When the winners' shares from the previous playoff rounds are tallied together, the Super Bowl-winning players will get around $250,000 from the league for winning their way to the Lombardi Trophy.
That's more than double the amount awarded to the winner of the NBA Finals ($110,000) and almost triple that of the World Series ($80,000).
However, it is less than what some high-profile players have earned in the past: Peyton Manning made $65 million over 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos while Tom Brady was paid $44 million over 12 years with New England Patriots.
Their respective contracts included performance-based bonuses that could have boosted their paychecks even more. For example, if they had been able to beat Seattle's defense multiple times during their championship runs, they would have been entitled to additional game checks.
In addition, since 2008, the winning quarterback has received a bonus if his team wins the Super Bowl within the first two seasons of his contract being signed. If this happens, he will receive an extra $2 million.
The other main source of income for Super Bowl winners is the advertising industry. They can expect to see commercial spots featuring their names and logos during the day's early games.
How much do Super Bowl champions earn? Each member of the winning team will get $150,000, according to the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement. This monetary incentive is a $20,000 increase from last year, when the winners of the 2020 Super Bowl received $130,000 apiece. The Super Bowl champion receives the full amount no matter how many games they win or lose during the season.
The Super Bowl winner also receives home field advantage throughout the playoffs. If they were to lose the game, they would receive a rematch at a later date (see below).
If the champion loses the game and then fails to qualify for the playoffs, they would receive $100,000 as well as home field advantage through the end of the season.
In addition, all players on the winning team are guaranteed a spot on their respective roster for the following season. If a player does not make the team, he can sign with any other team in the league after the season is over.
What happens if the champion loses the game and then goes on to win the championship? If this scenario occurs, the members of the losing team will receive their $50,000 bonuses. These players would also be given a chance to prove themselves worthy by trying out again next year. If they fail to make the team once more, they will forfeit their entire season's salary.
As a result, the players on the losing side in this year's Super Bowl will each get $149,000 for their postseason efforts. A winning player will receive $211,000 in postseason compensation. Sunday's Pro Bowl begins off at 2 p.m. CST at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game can be seen live on NBC.
The Pro Bowl is an all-star football game that is played annually in January after the conclusion of the NFL season. The game was created by pro football players themselves who believed that there was no way they could earn a spot on their respective teams' postseasons rosters. The first Pro Bowl took place in 1958 when the Los Angeles and Chicago Bears met in Chicago's Soldier Field. The game was designed to give prominent players on bad teams a chance to show their talent against other great players. Since then, the game has become an annual event that recognizes the best performers in the league.
Here are the salaries of the winners of the last 10 Pro Bowls. You'll notice that none of them make more than $3 million dollars:
2017 - Antonio Brown ($12,304,844) - Most Valuable Player
2016 - DeMarcus Ware ($17,607,692) - MVP
2015 - Justin Forsett ($9,212,472) - MVP