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Which NFL Hall of Famer Has the Highest Net Worth?

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The City of Canton, Ohio, was instrumental in the creation of professional football in America, so when the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened on Sept. 7, 1963, it was perfectly fitting that Canton had been chosen as the city where the game’s greats would be celebrated.

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For NFL players, coaches, commissioners and contributors, being inducted into the Hall of Fame is something akin to achieving football immortality — its hallowed halls are reserved only for the gridiron’s GOATs. For many Hall of Famers, that kind of glory also comes with great financial wealth. All of these members listed have a net worth of at least $20 million.

Last updated: Sept. 6, 2021
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Walter Jones: $20 Million Net Worth

Seahawks tackle Walter Jones was named All-Pro for six of his 12 NFL seasons. After being drafted in the first round in 1997, he went on to anchor the line that made running back Shaun Alexander’s MVP season possible in 2005. Regarded as one of the best offensive linemen of all time, Jones was welcomed into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Barry Sanders: $20 Million Net Worth

The greatest running back in Lions history and one of the best of all time, Barry Sanders became the first player ever to reach at least 1,000 yards for each of his first 10 seasons — and that represents the entirety of his career. He led the NFL in rushing four times and turned in a record 14 straight games with triple-digit yardage. Sanders was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Lynn Swann: $20 Million Net Worth

Steelers great Lynn Swann played wide receiver for nine seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. A four-time Super Bowl champion, Swann played in three Pro Bowls during the Steelers’ heydey of the 1970s and chalked up 336 receptions for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Paul Tagliabue: $20 Million Net Worth

Paul Tagliabue served as NFL commissioner from 1989 to 2006, ushering the league into the modern era, overseeing a significant expansion and positioning football as America’s premier sport. One of the greatest sports industrialists in history, he oversaw an era of labor tranquility, supported roughly 20 new stadium contracts and revolutionized how fans watched football on television. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class of 2020.

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Larry Allen: $22 Million Net Worth

Cowboys and 49ers tackle/guard Larry Allen led the lines that enabled both Emmitt Smith and Frank Gore to achieve single-season rushing records in Dallas and San Francisco, respectively. He was named first-team All-Pro for seven straight years and was named to NFL All-Decade teams in both the 1990s and 2000s. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Jonathan Ogden: $22.4 Million Net Worth

Jonathan Ogden played 12 NFL seasons as an offensive lineman after being drafted in the first round in 1996. A member of the Ravens, he was named All-Pro six times and went to 11 Pro Bowls — that’s every season in his career except for one. He anchored the line that made running back Jamal Lewis’ epic 2003 season possible. A decade later, in 2013, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Terry Bradshaw: $25 Million Net Worth

Drafted No. 1 overall in 1970, quarterback Terry Bradshaw helmed the Steelers when the team was one of history’s great dynasties. He led the team to eight AFC Central titles and four Super Bowl victories. He was named Super Bowl MVP twice. He never left the game, quickly transitioning after retirement to a successful and prominent broadcasting career that continues to this day. He also stars with his family on the reality series “The Bradshaw Bunch.” Bradshaw was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Earl Campbell: $25 Million Net Worth

Drafted No. 1 overall in the 1978 draft, running back Earl Campbell played eight seasons with the Oilers and the Saints. He went to five Pro Bowls and rushed for 9,407 total yards. Of those yards, 1,934 came in 1980, the year he tallied four 200-plus-yard games for a single-season record that, at the time, was second only to O.J. Simpson’s mark. Campbell earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991, just six years after he retired.

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Jim Kelly: $25 Million Net Worth

The Bills selected quarterback Jim Kelly in the first round of the 1983 draft. The master of the no-huddle offense, Kelly threw for at least 3,000 yards in eight of his 11 NFL seasons. He took the Bills to the playoffs eight times and led his team to the Super Bowl four seasons in a row. He made the illustrious Hall of Fame ranks in 2002.

