Our favorite season is finally here… the turf is green, the weather will soon begin cooling down, and the games have begun. That’s right, NFL preseason is already underway and it won’t be too much longer until the regular season begins. We’ve been patiently waiting for football to make it’s way back into our Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night routines since the draft in April, and with all of the recent buzz around college athletes potentially receiving pay, we’ve found ourselves considering how NFL salaries are distributed across the country.
We all know how incredibly well-paid athletes can be, and oftentimes they have some of the most incredible homes. Just check out Ben Roethlisberger’s and Shaquille O’Neal’s former estates, for example. That said, as the NFL draft can show us every year, an athlete’s career is rarely stable and they infrequently live in the same place for very long. Maybe the risk of being traded to a new team is the reason why there are so many beautiful former-athlete homes for sale at any given time, after all–Tom Brady’s Massachusetts mansion recently joined the ranks of celebrity homes we would love to live in ourselves!
So while we wait for the season to officially begin, here at Homes.com we thought we would take a look at the highest-paid NFL players from every state (hometown pride, anyone?), and a few interesting features of where they live now. As we patiently wait for their homes to hit the market, (it’s just a matter of time, right?) we definitely can appreciate their architectural features and curb appeal.
To determine the highest-paid NFL player from every state, we organized currently active professional football players by their birthplace using Pro Football Reference. We then collected data on each player’s 2019 – 2020 cap hit (teams have a certain salary cap they must stay under each year) from Spotrac as the most accurate indication of their total pay and narrowed down the highest-paid NFL player from each state.
The Highest Paid NFL Player From Every State
After pulling together all of our data, we were able to find the highest-paid NFL athletes who grew up in each state. Some states, such as Alaska or Vermont, unfortunately, have no active players, but the rest of the U.S. has plenty of star power to go around. For example, Seattle’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, is actually from Ohio originally, while Denver’s Joe Flacco originated from the state of New Jersey. That said, it comes as no surprise that real estate holds a special place in our hearts so we knew that some of the highest-paid NFL players had to have incredible homes in their team’s state as well. We investigated further, and turns out, we were right.
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, for example, was born in Cincinnati, OH, but currently owns a $6.7 million waterfront home in Bellevue, WA with his wife, R&B singer Ciara. With Wilson’s annual salary of over $26 million, it’s no wonder he has such a gorgeous home in a prime location. This 7-bedroom and 7-bathroom mansion includes a private movie theater, poker area, and a 2,000 bottle wine cellar.
Another one of the highest-paid NFL players in the country is Marcus Mariota. Born in Honolulu, HI, the Tennessee Titans quarterback is the owner of a $1.05 million downtown penthouse in Nashville, TN, in the elite Gulch community. This condo has floor-to-ceiling windows and a custom floor plan designed by Todd Cook. Mariota’s annual salary is nearly $21 million, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he looked for an additional perfect home match quite soon.
Cam Newton is another famous NFL quarterback. He plays for the Carolina Panthers and is also an Atlanta, GA native. On his annual salary of over $23 million, he enjoys a beautiful 3 bedroom condo with a private, covered outdoor terrace in the luxury Trust building in Charlotte, NC valued at over $2 million. Other well-known residents of the Trust include Michael Jordan and Chris Daughtry, so clearly the homes bode well for occupants looking for luxury.
These aren’t the only standout athlete homes. Eli Manning, a New Orleans, LA native, and New York Giants quarterback, owns an $8 million Hamptons beachfront mansion with a private deck and pool. Philip Rivers, on the other hand, chose to stay in his a fully-loaded $3.29 million San Diego home with a private rose garden, media room, and outdoor pool/spa area, even though his team (the Chargers) moved to Los Angeles. Either city is a far cry from his hometown of Decatur, AL.
Drew Brees is an Austin, TX native who now spends his time off from the Saints in a $1.6 million uptown New Orleans home with all of the luxuries you might expect, including a gourmet kitchen, swimming pool, and luscious landscaping. This is a home that–if you were lucky enough to visit–could provide some creative inspiration for your next snap and search.
These are just a few examples of the stunning properties owned by the highest-paid NFL players from every state. For a detailed chart with all of the data points we pulled, see below.
The Highest Paid NFL Player From Every State
We wanted to show the players’ earnings in more detail, and according to the 2019 cap hit, the highest-paid NFL player in the United States is Matthew Stafford, a native of Tampa, FL. Some interesting insights from our data showed that NFL players who are natives of Alabama, California, Washington, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Ohio, and Washington have some of the highest salaries in the league (Phillip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, Matthew Stafford, Marcus Mariota, Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Russell Wilson, and Alex Smith of the Washington Redskins, respectively).
Some of the lowest salaries were awarded to players from West Virginia, Utah, North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Idaho (Ryan Switzer of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tyler Larsen of the Carolina Panthers, Brent Qvale of the New York Jets, Ryan Griffin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Josh Hill of the New Orleans Saints, respectively). But, of course, none of these players make less than $600,000 a year, and they get to proudly bear the title of being the highest-paid professional football player from their state.
Now the question is, what gorgeous mansion will be the next one an NFL player calls home? We’ll keep an eye out, but in the meantime, you can search for your own with our simply smarter home search tool.