Being a professional sports star is tough. Not only do they earn millions of dollars every season, they have to decide what to spend all that money on. Some stars like Basketballer DeShawn Stevenson spent part of their fortune on a personalized ATM for their house. Others, like NFL star Chris Johnson, splurged on a set of solid gold teeth. When it comes to cars though, things aren’t quite so cut and dry.
While some NFL players have impressive collections of supercars, many are holding on to their first ride, or cars that were passed down through their family. Whether they possess the savviest of financial minds or are anxious about the threat of going broke remains unclear. What is particularly interesting though, is that money does not change everyone.
So for every star who splurges on their cars like there is no tomorrow, there are just as many who are satisfied with their perfectly average rides. This could be a calculated and intelligent strategy because despite NFL players making an average of $1.9 million every year, 15% of them will declare financial ruin in the future.
Therefore it’s interesting to see what the NFL's most dominant quarterbacks have chosen to spend their money on, who has given in to temptation and who has remained level headed. As you will see, it doesn’t always correlate with their style of play. So let’s take a look at 10 of the sickest rides in the NFL, and 10 that have seen better days.
New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees is considered to be possibly the greatest quarterbacks ever and last year raked in a whopping $40 million in earnings from his salary and endorsements. It should come as no surprise then that his preferred ride is a Bugatti Veyron with a price tag of approximately $2 million.
Having just turned 40 years old, Brees has owned some pretty nice cars throughout his career but the quad turbo Bugatti is his first foray into supercars. Bugatti Veyron ownership is not for everybody as just a simple oil change can cost as much as $25,000. A little more than the price of a brand new Honda Civic.
Aaron Rodgers is more known for his on-field antics including finishing the 2018 NFL season with just 2 interceptions from 597 pass attempts. However, he got the internet talking when he appeared in a commercial for State Farm in his wild Ford F150 Raptor.
The F150 is a far more practical ride than other NFL stars own, but it is still a serious off-road weapon. The twin-turbo V6 makes the tricked out Ford hugely entertaining to drive with 450 hp on fed through a 10-speed paddle shift transmission. The street-legal trophy truck is also decked out with advanced off-road equipment including adaptive-dampening suspension that automatically matches itself to driving conditions on the fly.
Cam Newton has had some pretty wild cars in his collection, including a slightly bonkers 730 horsepower Ferrari F12. However the car that gets him the most attention is his 24-karat gold plated 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Cutlass rolling on 24” Forgiato wheels.
The flashy quarterback dropped $45,000 on this custom makeover by Monster Customs. The entire car was basically rebuilt and fitted with air suspension, a huge entertainment system, a rebuilt 442 ci engine and brand new interior featuring Alcantara leather with gold stitching. But the crowning jewel of the entire build must be the 24k gold plated panther head that adorns the grill.
Standing at 6 ft 5 in and weighing 240 lb, Big Ben Roethlisberger is not somebody you want to try and get in the way of. Like others on this list, Roethlisberger has a pretty nice car collection but the standout is undoubtedly his Ferrari 488 GTB.
The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 is the most powerful engine ever wedged into a prancing horse and has a 0-60 time of just 3 seconds flat. With razor-sharp steering and superb chassis control, the Ferrari 488 GTB was designed for the racetrack but remains a serious performer even in street trim, and with its sweeping, sculpted lines, it looks just as good standing still.
When you’re a professional football player not everything goes your way. Despite having millions of dollars and tens of thousands of adoring fans, something the pressure of repeatedly not performing, or having old injuries flare up wears a tired quarterback down. And when it does, what better way to shut off the outside world and indulge your sense than in Matt Staffords luxurious Rolls Royce Wraith.
This highly exotic and unique coupe is unlike any other car on the planet and built around a focus on comfort and aesthetic appeal. Inside, the quarterback can enjoy the mock starry sky made from fiber optic lights, slip off his cleats and dig his toes into the wool carpet as he ponders how to spend his next million.