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Randy Moss: $25 Million Net Worth

Drafted in the first round in 1998, Randy Moss is one of the greatest wide receivers in Vikings — and NFL — history. He led the league with 17 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards his rookie year and went on to catch more than 100 passes two seasons in a row. When he moved to the Patriots in 2007, the six-time Pro Bowl selection set a record during his first season in New England with 23 touchdown catches and became only the second player to top 1,000 receiving yards for 10 seasons straight. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Bill Parcells: $25 Million Net Worth

Known as the Big Tuna, head coach Bill Parcells was a turnaround specialist, transforming four losing teams into winners. He led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and the Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance, and he presided over the Jets during New York’s exciting and successful late-1990s era. The Jets were a 1-15 team when the Parcells took over, and the next two years they went 9-7 and 12-4, making it all the way to the AFC championship game. In 2013, he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Jason Taylor: $25 Million Net Worth

Playing for Miami, the New York Jets and Washington, defensive end Jason Taylor went to six Pro Bowls in 15 seasons. He racked up double-digit sacks six times in the first eight seasons of the 21st century. In all, he tallied 139 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions and three touchdowns. He’s also a talented dancer, as his performances on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2008 proved. Taylor was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

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LaDainian Tomlinson: $25 Million Net Worth

A five-time Pro Bowl running back, LaDainian Tomlinson tallied at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first eight seasons and scored at least 10 touchdowns in every season he played with the Chargers; he later moved to the Jets. He set an NFL record by tallying a rushing touchdown in 18 straight games and won two consecutive rushing titles in 2006 and 2007. Tomlinson was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Charles Woodson: $25 Million Net Worth

Defensive back Charles Woodson made an impact the minute he stepped on the field with the Raiders, who selected him with the No. 4 overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft. With five interceptions and two forced fumbles, he was a defensive force and won the Rookie of the Year award. In his 18-season career with the Raiders and Packers, he recorded 65 interceptions and returned 11 of them for touchdowns. A Super Bowl champion and a three-time All-Pro, Woodson was named to the Pro Bowl nine times — bookending his career with appearances in both his first and last seasons. He was selected for the Hall of Fame in 2021.

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Alan Faneca: $25.6 Million Net Worth

Once guard Alan Faneca entered the Steelers’ starting lineup six weeks into his rookie season in 1998, he never looked back. He started his next 200 games and anchored an offensive line that helped the Steelers win four division titles and Super Bowl XL. He blocked for nine 1,000-yard rushers and five 3,000-yard passers on his way to being named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. A six-time All-Pro, Faneca ended his career with the Jets. He is a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

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Marvin Harrison: $26.8 Million Net Worth

Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison went to eight Pro Bowls in his 13-season career and was named All-Pro six times. With more than 1,100 career receptions, he had 143 catches in 2002, crushing the NFL all-time record. Drafted in 1996, two years before Peyton Manning, Harrison was on the receiving end of many of legendary quarterback’s highlight-reel touchdown passes. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Ty Law: $28.4 Million Net Worth

Cornerback Ty Law played in 203 games during his 15 seasons. He amassed 53 interceptions during that time, which he took the other way for a cumulative 828 return yards. The five-time Pro Bowl selection led his team in interceptions six times, led the NFL twice, started in the secondary in four AFC championship games and won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. In 2019, he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Derrick Brooks: $30 Million Net Worth

Derrick Brooks went to 11 Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career with the Buccaneers. Known for his durability, the star linebacker never missed a game. He led Tampa Bay to two seasons as the top defense in the league, and in 1997, he helped the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1981. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Jim Brown: $30 Million Net Worth

The human embodiment of gridiron grit, football star-turned-movie star Jim Brown went to nine straight Pro Bowls — that’s every season of his entire career. The iconic Browns running back was named Rookie of the Year in 1957 and led the entire league in rushing for eight of his nine seasons. Brown was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

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Mike Ditka: $30 Million Net Worth

Mike Ditka — aka “Iron Mike” — was synonymous with Chicago Bears football for generations. Before he led the Bears to the franchise’s first and only Super Bowl victory in 1986, “Da Coach,” as he’s also been dubbed, changed the nature of the tight end position. Once reserved for big, strong blockers, Ditka used the position to give his quarterback another receiver. A five-time Pro Bowl player, Ditka scored 43 touchdowns on 427 receptions for a cumulative 5,812 yards. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1988.

