You might think that the highest paid football players would be the sport’s most well-known players, and while that seems like a reasonable conclusion to make, the actual list might surprise you. Sure, there are some famous names on this list, but there’s also some big names like Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck that don’t make the list.
Here are the seven highest paid players in football, and some interesting facts on how they spend their money – as you might have guessed, they don’t always spend it wisely!
Drew Brees: $19 Million
Starting off the top 7 list is Drew Brees, and the New Orleans Saints quarterback has the numbers to justify his high salary. He’s won awards at every level he’s played and in 2010 he helped the Saints win the Super Bowl to reach the pinnacle of the sport. He hasn’t been able to repeat this success, but he has been back to the playoffs a couple of times since that Super Bowl success, although at 36, time is starting to run out on his chances of getting back to the big show.
Brees is probably most famous off the field for his work alongside his wife in establishing The Brees Dream Foundation. This worthwhile organization was established to help fight cancer and to help children in need. It kind of restores your faith in humanity just a little bit to know there are some big time athletes that actually give back just a little.