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The 15 NFL Players Who Make the Most Money From Endorsements

George Malone
·5 min read
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Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

It pays to be an NFL quarterback. And companies that quarterbacks sell, too.

Signal callers dominate the list of 15 NFL players who made the most money from endorsements in 2020, GOBankingRates has found. Eleven of the 15 are quarterbacks, with two running backs and two receivers rounding out the list. It doesn’t pay to play defense, apparently.

Did You Know: Here’s How Rich Every NFL Team Is

The average in endorsements for 2020 is impressive, at $4.7 million per year. However, that’s only a small part of the average total of earnings of $34.95 million for these players. It’s important to note that the endorsement and salary information for this list came from Forbes’ 2020 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, which used earnings information from June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020.

The top three players on the list are no surprise, as they’re among the biggest names in sports. However, the distance between the top three and the rest of the list is unexpected. Read on to see the list.

Last updated: Jan. 8, 2021

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Andy Lyons / Getty Images

15. Ben Roethlisberger

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 91

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $1 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $23 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $22 million

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©Bruce Kluckhohn/AP/Shutterstock

14. Amari Cooper

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

  • Position: WR

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 75

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $1 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $24.9 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $23.9 million

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©iStock.com / iStock.com

13. Derek Carr

  • Team: Las Vegas Raiders

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 99

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $2 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $22 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $20 million

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©AP/REX/Shutterstock

12. Ezekiel Elliott

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

  • Position: RB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 89

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $2 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $23.3 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $21.3 million

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Duane Burleson/AP/REX / Shutterstock.com

11. Jared Goff

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 15

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $2 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $49 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $47 million

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Bill Feig/AP / Shutterstock.com

10. Kirk Cousins

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 9

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $2.5 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $60.5 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $58 million

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David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock / David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock

9. Marcus Mariota

  • Team: Las Vegas Raiders

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 83

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $3 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $23.9 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $20.9 million

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Action Sports Photography / Shutterstock.com

8. Christian McCaffrey

  • Team: Carolina Panthers

  • Position: RB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 63

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $3 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $26.5 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $23.5 million

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Jeff Haynes/AP/REX / Shutterstock.com

7. Julio Jones

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons

  • Position: WR

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 26

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $3 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $40.5 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $37.5 million

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Tom Pennington / Getty Images

6. Carson Wentz

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 10

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $4 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $59.1 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $55.1 million

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Matt Patterson/AP/Shutterstock / Matt Patterson/AP/Shutterstock

5. Cam Newton

  • Team: New England Patriots

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 97

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $5.5 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $22.2 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $16.7 million

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Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

4. Matt Ryan

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 47

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $5.5 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $29.5 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $24 million

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Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

3. Aaron Rodgers

  • Team: Green Bay Packers

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 45

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $9 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $30.1 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $21.1 million

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Danny Karnik/AP/Shutterstock / Danny Karnik/AP/Shutterstock

2. Tom Brady

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 21

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $12 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $45 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $33 million

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Chris Graythen / Getty Images

1. Drew Brees

  • Team Played For: New Orleans Saints

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 22

  • 2020 Endorsement Money: $15 million

  • Total 2020 Earnings: $44.8 million

  • 2020 Salary/Winnings: $29.8 million

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Methodology: In order to discover the 15 NFL players who make the most money from endorsements, GOBankingRates looked at Forbes’ “Highest Paid Athletes of 2020” data and isolated all NFL players included. With these 31 NFL players isolated, GOBankingRates found the following data or each: (1) 2020 money earned from endorsements; (2) total overall money earned in 2020; and (3) 2020 money earned from salary/winnings. All players with above $1 million earned in endorsements were included in the final list. GOBankingRates also used Pro-Football Reference to find supplemental data on each player such as (4) team played for and (5) position. All data was collected on and up to date as of Dec. 15, 2020.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The 15 NFL Players Who Make the Most Money From Endorsements