You don’t have to be a football fan to have heard of Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback and one of the best-paid athletes in the world. Brady has earned almost $200 million throughout his playing career, and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, has an estimated net worth of $360 million; more than enough to fund their lavish lifestyles and Brady’s jaw-dropping collection of cars.
Brady’s car collection includes a $165,000 Audi R8, a $200,000 Aston Martin DB11, a $400,000 Rolls Royce Ghost, and a $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron, as well as a hybrid Cadillac Escalade and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. But he is far from the only NFL star who likes to spend, spend, spend on cars and some of his fellow players have invested in cars that are even more impressive than those in Brady’s extensive collection.
Even young players just starting out in their NFL careers can soon find themselves earning enough to buy that supercar they've always dreamed of. On the other hand, there are some players for whom cars are just not that big a deal. Former player Nnamdi Asomugha still drives a 1997 Nissan Maxima given to him by his brother, while Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris still drives his 1991 Mazda sedan to practice!
Old rust buckets won’t do for the NFL players on this list, however, who drive some of the sickest cars around.
Colin Kaepernick enjoyed a moderately successful NFL career, though he is better known now as the player who led the “Black Lives Matter” protests by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games. He played for San Francisco 49ers as a quarterback from 2011 to 2016 and is currently a free agent. Kaepernick now devotes his time to his social activism, and appeared in a controversial Nike advertising campaign in 2018, ensuring that he can still afford to live the lifestyle of an NFL star, including driving a classically stylish Jaguar F-Type, a two-door, two-seater sports car with a V8 engine.
When money is no object—as is the case for NFL players thanks to their multi-million dollar contracts—then it is easy to buy the kind of car you always dreamed of owning when you were growing up. For example, a car like the gorgeous Ferrari F430, which looks like every Ferrari that boys had on the posters on their bedroom wall. Marcell Dareus, a defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has truly embraced the Ferrari lifestyle, with his modified F430; complete with gold rims, a custom seat to accommodate Dareus’ ample frame, and a unique pillar box red velvet wrap which is soft to the touch.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has enjoyed a long and successful career as one of the stars of the Baltimore Ravens team. Having played for the team since his rookie season in 2008, the highlight of Flacco’s career was his Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 season. The NFL star was named MVP in the Super Bowl, a title which came with a trophy and a brand new, bright red Chevy Corvette Stingray. Not that Flacco needs to rely on winning MVP awards for his car collection, thanks to the record $120 million contract he signed in 2013!
While there is no doubt that car manufacturers in Italy have created some of the most iconic vehicles, Porsche in Germany does run them close when it comes to building well-designed and well-engineered machines. Brandon Marshall is one NFL star who prefers driving a modified Porsche 911 GT3. Wide receiver Marshall has played for a number of clubs throughout his career, including the Denver Broncos, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets, and he once staked his Porsche in a bet with Antonio Brown over which of the two players would get more receiving yards. Marshall lost the bet, but apparently never settled up with his rival!
Back to the supercars now, and a stunning Porsche Panamera which belongs to Vernon Davis. Davis, who won Super Bowl 50 as a tight end with the Denver Broncos, is something of a car connoisseur, which makes the stylish and well-engineered Panamera an obvious choice. With a starting price of around $125,000, this particular Porsche is well within the substantial means of a successful NFL player, though Davis has also added a few of his own custom modifications, including Asanti wheels, a lowered suspension, and smoked taillights. He has even modified the wheel trim to match his Panamera’s gleaming white paintwork.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spent his career playing with the Green Bay Packers, leading his team to a win in Super Bowl XLV in 2010. Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP for his role in the 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and was also voted league MVP by the Associated Press in both 2011 and 2014. This kind of awards often come with serious financial rewards and Rodgers was given a brand new Chevy Camaro Convertible as part of his Super Bowl MVP prize, worth at least $50,000. Not a bad extra reward for a successful Super Bowl and a great personal performance.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has classy taste when it comes to cars—although the custom paint jobs he gets for his Rolls-Royce cars would probably horrify most ordinary Rolls drivers. He has made a habit of turning up for the first training camp of the season in a customized Rolls-Royce, including a vintage 1930s convertible in 2017 (although that car was only a loaner). Brown does own a $300,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which he had customized with a specially designed wrap inspired by the Steelers’ colors, and featuring his own number, 84.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has played for the Arizona Cardinals for his whole career since he was drafted by the team in 2004. Having already made a name for himself playing college football, Fitzgerald has lived up to the hype, including an All-Pro award in 2008 and 11 appearances in the Pro Bowl. Although he has splashed the cash on a $120,000 Mercedes-Benz SL550 roadster, the NFL star is also well known for his philanthropic work, supporting cancer research, and even spoke at a memorial service for John McCain, after he and the late Senator became unlikely close friends.
