmer, one of the wealthiest NFL QBs of all time

Carson Palmer has plenty of money in the bank for a nice retirement. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $60 million

Carson Palmer won college football’s Heisman Trophy, was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in 2003, was an MVP candidate in 2015, and has a $60 million fortune. The only honors he doesn’t have are big wins. He’s one of the best quarterbacks without a Super Bowl win, and he came up short of winning an NCAA title at USC, too.

Next: Let’s jump in the time machine.

11. Fran Tarkenton (TIE)

Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton. | Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $60 million

Fran Tarkenton’s name might not ring a bell to some 21st-century football fans, but he was an elite quarterback in his time. He passed for 47,000 yards in his career and guided the Minnesota Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances in the 1970s. He started a software company after he retired, and that business success helps give him a $60 million net worth.

Next: Two big contracts plus endorsements make him one of the wealthiest NFL QBs.

10. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Two big contract extensions give Ben Roethlisberger $70 million in the bank. | Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $70 million

Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL career started in 2004, and he guided the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl titles in 2005 and 2008. Since joining the league, he’s signed two big contract extensions, which, when combined with endorsement deals, give him a net worth of $70 million.

Next: A prolific passer with plenty of money in the bank.

8. Drew Brees (TIE)

Drew Brees

Drew Brees is pumped to have so much money in the bank. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $80 million

When Drew Brees decides to retire, he’ll probably be No. 1 on the career passing yards list. And when he hangs up his cleats for good, he’ll do so as one of the wealthiest NFL QBs ever with his $80 million net worth thanks to his contracts and many endorsement deals.

Next: He never lost a Super Bowl.

8. Joe Montana (TIE)

NFL QB Joe Montana Hall of Fame

Joe Montana has millions in the bank. | David Maxwell/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $80 million

The San Francisco 49ers appeared in four Super Bowls in the 1980s with Joe Montana as the quarterback, and they won them all. Montana retired in 1994, but his investments and $50,000 speaking engagements make him one of the wealthiest NFL QBs ever with $80 million in the bank.

Next: A lengthy career built his net worth.

6. Brett Favre (TIE)

NFL quarterback Brett Favre wealthiest NFL QBs

Brett Favre made a ton of money during a 20-year NFL career. | Todd Warshaw /Allsport

Estimated net worth: $100 million

Twenty years worth of big-time contracts makes Brett Favre among the wealthiest NFL QBs we’ve ever seen. He played from 1991 to 2010 and was the face of the league for a long time, so he left the game with about $100 million through his contracts and endorsements. Favre also made about $225,000 in severance pay when he retired, according to Forbes, which barely impacts his net worth but is interesting to note.

Next: He’s still active and could add to his total.

6. Eli Manning (TIE)

Eli Manning NFL quarterback

Eli Manning looked at his net worth, and it’s good. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $100 million

Eli Manning’s future with the New York Giants is uncertain, and he’s nearing retirement age, but he could sign another contract and add to the net worth that makes him one of the wealthiest NFL QBs out there. Whether or not he retires or keeps playing, he’ll have that $100 million plus some endorsement money to fall back on.

Next: He’s rich despite some terrible investment decisions.

5. John Elway

John Elway Denver Broncos

John Elway won titles in Denver as a player and a general manager. | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $145 million

Sinking money into a Ponzi scheme and turning down a chance to buy a stake in the Denver Broncos are two terrible investment decisions that haunt John Elway. That said, he’s probably not losing much sleep over it. He’s signed on as the Broncos’ general manager through 2021, and he owns successful restaurants and car dealerships to be one of the wealthiest QBs who ever played the game.

Next: A proven winner makes our list.

4. Tom Brady

Even Tom Brady is amazed he’s one of the wealthiest NFL QBs of all time. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $180 million

We’re not going to spend time guessing when Tom Brady will finally retire or what will happen to the Patriots when he does. Instead, let’s focus on the fact Brady is the winningest quarterback ever and one of the wealthiest NFL QBs in history.

Next: His new team pays him a lot more than his old one.

2. Steve Young (TIE)

Steve Young charts his net worth during his NFL playing days. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $200 million

Steve Young earned a nice payday as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, and before that he made a fortune playing in the USFL. In fact, Young still gets a paycheck from his backloaded USFL contract, but a lot of his $200 million fortune comes from being a founding partner in private equity firm HGGC. He earns more from the team at HGGC than he ever did under center.

Next: An 18-year career makes him one of the wealthiest NFL QBs ever.

2. Peyton Manning (TIE)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 20: Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning watches action prior to a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Career earnings, endorsements money make Peyton Manning one of the wealthiest NFL QBs. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $200 million

A storied 18-year NFL career with numerous contracts and signing bonuses make Peyton Manning rich. Endorsements with Buick, Papa John’s, DirecTV, Gatorade, and more make him one of the wealthiest NFL QBs we’re ever going to see.

Next: A surprise No. 1 who is far and away the richest QB ever.

1. Roger Staubach

Former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach

Former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach is a multi-millionaire. | Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Estimated net worth: $600 million

The NFL wasn’t doling out million-dollar salaries in the late 1960s and early 70s when Roger Staubach was playing, so he worked in the offseason selling real estates. The two-time Super Bowl winner eventually started his own real estate company, which he sold for $640 million in 2008, according to Forbes, which is how he became the wealthiest quarterback in NFL history.

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