Brady, a sixth-round draft pick who went on to star for the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaves behind a Hall of Fame legacy, with NFL career records for passing yards (84,520), passing touchdowns (624) and championships (seven). The three-time MVP was similarly successful financially: Across his 22 years, Brady made $293 million with his playing contracts, according to Spotrac. Forbes estimates that Brady added more than $160 million with his endeavors off the field.
That total of roughly $450 million makes Brady the NFL’s all-time earnings leader, beating a mark set by his longtime rival Peyton Manning, who left the game after the 2015 season with an estimated $400 million in career earnings.
With lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Fanatics, Hertz, Subway and Under Armour—plus a massive partnership he struck with cryptocurrency exchange FTX in June—Brady has redefined how football players can leverage their star power. He collected an NFL-record $45 million off the field this season, bettering the $31 million he posted in May when he landed at No. 9 on Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
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