After starting his career at the Cleveland Browns, cornerback Joe Haden now plays alongside Antonio Brown at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps Brown’s penchant for expensive and stylish cars rubbed off on his young teammate, who himself drives a top-of-the-range Lamborghini Murcielago, which cost $350,000 when new. The Murcielago is only going to increase in price, too, as there were only 4,099 models ever made between 2001 and 2010, so the car is something of an investment, as well as a gorgeous piece of automotive engineering. Haden bought his Lamborghini from rap star Akon and also has a Rolls-Royce, a Bentley Continental, and a BMW X6 in his garage.
The name Nissan may not have the same cachet as Ferrari or Lamborghini, but their 350Z roadster is still a stylish set of wheels. With a starting price of $45,000, it is probably at the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to the cars driven by NFL players, but the Nissan 350Z very much looks the part, which is probably why wide receiver Terrelle Pryor chooses to drive one. Pryor, who was a free agent as of January 2019, started his professional football career in 2011 with the Oakland Raiders and has also spent time as a player with the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets, and most recently, the Buffalo Bills.
Former NFL star Antrel Rolle retired from the sport in 2016, when he spent his final season with the Chicago Bears, having started out at the Arizona Cardinals before moving on to the New York Giants, with whom he won Super Bowl XLVI in 2011. Rolle is a big fan of supercars, and the star of his collection is a custom Maserati GranTurismo, fitted with 22-inch Forgiato Capolavaro rims which match the striking red paintwork. With a starting price of nearly $150,000, it’s a safe bet that Rolle’s model, with all its modifications, cost significantly more—although even that kind of money is pocket change to NFL players.
When it comes to cars, it seems that NFL players fall into one of two camps; those that drive sleek and stylish roadsters and those who prefer their vehicle to have a little more meat on its bones. Russel Wilson is one such player who prefers his cars to be rough and ready, driving a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, a luxury SUV which looks more like an army jeep from the outside. Wilson has been a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks since 2012, his first season in the NFL, when he tied Peyton Manning's record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie.
Offensive tackle Michael Oher isn’t just a successful NFL player; he was also the subject of the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side, which told the story of his difficult childhood with an addict mother and the wealthy family who adopted him and encouraged him to pursue a career as a professional athlete. Oher has made the most of his opportunities and has enjoyed a successful career in the NFL, while also making the most of his substantial paychecks, buying cars including a BMW 7-Series. This full-size luxury sedan, first made in 1977, is the flagship car of the BMW range and a stylish option for an NFL star.
Antonio Brown isn’t the only NFL star who has a passion for Rolls-Royce cars; Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore also owns a luxurious Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Phantom Drophead, a convertible, is one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce vehicles, with a starting price of $470,000—still just pocket change when you look at the salaries of NFL players! Gore, who played for the San Francisco 49ers between 2005 and 2014, and who holds the team record for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, has spent even more on his Phantom by adding a few custom modifications.
When it comes to the sophisticated supercars, there is no doubt that the best models come from Italy. From Bugatti and Ferrari to Maserati and Lamborghini, Italy produces the most expensive and the most exclusive models. Jamaal Charles, a running back who has played for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, is just one of many NFL stars who is a big fan of the country's supercars. He drives a baby blue Lamborghini Gallardo, a stunning sports car powered by a V10 engine and named after a famous breed of fighting bull, which now changes hands for around $200,000.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is another fan of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen luxury SUV, a perfect combination between interior opulence and external durability. Built for off-roading, Winston’s G-Wagen is more likely to be seen cruising the highways of Florida now that his NFL career has taken off. He enjoyed a particularly successful debut season in 2015, winning the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award, as well as appearing in the Pro Bowl all-star game the same year, and is expected to earn $20.9 million in 2019 after the Buccaneers picked up the option to extend his lucrative contract.
