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Top Seven Athletes Endorsement Earnings in the NFL

Garry Looks at the Top Seven Athletes Endorsement Earnings in NFL

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NFL is the No. 1 sports in the United States. The Super Bowl 2014 alone captured more than 100 million television viewers. In 2013, NFL revenue accounted for a whopping $6 billion. No wonder players have decent salaries and endorsement deals. Most of the NFL players with big salaries are quarterbacks. Also, in the top endorsement deals, quarterbacks lead the way. Let's take a look at the top athletes with high endorsement earnings.

1. Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos - $12 million

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Top Seven Athletes Endorsement Earnings in the NFL


Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, Manning's marketability soars as the result of his effort. Regardless of losing the previous Super Bowl, Manning earns $12 million off the playing field. Manning endorses companies like Gatorade, DirectTV, Buick and Papa John's. He had a deal with Papa John's pizza to own 25 stores in Denver. He also endorses Nationwide. He does not have any more connection with Reebok.

2. Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints - $11 million

The quarterback in New Orleans is one of the most marketable players in the NFL. Certainly, the spread offense in New Orleans provided more opportunities for Brees to add yards to his total passing yards, in which he is currently 5th all time, behind John Elway. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Wrangler, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo and Advocare. He signed also a deal with Microsoft this year to come out for the football season.

3. Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers - $7.5 million

Winning the Super Bowl XLV, Rodgers catapulted his career into stardom. He became an icon in Green Bay and he provided hope to the fans. A five year, $110 million contract made him the highest paid NFL player in terms of annual salary. He endorses Nike and State Farm.

3. Eli Manning - New York Giants - $7.5 million

Winning two Super Bowl title means endorsements for the younger Manning. He endorses Samsung Electronics, Toyota Motor, Gatorade, Citizen watches and Dunkin' Donuts. Like his brother Peyton, Eli parted with Reebook this year.

5. Tom Brady - New England Patriots - $7 million

Brady has been marketable since winning his first Super Bowl. He has the charisma to promote products and services. He is one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, another Super Bowl win might get him as the (Greatest of all time) GOAT. He has endorsement deals with Movado watches, Glaceau Smartwater and Ugg boots.

6. Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons - $1.8 million

As one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL, Ryan commands $33 million salary just for this year. In his endorsement deals, he has capped $1.8 million.

7. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions - $1.5 million
Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals -$1.5 million

Stafford continues to shine in Detroit. He might get more endorsements if he can bring his team deeper into the playoffs. He endorses Nike, PepsiCo, Upper Deck and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Meanwhile, a wide receiver Fitzgerald is listed as one of the top 7 in our list. It’s rare to see a wide receiver gets such endorsements. His endorsement portfolio includes Lenovo, Nike, EAS, Nokia, University of Phoenix and Powercube.

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