With around 80% of the NFL players having a G-wagon in their collection, it would be remiss to publish a list of sick rides without including one. Russell Wilsons contractual obligations may hang in the balance, we’re certain his $125,000 G63 makes him feel a little better about life.
Mash the throttle of the G63 and you can sprint to 60mph in 4.5 seconds thanks to a bi-turbo V8 with 577 horsepower on tap. It’s loud and it’s fast but it’s also become the ultimate fashion accessory to be seen in, due to its mostly celebrity owners. With a spacious interior, it’s also suitable for hulking NFL stars as well.
Ryan Tannehill's contract might be up in the air, but no matter where he lands for next season his daily driven Nissan R35 Skyline will get them there quickly.
The R35 caused a huge stir when it was released thanks to its awe-inspiring handling and mind-boggling speed. The VR38DETT powered car rockets to 60mph in under 3 seconds, faster than most Italian supercars. In fact, the only criticism that was leveled against the R35 was that it ‘made speed too easy.’ But despite the blistering acceleration, the Skyline remains a surprisingly useable car. It is easy to drive in daily traffic and has enough room to seat a family.
Derek Carr has been one of the best performing quarterbacks the Oakland Raiders have ever seen and is on the verge of rewriting the franchises record book. Given how valuable a player he is, it should come as no surprise to learn that Carr enjoys spending money on his very desirable car collection.
One of the more interesting cars in his collection is a Porsche 911. The fantastically composed German made auto features a turbocharged 3 liter with a 7-speed dual clutch that changes gears at lightning speed, almost before you’ve thought about it. Porsche consistently builds incredible cars and Carr's car is a perfect example.
Another fan of German engineering, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons drives a brutally fast AMG S63. At the heart of the AMG sits a 4 liter twin-turbo V8 that delivers 603 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive system pushes the cars 0-60 time to 3.4 seconds and has a top speed just shy of 200 mph.
Equally desirable is the level of comfort and luxury that are built into the S63. Matt Ryan can enjoy a Burmester surround sound entertainment system, dual 12.3” display screens, 3 zone ambient LED lighting and heated seats with built-in seat massagers.
After a difficult few years or hard work, Josh Rosen is finally taking a few months off. Presumably, this will give him time to enjoy his vintage Ford Mustang. The first generation of Mustang was part Trans-Am and part drag car with timeless exterior styling.
The 1969 Mustang is a favorite amongst classic car collectors despite performance that is pretty modest by today’s standards. Back in 1969, 220 horsepower was a lot, particularly with tiny drum brakes to slow the 3,122 to slow the car down. Nonetheless, the Ford Mustang has remained a desirable collector’s car for anybody lucky enough to find one.
Of course, not every sports star spends their millions on flashy expensive supercars. Some even have some very pedestrian tastes and it doesn’t get more average than Mitchell Trubiskys Toyota Camry.
The Toyota Camry is a perfect example of a sedate cruiser. It has undergone several updates throughout its history but has never been able to shake its reputation as a mundane car. But that’s what the Toyota Camry does best, offering a reliable and comfortable driving experience. There’s not much that stands out about the Camry, but there are no hidden surprises either. What this Toyota does excel in is safety. And when you’re a starting quarterback, no doubt safety takes a precedent.
Sam Darnold is yet to reach his full potential and the New York Jets have recognized the enormous promise he is showing. A sensible quarterback with a sensible taste in cars, Darnold has been spotted driving a very sensible Toyota Prius.
Much like the Camry, the Toyota Prius can best be described as ‘inoffensive.’ It’s a car so light and fuel efficient it can be pushed along by a strong breeze. With an all-wheel-drive system and powered by the latest hybrid technology, the Prius seems like the car that Toyota uses to test how consumers will react to emerging automotive technology.
Kirk Cousins collects a salary of around $25 million, so it’s a little strange that his vehicle of choice is his grandmother’s old van. He explained this in a previous interview, claiming that it was “better to buy appreciating assets than depreciating.”
