Beloved NFL superstar, Tom Brady, is considered among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. His professional career began after playing college football for the University of Michigan, when chosen in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. As of 2016, Brady has accumulated a total net worth over $170 million, including a 3-year, $27 million contract with the New England Patriots. His primary source of wealth sources from football contracts, annual salaries, and endorsements.
California native, Thomas Edward Patrick, was born and raised in San Mateo, California on August 3, 1977. He is the fourth child born to parents, Galynn and Tom Brady Senior. In his youth, Brady attended regular San Francisco 49ers games, developing a unique love for football, and quarterback Joe Montana. Tom Brady grew to become a promising football prospect, and later played for the University of Michigan, where he finished ranking third in Michigan football history. Today, Brady is in his late 30’s, and still going strong. He holds an impressive and legendary career, including charismatic leadership qualities and raw talent; thirteen NFL division titles achieved playing with the New England Patriots, and three Super Bowl MVP awards.
Regardless of talent, the wealth, popularity, and successes achieved through a professional football career is merely a dream to numerous young athletes. Tom Brady’s career represents the two-fold reality of athletic stardom. Behind the screens and packed stadiums lies a career involving commitment like no other. Brady earns more in a day than others may in a year, but his wealth is earned through thousands of hours of practice, travel, social appearances, and game-time. His most recent $27 million contract spans 3 years, and offers a $9 million average annual salary. This contract is a significantly lower in comparison to his 5-year, $57 million contract and over $30 million in bonuses during 2013.
Some argue Brady is largely underpaid, and it’s reported this is largely due to his age, previous successes, and the New England Patriot’s financial struggle in recent years. Though, Brady and his family will not suffer in the long run, and the future ensures a solid career finish for this legend. Additionally, Tom Brady’s net worth must also assume combined worth between Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen. Bundchen’s total net worth surpasses Brady’s by more than $200 million.
Together, Brady and Bundchen’s combined net worth totals $544,000,000 as of 2015, including Brady’s football revenue, endorsements, and Bundchen’s supermodel salary, endorsements, and additional miscellaneous revenue. Brady earns a considerably small amount from endorsements compared to other professional football stars. Details regarding why this may be are unclear. Currently, it’s estimated Brady earns roughly $7 million annually from about a dozen endorsement deals, including Under Armour, Uggs, and Wheaties.
$544 million affords a variety of assets, including a stylish, $20 million, California mansion in the Brentwood hillside region of Los Angeles. Brady and Bundchen chose this home with consideration for resale value, and after the couple completed major renovations, the home was sold for $40 million—perhaps somewhat dependent on the celebrity pre-owned status. In 2013, Brady and his wife purchased a modest $14 million dollar luxury apartment on the 47th floor of the One Madison building in New York City. Many athletes with considerable wealth possess a lavish, and sometimes ridiculous, car collection in addition to luxury residences. However, Tom Brady appears to deviate from this norm, though he can be seen sporting a modest $100,000 Audi R8 from time-to-time.
Rumors suggest, due to advancing age, Tom Brady is nearing the end of his remarkable career. His successes throughout this career achieve new heights, are far too numerous to list, but include 4 Super Bowl Championships, 3 Super Bowl MVP awards, 2 NFL MVP awards, and the most career wins with a single team. These combine and serve to challenge and inspire new standards for future NFL athletes, or perhaps any passionate football player with an eye on the prize.