NFL coaching is a very lucrative gig with no job security. While that sounds like a paradox, no one knows that more than new Chicago Bears head coach John Fox.
Fox has been with eight NFL teams in a variety of roles since breaking into the professional ranks in 1986 with the Steelers, with his first head coaching gig coming in 2002 with the Panthers. Since then, Fox has made at least a million dollars per season at his profession.
Here’s what you need to know about Fox’s net worth.
1. Fox Signed a 4-Year Contract With the Bears for around $4.5 Million per Season
Almost immediately after being let go by the Denver Broncos last season, the Chicago Bears reached out to the now 60-year old about their coaching vacancy.
Fox and Bears reached an agreement on a four-year deal worth between $4-4.5 million per season (between $16-18 million total) in January. Unless he is fired, Fox is contracted with the team through the end of the 2018 season. He brought offensive coordinator Adam Gase with him from Denver and hired former 49ers man Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator.
Fox is the sixth oldest head coach in the NFL behind Tom Coughlin, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichik, Bruce Arians and Jim Caldwell.
2. Fox Earned About $16 Million in 4 Seasons in Denver
Prior to Chicago Fox enjoyed a highly-successful run with the Denver Broncos. In four seasons, Fox went 46-18 and led the team to the playoffs in all four seasons.
But frustrating playoff exits ultimately cost Fox and his coaching staff their jobs. Fox, who was replaced by Gary Kubiak, signed a three-year contract extension prior to the 2014 season that appeared to cement his job security. Or not. His initial contract paid him $3 million per season.
Because Fox took a new job during the lifespan of the contract, the Broncos are off the hook for the $11 million they owed him.
3. He Has Been Employed By 17 College & Professional Football Teams in His 38-Year Career
Once upon a time John Fox was a player on the field at the Division I level with San Diego State. He went undrafted in 1978 and temporarily landed with the Buccaneers, but he didn’t make the roster and his playing career was ended.
He immediately began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Aztecs, but would quickly move around the country. Working up the ladder, Fox was with nine teams in his first nine seasons as a coach.
His first NFL break came in 1989 when he was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers to coach their defensive backs. He learned from one of the top organizations in the league, and would remain unemployed from that season to the present day.
4. Fox Earned More Than $14 Million With the Panthers
Fox finally became a head coach in 2002 when the Carolina Panthers made him the second coach in the franchise’s short history. Taking over a team that went 1-15 in 2001, Fox turned the team around overnight and made them a perennial contender.
Fox’s initial contract in Carolina paid him $4 million over four years, which was extended in 2004 before a second deep postseason run. Fox’s contract was extended again, but it was not renewed after a 2-14 campaign in 2010.
In nine seasons with the Panthers, Fox went 73-71 with two NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl appearance.
5. Fox Recently Put up his Charlotte Mansion for Sale
The Fox’s called Charlotte home during the offseason once the Panthers hired him in 2001, but over the summer the family put their $7 million mansion up for sale.
The large house measures close to 15,000 square feet and was custom built in 2007.
The house will more than pay for the new Fox home, a $3.275 million mansion in the Chicago area.