Only Five Active NFL Players Have Made More Money In Their Careers Than Roger Goodell
It'd be one thing if Roger Goodell sucked at his job (please don't suspend me, Anthem Media!) and was paid accordingly. But the NFL commissioner since 2006 has made an absolute killing in his short time as the unilateral decision maker for the league, raking in approximately $123 million in his first seven years on the job.
For reference, note that only Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Julius Peppers and Drew Brees have made that much in their careers, and all of them have played in the NFL for at least 11 seasons. That means Goodell has made the most money in the shortest amount of time, of all the people employed by the league.
Is Goodell the Peyton Manning of pro sports commissioners? No, that distinction goes to Adam Silver. Is he even the Eli Manning? Nah, we'll give Bud Selig that title. Goodell is more like Curtis Painter -- he's terrible, but he's somehow still in the league -- if Curtis Painter was the highest-paid quarterback ever.
Most of Goodell's money was made in the years after the NFL's 2011 lockout. According to SportsBusiness Daily, Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010 and $29.4 million in 2011. He made $44 million in 2012. He probably made even more than that in 2013 -- which means that he may actually be better paid than even the guys listed above.
Here's a chart from Business Insider that shows just how much Goodell has made, relative to the NFL's overall growth:
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