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The 10 NFL Players Who Make the Most Money From Endorsements

·3 min read
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It pays to be an NFL quarterback.

Signal callers dominate the list of NFL players who appear on Forbes' roster of the 50 highest-paid athletes in 2022. Eight quarterbacks in all appear on the list, and while the QB generally is the face of his franchise, corporate America will pay handsomely, too, to have stars at other positions endorse their products.

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The top-earning NFL star on the list shouldn't be a surprise. He achieved NFL legend status long ago. What is a surprise is the distance in earnings between him and the No. 2 player in terms of earnings. Read on to see the list.

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Keith Srakocic/AP/Shutterstock

10. T.J. Watt

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Position: OLB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 50

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $1 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $37.6 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $36.6 million

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Reed Hoffmann/AP/Shutterstock

7. (tie) Stefon Diggs

  • Team: Buffalo Bills

  • Position: WR

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 45

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $2.5 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $38.7 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $36.2 million

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Bill Feig/AP

7. (tie) Kirk Cousins

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 25

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $2.5 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $48.5 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $46 million

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David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock

7. (tie) Matthew Stafford

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 13

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $2.5 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $72.3 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $69.8 million

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Jeffrey T Barnes/AP/Shutterstock

6. Josh Allen

  • Team: Buffalo Bills

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 16

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $4 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $67 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $63 million

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Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

5. Aaron Rodgers

  • Team: Green Bay Packers

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 14

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $11 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $68 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $57 million

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Ashley Landis/AP/Shutterstock

4. Dak Prescot

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 41

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $12 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $39.4 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $27.4 million

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Stephen Brashear/AP/Shutterstock

3. Russell Wilson

  • Team: Denver Broncos

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 46

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $14 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $38 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $24 million

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KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/Shutterstock

2. Patrick Mahomes

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 24

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $20 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $49.1 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $29.1 million

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Danny Karnik/AP/Shutterstock

1. Tom Brady

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: QB

  • Overall Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete Rank: 9

  • Endorsement Money, Past 12 Months: $52 million

  • Total Earnings, Past 12 Months: $83.9 million

  • Total Salary/Winnings, Past 12 Months: $31.9 million

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George Malone contributed to the reporting for this article.

Methodology: In order to discover the 10 NFL players who make the most money from endorsements, GOBankingRates looked at Forbes' "Highest Paid Athletes of 2022" data and isolated all NFL players included. With these 14 NFL players isolated, GOBankingRates found the following data or each: (1) past 12 months money earned from endorsements; (2) total overall money earned in the past 12 months; and (3) past 12 months 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 August 25, 2022.

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