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 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. At 41 years old, Brady continues to impress in his 19th NFL season with the Patriots and is in position for another deep playoff run. So, how much money has the greatest QB of all time actually stacked up?
When Brady retires, he’ll likely either hold career passing records, or be second place to Drew Brees, in passing completions, attempts, passing yards, touchdowns and will be own a top-five passer rating in league history.
From his time as the goofy looking, sixth-round draft pick from the Michigan Wolverines, the San Mateo, California native became the NFL’s “Golden Child,” and over nearly two decades, he has thrived wearing the red, white and blue.
Halfway through the 2018 season, Brady owns a 203-58 career record as a starting quarterback, including approaching his 16th 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:
According to Spotrac, Brady has stacked up a whopping $197 million through the first 18 seasons of his NFL career in salary, incentives and various bonuses on his contracts. In 2018, Brady’s $4 million base salary is inflated with a $1 million roster bonus, $10 million signing bonus, and another $5 million in incentives to earn that were tacked on prior to the start of the NFL season.
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 at the NFL level, I’d gladly take that for 19 years. Brady’s success, and allure as a New England legend, slowly built, and so has his salary.
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 money free for other players. That’s resulted in five Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL Most Valuable Player awards, and a whole lot more money in TB12’s pockets.
Another contract extension Brady signed last year keeps him around through the 2019 season, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down.
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 Dre, Ugg, Under Armour, Tag Heuer, Movado, Aston Martin and Glaceau Smartwater have all featured Brady as part of various campaigns, and Forbes estimated in 2016 that Brady makes around $8 million in endorsement deals.
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.
Tom’s Better Half: Gisele
With every King comes his Queen, and there might not be a better one than Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The highest-paid model in the world in 2014 is a mother of two, ranks as one of the most powerful women in the world, and she happens to sport a net worth herself of somewhere 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.
Tom Brady’s Net Worth
All told, Tom Brady’s net worth is around $180 million, according to celebritynetworth.com. Tom has said that he plans on playing until he is 45, which sadly for the rest of the NFL would be another four seasons. With another massive signing bonus coming next year, his career earnings will be well over $200 million come the start of the 2019 season.
Together, the Tom and Gisele are worth $580 million, own a $4.5 million, custom-built home outside of Boston in Brookline, Massachusetts, and continue to be one of the most influential power couples in the world.
Add to all this money the fact that Tom Brady is only getting better with age, and the sporting world might as well dust off Michael Jordan’s “Greatest Athlete of All Time” hat because Tom Brady is primed to bring home a few more Super Bowl rings to Foxborough, Massachusetts.