Joe Montana doesn’t have as many Super Bowl rings. When you compare him to Peyton Manning head-to-head, Manning was a different player. You can try (and fail) to make the case that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is better, too.
Try as you might, no one measures up to former New England Patriots quarterback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. At 44 years old, Brady is ready to roll through the playoffs with the Bucs again in his 22nd NFL season. So, how much money has the greatest QB of all time actually stacked up?
When (if) Brady retires, the GOAT signal caller will hold career passing records in passing completions, attempts, passing yards, touchdowns and will own a top-five passer rating in league history.
The goofy looking, sixth-round draft pick from the University of Michigan Wolverines grew up in San Mateo, California, starred at Junipero Serra High School and attended San Francisco 49ers games as a kid. He then became the NFL’s “Golden Child,” and over nearly two decades, he thrived wearing the red, white and blue.
At the end of the 2020-21 regular season, Brady owns a 230-69 career record as a starting quarterback, including his 18th season winning at least 10 games as a starter, which is easily the most ever.
The 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft built a fortune just like his NFL career: methodically. He did it “The Patriot Way,” and still has enough money to make you sit up in your chair. Here’s how it all came together for one of the greatest NFL players ever:
NFL Salary & Contracts
According to Spotrac, Brady has stacked up a whopping $291 million through the first 22 seasons of his NFL career in salary, incentives and various bonuses on his contracts.
After leaving the Patriots, Brady signed a two-year deal worth $50 million with the Buccaneers last year. Entering his second season in Tampa Bay, the team is paying him $1.075 million in salary, $1.47 million in roster bonus and an $8 million signing bonus. The American football quarterback inked a one-year extension through the 2022 season with the Bucs this past offseason.
Back in 2000, Brady earned $231,000, which included a $38,500 signing bonus. I don’t know about you, but even though that’s crumbs compared to the NFL’s highest-paid players like Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes or Buffalo’s Josh Allen, I’d gladly take that for two decades. Brady’s success, and allure as a New England and NFL legend, slowly built, and so has his salary.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion’s rookie contract was a paltry three-year, $866,500 deal. In August 2001 during the offseason, the Patriots gave him a four-year contract extension worth almost $30 million, per ESPN. The rest of his winnings and contracts are history.
Brady bought into owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick’s “Patriot Way,” getting involved in various contract renegotiations and pay cuts throughout his career so the team had more salary cap space free for other players. That resulted in six Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVP awards, and a whole lot more money in TB12’s pockets.
At 41, he became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl when he knocked off the Los Angeles Rams. He broke his record at 43 in Super Bowl LV.
In 2012, People named Brady to the magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ list as a representative for the entire state of Michigan. With a reputation like that, there have been a ton of opportunities for endorsements, and Brady has capitalized in a big way off the football field.
Beats by Dr. Dre, Ugg Boots, Under Armour, Tag Heuer, Movado, Aston Martin and Glaceau Smartwater have all featured Brady as part of various campaigns, and Forbes estimated in 2021 that Brady makes around $31 million in endorsement deals. He’s also built on his TB12 lifestyle brand.
Plus, the 14-time Pro Bowl QB’s now famous TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Peak Performance, which is available for sale as a home trainer, figures to add onto his already massive amount of off-the-field earnings.
Gisele Bündchen’s Net Worth
With every King comes his Queen, and there might not be a better one than Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bündchen, who loves to show off on social media.
The highest-paid model in the world in 2014 is a mother of son Benjamin and daughter Vivian Lake, and has ranked on Forbes list as one of the most powerful women in the world. The Brazilian supermodel happens to sport an estimated net worth around $400 million.
Endorsements from Chanel, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior and Victoria’s Secret certainly helps the bottom line, huh?
Including stints as a model, acting in Taxi (2004) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Gisele has built a reputation all across the world not only for her working career, but her charitable work, too. She’s worked with Save the Children, Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.
Brady previously dated actress Bridget Moynahan before getting together with Gisele. They share a son named Jack.
What is Tom Brady’s Net Worth?
All told, Tom Brady’s net worth is an estimated $250 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Tom has said that he plans on playing until he is 45, which sadly for the rest of the NFL would be another few seasons. If that’s the case, he could earn well over $300 million in contracts over his career.
Together, Tom and Gisele are worth $650 million. They previously owned a $4.5 million, custom-built home outside of Boston in Brookline, Massachusetts, before selling it and renting New York Yankees legend and Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter’s mansion for a brief period in Tampa, Florida. They continue to be one of the most influential power couples in the world.
Add to all of these Benjamins the fact that the 44-year-old superstar is only getting better with age as a football player. At this point, he’s a surefire Hall of Fame candidate even if you consider any cheating scandal in his past.
The sporting world might as well dust off Michael Jordan’s “Greatest Athlete of All Time” hat because one Thomas Brady is primed to add a few more Super Bowl rings to his hands as well as some more cushion for his bank account.
This article was originally published November 13, 2018 but has been updated since.