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 43 years old, Brady continues to impress in his 21th NFL season with the Bucs and after yet another playoff run is back to the Super Bowl. So, how much money has the greatest QB of all time actually stacked up?
When (if) Brady retires, he’ll likely hold career passing records (we’ll see if Drew Brees actually retires) 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 Juniperro 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 $263 million through the first 21 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. The team is paying him $15 million in salary, $10 million in roster bonus and earned another $2.875 million in incentives, as of writing before the outcome of Super Bowl LV against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in a season plagued by the coronavirus pandemic.
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 Atlanta’s Matt Ryan or Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, 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.
His 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 can break his own 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 2020 that Brady makes around $12 million in endorsement deals. He’s also built on his TB12 lifestyle brand.
Plus, Brady’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, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who loves to show off on social media.
The highest-paid model in the world in 2014 is a mother of two, has ranked on Forbes list as one of the most powerful women in the world, and she 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.
What is Tom Brady’s Net Worth?
All told, Tom Brady’s net worth is an estimated $200 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, could earn well over $300 million in contracts over his career.
Together, Tom and Gisele are worth $600 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 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 43-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 Tom 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.