Perhaps the most iconic name in motoring is Ferrari, and for automotive aficionados, their cars are the ultimate status symbol. The Ferrari 488 GTB is one of the company’s most recent models, a sleek roadster powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with a price tag of $250,000. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, nicknamed Big Ben, is one of a number of NFL players who drive Ferrari cars, with his model of choice being the 488 GTB. The Pittsburgh Steelers stalwart has won two Super Bowls in his long career, missing out on a third when the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
While Ferrari may be the most established name the auto industry, they have now been surpassed—when it comes to the price at least—by another car manufacturer. Bugatti may have been around since 1909, but they have gained serious notoriety in recent years following the launch of their Bugatti Veyron supercar in 2005. Costing at least $1.7 million, this car is only within the reach of the rich and famous—including Brock Osweiler, the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, who was with the Denver Broncos in 2012, and who was once on a $72-million contract at the Cleveland Browns.
Inspirational NFL player Michael Oher doesn’t just own a stylish BMW 7-Series; he is also apparently a big fan of classic cars, such as the 1970 Chevy Chevelle which takes pride of place in his collection. Oher, who started his career with the Baltimore Ravens and won the Super Bowl with them in 2013, has lovingly restored and customized his Chevelle, which now has a beefed-up engine, a 21st-century audio system, and a set of stunning Forgiato Luminoso series Canale-L wheels. The football star’s Chevelle model looks as good as the day it rolled off the production line.
Michael Oher isn’t the only football star who has a passion for the classics. Cam Newton also owns a vintage Oldsmobile Cutlass, a glorious muscle car dating from 1970, which Newton has customized with several parts manufactured from 24-carat gold, including the front grille and a bolt-on Carolina Panthers logo—which is easy to remove in the event that he finds himself traded to another team! The quarterback has played for the Panthers since his rookie season in 2011 and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 after becoming the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards in his first NFL game.
Tight end Vernon Davis has one of the most impressive car collections in the NFL; not only does he own a modified Porsche Panamera supercar, but also a Bentley Continental GT convertible, a classic grand tourer which is the first Bentley to be made with mass-production techniques. The most basic models cost nearly $200,000 but Davis’ Bentley Continental has been modified with 22” Forgiato Estremos wheels with black rims, a souped-up engine, smoked taillights, and tinted windows. The overall effect is stylish but understated and just shows to go what exquisite taste the Washington Redskins star has when it comes to cars.
Julio Jones is yet another NFL star who drives a super cool Ferrari, a modified 458 Spider in white with a painted version of the iconic Ferrari prancing horse badge in red on the side panels and customized wheels with red rims. With the most basic models costing at least $270,000, the chances are that Jones’ modified vehicle cost nearer to the $400,000 mark—well within his significant means as a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. Jones has made six appearances in the Pro Bowl all-star match; not bad for a player who only started his career in 2011.
Ferrari isn’t the only supercar manufacturer popular with NFL stars; Lamborghini cars are also all the rage among football stars like Joe Haden, who owns a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Haden, who plays cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers after having started his career at the Cleveland Browns in 2010, doesn’t just own a stunning Aventador, however. His car collection also includes a Rolls-Royce Wraith and a Rolls-Royce Ghost, along with a top-of-the-line Range Rover SV Autobiography. Altogether, the contents of his driveway must be worth well over a million dollars; more than affordable on his $27 million contract.
A million-dollar car collection is nothing compared to those NFL stars who buy individual million-dollar cars, like the Bugatti Veyron supercar. Quarterback Drew Brees is still playing at the age of 40 (as of 2019) having started his career at San Diego Chargers in 2001 before moving to the current team the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Brees won Super Bowl XLIV with the Saints at the end of the 2010 season, being named MVP in the process, and holds several NFL records. As well as a Bugatti Veyron, Brees also owns a Ford Mustang muscle car and an environmentally friendly Tesla.
Sources: CNBC, NFL, 247Sports, Torque News, and Celebrity Carz.