National Football League fans know Tom Brady's story inside and out. A QB at Michigan who struggled to get playing time before his junior year, he wasn't drafted until pick 199 in the 6th round. He then went on to become the greatest quarterback in NFL history, winning 5 Super Bowls and 4 Super Bowl MVPs.
Still, it's a story that deserves to be told and is integral to the game. When the next NFL season starts, Brady will be 41 years old, continuing to play at an elite level. He wants to continue playing into his 40s. If he does, it will pad an already stacked resume as well as an ready hefty bank account.
Brady is equal parts NFL star and A-list celebrity, recognized wherever he goes in this country. And he has made a ton of money getting to that status. It's estimated that Brady is worth $180 million by himself and far more when the rest of his family is taken into consideration. That's how he can splurge on things like $16,000 diets. These are the different ways he's been able to become so very, very rich in his career.
Tom Brady's Contract
Tom Brady has played in the NFL for nearly two full decades now, and spent nearly all of them as either the top or one of the top quarterbacks in football. Yet in an era where quarterbacks can make $20 million a year as long as they're mostly not terrible, Brady has been something of a bargain for the Patriots. He's restructured his deals multiple times to help the Patriots budget, and has converted a lot of his contract money into a "signing bonus." In 2017, his salary was technically $1 million - with a $14 million signing bonus.
So rest assured, even as he helps his team with cap space he has made bank. Brady has made about $197.2 million in career earnings playing in the NFL, and with two years left on his contract, that number is set to shoot past $200 million in 2018.
Brady has never not had a contract at any point in his career, and didn't play under his rookie contract long. After two years on the rookie contract - and one stunning Super Bowl win - Brady got his first contract extension just as the 2002 season was set to start, worth $30 million over 4 years. Not even 3 years later, Brady had helped get the team two more Super Bowl championships, and he received a shiny new extension as a result.
It was a far larger contract, paying him $60 million to keep him around through 2010. And he was worth it; this was the period where he went from a statistically above-average quarterback to one of the elites, winning his first MVP award in 2007. A year before that contract was set to expire, Brady signed his largest extension yet, four years and worth $72 million. In 2013, they added even more years to the deal, but at a discount: $27 million for 3 years. The last extension came in 2016 with a signing bonus of $28 million and an agreement for Brady to stick around through 2019.
How Much Money Is Left on Tom Brady's Contract?
That last contract extension was to keep him around for 2018 and 2019, the next two seasons. His base salary for each of those two years is $14 million, with an extra $1 million as a roster bonus.
$15 million is a lot of money - a LOT. Yet in a league where Blake Bortles will be paid $20 million to clumsily chuck a football in 2018, and where Brock Osweiler was once paid $21 million for a heinous 2016, it's hard not to view Brady as a bargain. He's arguably the all-time best to ever play, and he's still great. He could easily net more than $30 million in this market.
Tom Brady's Super Bowl Rings & Bonuses
Tom Brady's Patriots have been to 8 Super Bowls. They won 5. In 4 of them, he was the Super Bowl MVP. That will net you a ton of respect from your peers (and in the case of the MVPs, some new cars) but it also triggers some nice bonuses as well.
Let's take those 5 championships, for example. The victory means bonuses for making it to the Super Bowl AND the additional bonus of winning. In 2001 season, that added up to $63,000. $68,000 apiece for the 2003 and 2004 Super Bowls. $97,000 for 2014, and then $107,000 for the unforgettable overtime victory over Atlanta for the 2016 season. That's $403,000 combined in Super Bowl victory bonuses.
And oh yeah, let's throw in the years he lost, too. His first Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants in 2007 got him $40,000, and the second for 2011 got him $44,000. The most recent loss to the Philadelphia Eagles meant that Brady got $56,000. That's $140,000 just for showing up. Combined, making the Super Bowl has put $543,000 in the pockets of Tom Brady. And that doesn't even factor in the bonuses players get from the OTHER playoff games.
How Much Are Tom Brady's Rings Worth?
