The latest rumors circulating around the National Football League gossip cliques is that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could possibly land a contract in the $25 million per year range – and many feel that at that price he is being vastly overpaid.
No question, it’s a lot of money. It’s more money than any NFL players has ever made in a 12-month calendar year for working 8 months out of that year. Depending on how many more years Rodgers plays the game, he could make well more than $100 million.
But the question about his being overpaid is moot at this point. It’s what the market will bear and it’s what he should get. For an athlete, that’s a lot of dough.
But when you compare that salary to some of the world’s richest people – entertainers: musicians and actors – that’s a drop in the bucket … and they don’t have 350-pound monster men trying to rip their heads off.
Consider Robert Pattinson – you know that “Twilight” guy whose made millions for playing a vampire – according to 2010 numbers, he made $27.5 million. And his sweetheart Kristen Stewart? That ditzy brunette who can’t seem to string consecutive sentences together in coherent fashion – yeah, she makes more than her on-screen, off-screen lover Pattinson – $28.5 million.
But Let’s move on – from least to most – and compare Rodgers’ proposed measly $25 million to those who make more and do less – and remember, these figures are from at least two years ago:
• Jennifer Anniston – $28 million
• Leonardo DiCaprio – $28 million
• Sarah Jessica Parker – $30 million
• Robert Downey Jr. $31.5 million
• Adam Sandler – $50 million
• Sandra Bulluck $50 million
• Lady Gaga $62 million
• Beyonce $87 million
• Johnny Depp $100 million
• Oprah Winfrey – $315 million
• Donald Trump – $2.7 billion – yes, that’s BILLION
So when you consider the dollars that these folks are pulling in for smiling, singing or just acting like someone else (most of the time really badly, I might add) looking at Aaron Rodgers’ paltry $25 million slides more easily into focus.
At least he’s running, working and putting himself in physical danger every time he goes out and earns his check – in other words, he does more to EARN the dollars than these other folks.
So, do I think Rodgers is overpaid. Not on your life.
C’mon, Ted. Write the check and pay the man.