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Orlando Pace: $30 Million Net Worth

Tackle Orlando Pace went to seven Pro Bowls in his 13-year NFL career and was named to the 2000s All-Decade team. He served as the chief blocker for two MVP offensive players three years straight: Kurt Warner in 1999, Marshall Faulk in 2000 and Warner again in 2001. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Steve Sabol: $30 Million Net Worth (at the Time of His Death)

The late Steve Sabol and his father, Ed Sabol, remain one of only two father-son duos in the Hall of Fame. Together, they founded NFL Films, which has won more than 100 Emmy Awards. Personally, Steve won 35 Emmys across more categories than anyone else in the history of television. His creative and executive work changed how Americans and fans across the world consume football on television. Steve was elected posthumously to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Kurt Warner: $30 Million Net Worth

Four-time Pro Bowl selection Kurt Warner amassed 32,344 yards during his 12-year NFL career, the bulk of which was spent as the quarterback for the Rams. He originally went undrafted, playing first in an arena league and NFL Europe. He went on to become a two-time NFL MVP and the first quarterback in history to throw for at least 300 yards in three Super Bowls, including a record 414 yards in Super Bowl XXXIV. In 2001, he threw for 4,830 yards and 36 touchdowns. Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Ray Lewis: $35 Million Net Worth

Ravens great Ray Lewis was one of the most feared linebackers in NFL history. He started in four AFC championship games and two Super Bowls, one of which ended with Lewis being named Super Bowl MVP. He led his squad in tackles for 14 seasons, was named to 13 Pro Bowls and became the first player in history to achieve at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Lewis into its Class of 2018.

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Edgerrin James: $40 Million Net Worth

Edgerrin James spent 11 seasons as an NFL running back and he went to the Pro Bowl in four of them. Drafted by the Colts in 1999, James was named Offensive Rookie of the Year after capturing the rushing title in his inaugural season, which he did the following season as well. He broke the 1,000-yard mark seven times, topping 1,500 yards during four of those seasons. James was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Troy Polamalu: $40 Million Net Worth

Troy Polamalu went to eight Pro Bowls in his 12-year NFL career with the Steelers and was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team. Probably the greatest safety of his generation, Polamalu picked up 32 career interceptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns. Seven of those picks came in 2010, when he was named Defensive Player of the Year. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Deion Sanders: $40 Million Net Worth

Cornerback Deion Sanders goes down not only as one of the NFL’s greatest secondary defensemen but also one of its most eccentric and flamboyant showmen. Although he tallied 53 career interceptions, he’s also famous for his legendary punt and kick returns, which netted him nine cumulative touchdowns. Sanders was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Champ Bailey: $45 Million Net Worth

Champ Bailey’s first name says it all. Turning in more than 900 tackles over the course of his remarkable 15 seasons, Bailey was named to the Pro Bowl in 12 of those seasons. A member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, he was the youngest player in history to snag three interceptions in a single game. Bailey made it into the Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Calvin Johnson: $45 Million Net Worth

Known around the NFL as “Megatron,” Calvin Johnson played just nine NFL seasons — all with Detroit — before taking an early retirement at age 30. But they were nine splendid seasons. He gained 1,000 receiving yards in seven of them, leading the league in 2011 and 2012 when he tallied more than 1,600 yards. In all, he caught 731 passes for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, earned All-Pro honors three times and was named to the Pro Bowl six straight seasons. He is part of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

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Jimmy Johnson: $45 Million Net Worth

Serving as head coach for the Cowboys and Dolphins, Jimmy Johnson will be remembered as one of the greatest talent evaluators in the history of the game. His very first draft with the Dolphins netted eight rookies who went on to earn starting roles. He transformed the beleaguered Cowboys from 1-15 to a winner during his tenure. He went to the playoffs six times in nine years and secured two division titles and won two Super Bowls with Dallas. Johnson was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class of 2020.