That's a question without a definitive answer, but combined it would easily be somewhere in the six-digit range, and potentially in the millions. Their 2014 rings cost $36,500 each, and it's said that a Patriots Super Bowl ring could bring in as much as $50,000 if a player is looking to sell.
But Tom Brady isn't just another player. Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars theorized that a Tom Brady ring would bring the buyer at least $250,000, and he's got 5 of them. Brady is, of course, not actually selling his rings anytime soon. However, those rings provide quite a bit of value. Imagine showing one of those off at a Super Bowl party.
Tom Brady's Wife
Obviously she's much more than Tom Brady's wife. She's Gisele Bündchen, a fashion icon and the most successful supermodel of all-time. But if you're discussing how Tom Brady and his family make their living, she's even more important than football - because she makes more money than he does.
Gisele Bündchen is reportedly worth $360 million just by herself. Combined, that would mean the Brady-Bündchen household is worth about $540 million. On one hand she's half of a power couple; on the other, she's two-thirds of a power couple.
Bündchen has been a staple of the modeling world since the 1990s and has not disappeared from the public eye since; her run as the highest-earning model in the world lasted 15 years before Kendall Jenner broke it in 2017. That's because her salary in 2017 was down 43% from her 2016 salary, to just $17.5 million. Don't you feel bad for her?
How does she make that absurd level of money? Endorsements. Bündchen doesn't do quite as much modeling as she used to, but what she does is with major companies for big bucks like Chanel, and over the past couple of decades she's worked with Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Pantene.
She has also used her success to launch several business ventures, including a line of Ipanema flip-flops and Sejaa Pure, her line of skin care products.
Tom Brady's House
One would assume a family worth $540 million can afford one or two nice places to live, right? Brady and his family live in luxury wherever they go - and they have plenty of options for where to go.
His main house is in Brookline, Massachusetts, right outside of Boston close to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, and right next door to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He bought it back in 2013 for $4.5 million, and the enormous mansion spans more than 14,000 square feet. A custom creation, this house features five bedrooms and a library (with a balcony!).
Brady also likes to make Manhattan his residence from time to time as well. Currently, the QB owns two massive apartments in the city as he tries to sell one of them. In 2014, he purchased a full-floor condo in One Madison, a luxury condo building, for $11.7 million. They've attempted to sell it several times over the past couple of years, going from a $17.25 million asking price in 2016 to, as of this writing, $13.95 million.
Why are they selling it? They prefer an even bigger, more lavish combo at 70 Vestry, a nearly finished new luxury condo building in Tribeca. An 11th floor condo, Brady purchased it for $20 million in 2016, and then in 2017 switched out for a more expensive condo on the 12th floor, likely a superstitious choice related to 12 being Brady's jersey number. 70 Vestry boasts amenities from spas to libraries, as well as a colorful children's playroom and a squash court.
They're all impressive real estate, and yet it may not even be the most impressive house Brady has ever owned. He and Bündchen bought a four-acre property in Brentwood, CA in 2008 for nearly $12 million. This place not only had the usual amenities of a Brady residence (five bedrooms, library, gym, sauna), it had a moat! When the couple decided to return to Massachusetts (and create a home without a moat) they sold the mansion for $40 million - to Dr. Dre.
Tom Brady's Endorsements
Imagine having so much money that people think it's surprising you "only" make $8 million a year in endorsements. Brady's face has never been plastered all over TV screens the way Peyton Manning's was (and still is), but as an all-time great player, he's got plenty of companies looking to have him represent them.
One of his newer endorsements is Aston Martin, a British car manufacturer. Specifically, he was signed to endorse a car worth over $200,000. Brady also serves as the brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, an elite watch brand. A limited addition Brady watch complete with his jersey number sells on their site for $5,750.
Of course, he also endorses products for people who don't have $205,750 lying around. Brady has also had endorsement deals with Under Armour, UGG and Foot Locker. Considering he doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon, who knows what companies will line up next looking for his endorsement.