Aaron Rodgers is one of the most famous players in the NFL. He made the headlines in the offseason as he prepared to leave the Green Bay Packers and was traded to the New York Jets. He is closer to the end of his career than to the start now, but still demands respect – and a healthy salary – for his skill and talents.
Even at the age of 39, when many of his fellow players in the NFL would be thinking about retirement, the news that he was to join the Jets had all the best online betting sites rethinking their prices for a Big Apple Super Bowl triumph.
But on just the fourth snap of his first game for the Jets, Rodgers injured his ankle and was later diagnosed as suffering an Achilles tendon rupture. Obviously, that has severely affected his team’s chances of glory but it will not have changed the amount of money he is earning. This article will take an overview of his career so far, his salary and net worth, and the investments and charitable work he is involved with.
An Overview of the Super Bowl Champion
Born in Chico, California in 1983, Aaron Rodgers played football and baseball at high school but failed to attract much attention from Division I schools. After receiving no offers to play football, Rodgers briefly considered concentrating on baseball before being recruited by Butte Community College. After one successful year there he transferred to the University of California and began to become one the most high-profile college football quarterbacks in the country.
Rodgers decided to forego his senior year and made himself eligible for the draft. The Green Bay Packers took him in the first round as the 24th overall pick. He agreed an initial four-year, %7.7 million deal, with the potential to earn $24.5 million if all incentives were met. For three years he played as the backup QB to Brett Favre.
Favre first announced his retirement and was then traded to, ironically, the New York Jets in 2008. This made Aaron Rodgers the starting quarterback and he soon grew into the role of leader and most important player on the roster. It took Rodgers just three more years to lead the Packers to a Super Bowl win, when he was also named MVP. The following year he was named the NFL MVP, an honor he has now won on four occasions.
In his time with the Packers, he made it to the Pro Bowl ten times, was a four-time First Team All-Pro, four-time NFL passer rating leader, and a two-time NFL passing touchdowns leader – among a whole host of other personal awards.
Aaron Rodgers’ Net Worth in 2023
In 2023 Aaron Rodgers’ net worth is estimated to be around $200 million. After winning the Super Bowl with Green Bay, Rodgers had proved his worth and signed a five-year $110 million extension in 2013. That made him the highest-paid player in the NFL at the time.
Before the start of the 2018 season, Rodgers signed another eye-watering deal, a four-year $180 million extension, giving him $103 million in guaranteed money. The quarterback actually signed another three-year contract extension in 2022 for over $150 million but was traded to the Jets just a year later. In moving to New York, Rodgers took what could end up being a $35 million pay cut. But he is still being paid while injured – and also has a number of endorsements and investments to rely on.
It is believed that endorsements earn Aaron Rodgers another $11 million a year on top of his NFL salary. For 12 years he was one of the highest-paid footballers away from the field, thanks in part to his affiliation with State Farm Insurance. That deal ended earlier this year but other brands, such as Adidas, Prevea Healthcare, Sharpie and IZOD have all boosted his annual income.
His Assets and Investments
Rodgers became the first NFL player to ever become a part owner of an NBA franchise in 2018, when he joined the group owning the Milwaukee Bucks. A rumored relationship with the daughter of the Bucks’ majority owner obviously helped with the deal.
As with many top sports athletes, Rodgers has also made some interesting investments in the real estate market. He had bought a Californian mansion in 2009 and sold it for more than double the price in 2021. He was also reported to have purchased an oceanfront mansion in Malibu for $28 million, an asking price he paid in full without the need for a mortgage. As a further sign of his financial success, after being traded to the Jets, Rodgers bought a $9.5 million house just minutes from the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
His Philanthropy and Personal Life
Rodgers has become known for his somewhat controversial media appearances in recent years but there is no denying that he has used his platform in positive ways for a number of different charities and organizations.
He helped found a charity with the mission to highlight the work of organizations and people who are changing the world, and is a big supporter of the MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. He even raised $50,000 in one go when competing on Celebrity Jeopardy in 2021. The same year he donated $1 million to small businesses in Chico (his home town) and Butte County (the site of the junior college that gave him his first break).
Although Aaron Rodgers has now suffered what could be a career-ending injury, he will go down as one of the best to ever play in the NFL – as well as one of the highest-paid.