Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and More of the Wealthiest Players in the Super Bowl This Year

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A career in the National Football League can bring fame and fortune, but for some players, the fame is fleeting and the fortune at the end of a career isn’t as large as one might guess. 

But some of the players who appeared in uniform for the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams in 2021 – the two teams meeting in Super Bowl XVI – have amassed a serious fortune. Credit that to their longevity in the league, massive contracts that reflect their tremendous skill level and signing bonuses.

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So just who are the wealthiest players on the Super Bowl XVI teams? It should come as no surprise that No. 1 on the list is a veteran quarterback.

10. Mike Daniels

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Years in NFL: 10
  • Career Earnings: $46,090,425
  • Net Worth: N/A
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A longtime starter for the Green Bay Packers to start his career, Mike Daniels’ role with the Bengals has been limited since signing with the team before the 2020 season.

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9. Robert Woods

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Years in NFL: 9
  • Career Earnings: $47,924,058
  • Net Worth: N/A 

Robert Woods landed on injured reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice in November. He’ll miss the Super Bowl.

8. Trae Waynes

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Years in NFL: 7
  • Career Earnings: $52,861,722
  • Net Worth: N/A 

A key free-agent signee before the 2020 season, Trae Waynes has had limited impact with the Bengals. He missed all of 2020 with a pectoral injury, and he played in just five regular-season games in 2021 due to other injuries.

7. Jalen Ramsey

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Years in NFL: 6
  • Career Earnings: $67,141,078
  • Net Worth: $50 million 
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Jalen Ramsey had four interceptions and defended 16 passes on his way to his second straight All-Pro selection in 2021.

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6. Riley Reiff

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Offensive tackle
  • Years in NFL: 10
  • Career Earnings: $69,648,637
  • Net Worth: N/A 

Injuries limited Riley Reiff to just 12 games this season, his first with the Bengals. He’s on injured reserve with an ankle injury and will miss the Super Bowl.

5.  Odell Beckham Jr.

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Years in NFL: 8
  • Career Earnings: $81,896,476
  • Net Worth: $40 million 

Odell Beckham Jr.’s earnings took a hit this season. When he signed a free-agent deal with the Rams in November, he chose to take his salary in Bitcoin, with the cryptocurrency subsequently losing nearly half its value.

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4. Aaron Donald

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Years in NFL: 8
  • Career Earnings: $97,114,238
  • Net Worth: $40 million 
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In eight seasons in the league, Aaron Donald has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and is a seven-time first-team All-Pro. Not bad.

3. Andrew Whitworth

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Left tackle
  • Years in NFL: 15
  • Career Earnings: $106,915,928
  • Net Worth: N/A 

With the retirement of legendary quarterback Tom Brady, Andrew Whitworth now is the oldest player in the NFL. He turned 40 in December.

2. Von Miller

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • Years in NFL: 11
  • Career Earnings: $144,475,534
  • Net Worth: $40 million 

The Rams acquired Von Miller in a trade with the Denver Broncos in November. He won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

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1. Matthew Stafford

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Years in NFL: 13
  • Career Earnings: $246,506,037
  • Net Worth: $80 million 

Matthew Stafford made plenty of money in his first 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Detroit Lions. But until his trade to the Rams before the 2021 season, he never played for a team built for playoff success.

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Methodology: For this piece, GOBankingRates sourced the wealthiest players in terms of career earnings through the 2021 season as sourced from Spotrac. For the 20 players on either roster (Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams) with the highest career earnings GOBankingRates found the following: (1) player name; (2) team; (3) career earnings through the 2021 season; (4) position played; and (5) season in the NFL. GOBankingRates also found the net worth (where available) for each player from CelebrityNetWorth.com. All data was collected and is up to date as of Feb. 2, 2022.

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