Anyhow, the GMC Savana is ideal for transporting large items such as NFL players and their personal cheer squad. This particular model features a 200hp V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission, vinyl floor covering, windows and a heater. It is unsure if Cousins has any plans to upgrade his GMC Savana to the 2019 model in the future.
When he’s not riding a bicycle, Andrew Luck of the Colts enjoys driving a Honda Accord which he shares ownership of with his sister. Clearly enjoying the '90s, it’s been confirmed by Luck himself that he also still uses a flip phone.
This model Honda Accord is actually not a bad model in and of itself, it’s just not what we would expect someone earning almost $25 million per season to drive. The accord has a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds and looks better in darker colors. The Accord represents a time when Honda took itself a little more seriously before they unleashed the more slightly more insane styling of later model Civics.
Carson Wentz actually has a decent collection of pretty nice trucks but his beater is a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado that has definitely seen better days. The most common problem with these Chevrolets was that they were prone to stalling and engine cut-outs. Besides the intermittent stalling, they are reliable trucks and rarely break down.
Simplicity and a rock solid drive train are the Chevrolet Silverado’s strengths, with the 1995 model one of the first to receive the latest four-wheel antilock brakes. The Silverado was manufactured in much simplifier times when people could change their engine oil without having to sit through a 45-minute instructional YouTube video first.
Alex Smiths beater is a bit of a legend and is better known by its moniker, The Red Baron. The Red Baron was conceived in 1981 and is held together by rust. The Tahoe features a hole in the dash where the stereo used to be and one functional door.
If by some miracle the car manages to get above 50 mph going downhill, the windows are prone to falling down. Smith used to be so embarrassed by The Red Baron that he would park it in the farthest corners of the car lot. His teammates were known to open up the car as none of the locks worked, and push it to a hidden location.
Another fan of old trucks, Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars enjoys driving his Ford F150 which for some unknown reason, a teenager tried to steal. The teenager entered Blake Bortles' house while he was visiting a team-mate who lived nearby and took his keys. He tried to drive away but was blocked in the driveway by another truck and was apprehended by Bortles' teammates until the police arrived.
Had the would-be thief been able to make off with the car, he would have discovered that the F150 was quite slow, poorly built and had terrible fuel economy. The 302 V8 is still a popular motor today but this particular F150 was let down by substandard build quality.
Rookie of the year Baker Mayfield has some pretty flamboyant tastes. However, his daily driver is a humble Chevrolet Bolt. For those unfamiliar, the Bolt reached the dizzying heights of rank #13 in compact cars for 2018 according to cars.usnews.com.
The Bolt is an electric vehicle with (relatively) long range and quirky styling. It is perfectly adequate for short jaunts around town and can reach full charge in just 30 minutes. The instantaneous torque that electric vehicles are well known for works well in traffic and the Bolt also has some of the latest drivers’ aid to complement the high-tech powertrain.
Lamar Jackson made a huge impression in his rookie season, and clearly, he remains focused on his career as his car of choice is an unassuming Toyota Corolla.
The Toyota Corolla is an excellent choice if fuel economy is your main concern, however, this is also balanced against the fact that it is not the largest compact car on the market. Acceleration in the Corolla is painfully slow, presumably even more so with a 210 lb quarterback occupying the driver’s seat. Jackson's iM model features ambient interior lighting and a decent amount of options, but is let down by its 137 hp motor.
Similarly to Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen surprised Bills fans with his raw athleticism and impressive game stats, so it’s somewhat surprising that his daily driver is a Kia Forte.
The Kia Forte is perhaps best known for not being particularly quick, and although taking styling cues from the Kia Stinger, it looks like it was designed by a group of people who never actually met. The ride is comfortable although the suspension is a tad stiffer than what you would expect, and the interior is spacious enough for average-sized adults. Despite its flaws, the Kia is packed full of features and is therefore difficult to flat out dislike.
Sources: cnbc, nfl, 247sports, cars.usnews