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Tony Gonzalez: $50 Million Net Worth

The legendary Chiefs and Falcons tight end, known as “Gonzo,” went to the Pro Bowl 14 times in his 17-season career. After his rookie year in 1997, Tony Gonzalez never played a season with fewer than 59 receptions. He caught at least one pass in 211 straight games and had 111 receptions for touchdowns. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

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Dan Marino: $50 Million Net Worth

Dan Marino racked up 13 3,000-yard seasons over the course of his legendary 17-season career and went to nine Pro Bowls. In 1984, he became the first player ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a single season and threw 48 touchdowns, which was a record at the time. In total, he threw 4,967 completions for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns. In 2005, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Jerry Rice: $50 Million Net Worth

The undisputed greatest wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice was drafted in 1985, and two years later in 1987, he set the NFL record for touchdown receptions in a season with 22 touchdown catches. He led the league both in touchdown receptions and receiving yards six times and still holds nearly every major receiving record in the book, including most receiving yards, most receptions, most 1,000-yard seasons, most combined net yards and most touchdowns. He went to 13 Pro Bowls, played for 20 seasons, was named first-team All-Pro 10 times in an 11-year span and Super Bowl MVP once. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Gale Sayers: $50 Million Net Worth (at the Time of His Death)

In 1965, Bears running back Gale Sayers broke the NFL’s rookie record when he scored 22 touchdowns in his debut season. The record stands to this day. Sayers amassed 9,435 combined yards and was the league’s leading rusher in both 1966 and 1969. Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 when he was just 34 years old.

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Aeneas Williams: $50 Million Net Worth

With eight trips to the Pro Bowl in 14 seasons, cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams picked off 55 interceptions during his time with the Cardinals and Rams. Williams returned those picks for more than 800 yards and nine touchdowns. He wasn’t selected until the third round of the 1991 draft, only to score his first interception during his debut game. Williams was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 — and was the first player of the Cardinals’ era in Arizona to be inducted.

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Troy Aikman: $60 Million Net Worth

Drafted first overall in 1989, Troy Aikman is a Cowboys legend. Out of his 94 career wins, 90 took place in the 1990s, making him the decade’s winningest quarterback. He either tied or broke 47 franchise passing records, went to the Pro Bowl for six of his 12 seasons in the NFL and won three Super Bowl championships. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Joe Gibbs: $60 Million Net Worth

Joe Gibbs had two disparate careers as coach of the Washington franchise. In the first phase, he won 124 games during his 12 years with Washington and lost only 60 — a winning percentage of 73.1. In that span from 1981-92, his teams won three Super Bowl titles. He returned to the storied franchise in 2004, hoping to duplicate the success, but his record in four seasons was 30-35 — a winning percentage of 46.1. Gibbs was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, and then in 2020 he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and is the only person who has made both sports’ halls of fame. He is the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Don Shula: $60 Million Net Worth (at the Time of His Death)

Late head coach Don Shula amassed an overall regular season and postseason record of 347-173-6 during 33 seasons. Although he helmed the Colts for a few years, he’ll always be remembered for his 26 seasons with the Dolphins, which included the miracle year of 1972. That year, Shula led Miami through an undefeated season that culminated in a Super Bowl win, one of two for Shula. It remains the only perfect season in NFL history. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Michael Strahan: $65 Million Net Worth

Giants defensive end Michael Strahan went to seven Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro four times in his 15-season career. One of history’s great terrorizers of passers, he owns two sack titles and tallied 141 1/2 sacks in total. He amassed double-digit sacks six times in a nine-year stretch and still holds the record for single-season sacks — he recorded 22 1/2 in 2001. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Brett Favre: $100 Million Net Worth

Brett Favre was drafted by the Falcons but traded to Green Bay after his rookie year and earned most of his glory there. He spent 20 years in the NFL and threw for more than 4,000 yards during six of those seasons. He went to 11 Pro Bowls and was selected for the 1990s All-Decade team. A three-time league MVP, he won the Super Bowl with the Packers following the 1996 season. Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Joe Montana: $100 Million Net Worth

Before Tom Brady, there was little debate that Joe Montana was the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. Not selected until the third round of the 1979 draft, he led the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories, several of which — like so many of his wins — involved dramatic come-from-behind rallies. A two-time league MVP, he went to eight Pro Bowls and threw 273 touchdowns over the course of 40,551 yards despite missing the entire 1991 season due to injury. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

