Now that Super Bowl 2019 is in the books, it’s time to look forward to football’s up-and-coming stars. National Signing Day kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 6, when elite high school football players officially announce their university of choice. It’s a day usually filled with excitement for schools who have worked hard to recruit top talent and ensure the success of their school’s football program.
Take a look back at these NFL players who created buzz during National Signing Day and later became some of the wealthiest athletes in the game.
Cam Newton's Net Worth
Team: Carolina Panthers
Net Worth: $45 million
Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton first caught the attention of football’s elite back when he played quarterback for Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga. At the time, Newton finished his senior year as the No. 14-overall quarterback in his graduating class of 2007 and was recruited by several top universities for football, including Auburn University and the University of Florida. Although Newton transferred to Auburn and won the Heisman Trophy as a Tiger, he initially signed his letter of intent to the University of Florida in February 2007.
In 2016, Forbes listed Newton as the highest-paid NFL player, with his earnings totaling $53.1 million. Currently, Newton pulls in an average salary of $20,760,00.
Von Miller's Net Worth
Position: Offensive Linebacker
Team: Denver Broncos
Net Worth: $40 million
Before outside linebacker Von Miller became a Denver Bronco and a Super Bowl champion, he was a football player at DeSoto High School in Texas where his talent caught the attention of several big-name Division I schools. During his senior year, he was named the District 8-5A Defensive MVP and finished with 76 tackles and six sacks. As a four-star recruit, he received scholarships from schools in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. However, he ultimately signed his letter of intent to Texas A&M in February 2007.
Miller is currently in the middle of a six-year contract with the Broncos for $114.1 million, which comes out to a yearly salary of over $19 million.
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Julio Jones' Net Worth
Position: Wide Receiver
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Net Worth: $25 million
The Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones is arguably one of the greatest wide receivers in football today, and that has been the case since his high school days. He was given the honor of ESPN’s Mr. Football award after rushing for a total of 1,181 yards, catching 68 receptions and scoring 16 touchdowns in high school. In addition, Jones was the No.1 wide-receiver prospect and the No. 3-overall prospect in his 2008 class, according to Fox Sports. After receiving multiple offers from universities, he committed to the University of Alabama, where he would later win a BCS National title the following year.
In his eight seasons in the NFL, Jones has been elected to six Pro Bowls and earns an average annual salary of about $14 million.
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Odell Beckham Jr.'s Net Worth
Position: Wide Receiver
Team: New York Giants
Net Worth: $25 million
Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was just as attention-grabbing in high school as he is now. As a four-star wide receiver recruit, he was courted by the University of Nebraska, Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and several other schools. But Beckham Jr. eventually signed his letter of intent to the Louisiana State University on National Signing Day. His success in high school carried him through college where he was eventually drafted by the Giants in the first round of 2014 NFL draft.
At just 26 years old, he is one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, earning an average salary of $18 million.
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Rob Gronkowski's Net Worth
Position: Tight End
Team: New England Patriots
Net Worth: $15 million
Recently crowned the 2019 Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski has always had a flair for greatness. During his senior year at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was named a PrepStar All-American and an Associated Press Class 4-A All State Athlete. He also finished his senior year as the No. 3-overall tight end in his 2007 class, according to Fox Sports. The nearly 250-pound senior subsequently received scholarships from several universities, including Clemson University and Syracuse University but decided to commit to the University of Arizona on National Signing Day in 2007.
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