Tom Brady Amasses More Wealth Off-Field Than On-Field; How Has the GOAT Made More Money Via His Investments Than 22-Year NFL Career?

Published 05/12/2022, 5:30 PM EDT
HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 07: Tom Brady accepts the award for Sports Person of the Year during The 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 07, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has redefined how football players can leverage their star power. According to the Forbes recent list of highest-paid athletes in 2022, Tom Brady ranks 9th in the overall tally. Interestingly, his on-field earnings are considerably lower than his off-field wealth.

In an extensive career of 22 years, the NFL legend’s brand value increased on a surreal scale. More than his contract salary, Brady’s wealth accumulation happens from brand endorsements and investments in various business avenues.


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How did Tom Brady manage to earn more off the court?

The latest rankings released by Forbes have the Soccer legend Lionell Messi topping the list with a total earning of $130 Million in a year. However, Tom Brady could only secure the ninth spot and became the only NFL athlete to enter the list. His on-field worth last year is estimated at $31.9 million and his off-field revenue at $52 million.

While Brady announced his retirement earlier this year, his on-field wealth, including salary and other bonuses estimated at $293 million in a career of 22 years. The quarterback added more than $160 million to his wealth from his other endeavors off the field.

Last year, the NFL platform founded by Tom Brady, Autograph, raised $170 million in a Series B funding round. He added other athletes from NBA and MLB to scale its operations and is thriving its brand value in full force.


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The Religion of Sports, the production company he co-founded with Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and filmmaker Gotham Chopra recently signed a lucrative deal with Skydance Sports in March. Moreover, the Buccaneers QB owns a production company, 199 productions, which is busy with its upcoming road-trip movie ’80 for Brady.’

He also holds stakes in FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange. Recently, the 44-year-old also signed a lucrative gig lined up after his retirement. A commentator role with Fox Sports. The deal is set to earn him $375 million for ten years which is way more than his earnings in the past 10 Super Bowl appearances.

Brady has his next job lined up after he retires from the NFL


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While Tom Brady made his decision to retire this year, everyone wondered what would be the next role he would play. There was no clarity. But next time he ever thinks about retiring, the seven-time Super Bowl champion will essay the role of a commentator at Fox sports. He will become the highest-paid TV sports analyst ever after.

On Monday, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch made the announcement about Brady’s next gig and the network’s future alongside an accomplished athlete.


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“Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt but will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to the client and promotional initiatives,” Murdoch said. “We are delighted that Tom has committed to joining the Fox team and wish him all the best during this upcoming season,” he added to his speech. No wonder, why Brady is called the GOAT!

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.