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John Elway: $145 Million Net Worth

Broncos great John Elway threw exactly 300 regular-season touchdowns over the course of his 16-year career. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and 1987 league MVP, Elway threw for 51,475 yards and engineered 47 fourth-quarter comebacks. He started in five Super Bowls, won two of them and was crowned Super Bowl MVP in 1998. In 2004, Elway was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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John Madden: $200 Million Net Worth

During his 10 years as head coach of the Raiders, John Madden never had a losing season. His astonishing 75.9% winning percentage was the result of a 103-32-7 regular-season record. He won the 1976 Super Bowl and went onto a second career as a beloved football broadcaster. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Steve Young: $200 Million Net Worth

Steve Young followed Joe Montana’s extraordinary run of success in San Francisco as the leader of another victorious era for the team. A two-time league MVP, he won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and threw six touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Peyton Manning: $250 Million Net Worth

Peyton Manning was born to play quarterback in the NFL the way his father, Archie, had. As the No. 1 pick of the 1998 draft by the Colts, Manning launched a journey that would lead to stratospheric stats and five MVP trophies, seven All-Pro selections and 14 Pro Bowl berths. He completed 6,125 passes for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns for a 186-79 record in 13 seasons with the Colts and four with the Broncos. He won a Super Bowl with each team, becoming the first quarterback to lead two different franchises to the championship. Manning was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2021.

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Al Davis: $500 Million Net Worth (at the Time of His Death)

The late Al Davis essentially gave birth to modern football when, as AFL commissioner, he forced the league’s merger with the NFL in 1966, which was finalized for the 1970 season. He moved up the ranks from personnel assistant to scout to assistant coach to head coach to general manager to commissioner and finally to team owner and executive. No other person in NFL history has held so many varied and significant positions in the organization. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Dan Rooney: $500 Million Net Worth (at the Time of His Death)

The son of Steelers founder Art Rooney, the late Dan Rooney worked in various leadership capacities with the franchise for 61 seasons. The Rooneys join the Sabols as the Hall of Fame’s only other father-son duo. Dan Rooney, who also served on many top league committees, played key roles in 21 division titles and six Super Bowl victories. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Roger Staubach: $600 Million Net Worth

Dallas quarterback-turned-real estate mogul Roger Staubach led the Cowboys to four NFC titles and two Super Bowl victories. He retired with the best quarterback rating in history at the time and was the league’s top passer in rating for four seasons. He tallied 153 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing scores over the course of the regular-season portion of his career. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1985 in a class that included Joe Namath, O.J. Simpson and longtime commissioner Pete Rozelle.

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Pat Bowlen: $1 Billion Net Worth (at the Time of His Death)

When Pat Bowlen died in 2019, it was the end of the greatest era in Broncos history — Bowlen presided over one of the most successful runs among all owners ever to compete in the NFL. Under his stewardship, the Broncos achieved seven trips to the Super Bowl and three wins. Pat Bowlen was enshrined posthumously in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Edward DeBartolo Jr.: $3.3 Billion Net Worth

When Edward DeBartolo Jr. purchased the 49ers in 1977, it was the start of one of the most remarkable eras in football history. With the exception of the shortened 1982 season, the 49ers won an average of 13 games per season between 1981-98. They went to the playoffs 16 times, appeared in 10 championship games, won 13 division titles and became the first team to win five Super Bowls. DeBartolo was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Jerry Jones: $8.5 Billion Net Worth

Jerry Jones oversaw the most glorious era in Cowboys history so far. After buying the team in 1989, he became the first owner to win three Super Bowls in the first seven years of ownership. The team won at least 10 games 12 times, won the division 10 times and went to the playoffs 13 times. He changed the nature of stadium ownership and sponsorship, marketing, branding, television broadcasting and labor management. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

Nicole Spector and Jami Farkas contributed to the reporting for this article.

All net worth information is sourced from Celebrity Net Worth and is accurate as of Aug. 3, 2021.