When Peyton Manning isn’t yelling Omaha through your television, he’s likely humming you a tune about the delicacy that is chicken parmesan. That’s because not only is Peyton Manning one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, he’s also the most recognizable. Manning leads the NFL in off-field endorsements, earning $12 million in 2015. Add that to his $15 million in salary, and after 18 seasons Manning is still one of the NFL’s top earners.
Manning has become a fixture on our television for almost 20 years, and he’s been paid handsomely for it. TheRichest.com estimates Manning’s net worth to be north of $185 million, while other sites have the total even higher. Even as his career winds down, Manning has ensured that his wealth will continue to grow.
Here’s the info on Manning’s money:
1. Manning Made $27 Million in 2015
After 18 NFL seasons, Manning remains one of the NFL’s highest-paid players. Where he gets ahead, however, is the work he puts in during commercial breaks. Manning’s $12 million in endorsements is more than any other NFL player, narrowly edging out Drew Brees (11M) and younger brother Eli (8M).
Before this season, Manning restructured his contract for what is expected to be the final two years of his career. His salary is $4 million less than last year, but he can recoup that money with team-based incentives. He’ll receive $2 million if the Broncos win the AFC Championship, and another $2 million if they win the Super Bowl.
2. Manning Purchased Over 20 Papa John’s Franchises in Denver
Perfect timing led Peyton Manning to make a major business decision upon his arrival in Denver. He invested in 21 Papa John’s pizza franchises in 2012, shorty before Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.
It’s a fortunate coincidence, but it’s one Manning was well aware of. When Peter King asked Manning why he thought the pizza business was rising, he answered in typical Manning fashion.
“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning said. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes. So when you come to a different place, you’ve kind of got to learn everything that comes with it.”
3. Manning’s Ads Have Become Classics Over the Years
Manning hasn’t just been successful because he’s done a ton of commercials. Many of his commercials become more than just ads, and add to the pop culture appeal of Manning.
His first hit came with Mastercard, when Manning did a series of ads cheering on average day jobs. Around that time he was also addressing his “laser-rocket arm” in a commercial for Sprint. These days Manning is either plugging his own pizza enterprise, or humming various jingles for Nationwide Insurance.
4. The Peyback Foundation is How Manning Gives Back
After all the money he’s made playing football, Manning has no problem giving back, especially to kids. His charity, the Peyback Foundation, has been helping promote the success of disadvantaged kids since 1999. The organization has given over $10 million through grants and programs to kids in Colorado, Indianapolis, Louisiana and Tennessee.
If that seems like an odd collection of states, it’s all the areas in which Manning has played football. But Louisiana is his home state, and that’s where he and his brother personally led a relief effort during Hurricane Katrina. The brothers filled a plane with over 30,000 pounds of water and supplies, volunteering both time and money during the 2005 disaster.
5. Peyton Purchased This 16,000 Square Foot Home in Denver
After taking a year off of football to recover from neck surgery, Manning sought a fresh start in a new location. That location turned out to be Denver, and it came with a spacious gated estate for him and his family. Manning purchased this home in 2012 for a reported $4.575 million, and it’s located in Cherry Hills Village in a quieter area of Denver.
The over three-acre property measures in at 16,464 square feet, and includes seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms. The pad is secured with an iron fence to keep out crazy fans, leading into the heated seven-car garage. Other features include his and hers walk-in closets, billiards rooms, and an elevator.