Salary of a Football Player (American)

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Tennessee Trades McNair to the Ravens [registration required]. New York Times, 7 June 2006. "But the Titans had given McNair's agent permission to talk with Baltimore on April 30 about a contract, and Cook worked out a five-year deal with an $11 million signing bonus and a $1 million salary for 2006." $1,000,000
National Football League. Wikipedia, 2006.
Years Experience Minimum Salary
0 $225,000
1 $300,000
2 $375,000
3 $450,000
4-6 $525,000
7-9 $650,000
10+ $750,000
"For the 2004 season, the NFL's salary cap will be approximately $80.5 million, an increase of $5.5 million from 2003."
$225,000-$750,00
Gannon, Martin. Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 28 Nations, Cluster of Nations, and Continents. California: Sage Publications, 2004: 373. "The average salary for a professional football player is about 1 million dollars and many players make far more than the average." $1,000,000
Moore, Gregory: The Lie That The NFL Won't Tell Current Or New Players About Their Future. Black Athlete. 14 May. 2006. "Up until the mid 1970s, salary ranges of $20,000 to about maybe $60,000 were usually the norm for these players. Reports from various news entities say that maybe thirty years ago the average salary was $30,000. Yet for many of these players, it still took a second job for many of these players to survive and run their households." $20,000-$60,000
Weisman, Larry: Salaries Take Small Dip. USA Today. 2002.
Average Salaries since 1992
Year Average Salary Percent Change
1992 $483,900 +2
1993 $666,400 +33
1994 $628,300 -8
1995 $716,600 +10
1996 $787,500 +7
1997 $736,700 -8
1998 $992,700 +33
1999 $1,056,300 +4
2000 $1,116,100 +3
2001 $1,100,500 -1.4
"Starting players continued to command the biggest share of the bucks. The average starter (all positions) earned $2,455,000, while non-starters averaged $773,000."
$483,900-$1,100,500

American football is one of the most watched events in the United States. American football involves two teams of eleven trying to get to the other team's goal with the ball by passing the ball and running, while the opposing team tries to stop the other team from advancing by tackling the player with the ball. It is a contact sport that requires strategy. The team consists of defensive players and offensive players. There are 15 different positions in football and many back ups. American football has more athletes then most other professional sports.

The National Football Association is the professional level of American football. To be able to play in the NFL is very difficult and highly competitive but rewarding. An average football player may be paid less than most other professional athletes due to a copious amount of players, and many career ending injuries. During the 1970s the average salary of a football player ranged from $20,000 to $60,000. Many of the professional football players during this time had to have second jobs in order to support themselves and their family. In 1995 the average salary of a football player was about $716,000. By 2001 the average salary of a football player was $1,100,500.

The average salary of a professional football player varies with experience and talent. The minimum salary of a rookie is $250,000 and the minimum of a veteran player is $750,000. However if you are a franchise player you are paid millions of dollars. In 2001 Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts was paid a base salary of $4,452,000 and in 2003 he was paid a base salary of $ 9,824,000.

Chris Cha -- 2006


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