What do players make for winning Super Bowl?

Every year, Major League Baseball announces how much the World Series winners get in bonus money for the postseason. This past year, members of the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Texas Rangers, made $317,631, assuming a player was awarded a full share.

How does that compare to what an NFL player makes? And how much do they get paid in the playoffs versus what they make for the regular season?

NFL players who win the championship actually make more if you factor it out on a per-game basis than baseball players did this year.

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Let’s take a New York Jets or Green Bay Packers player for example, as they played in an extra game due to being a wild card. Those teams’ players made $19,000 each for the wild-card game, $21,000 each for winning the divisional playoff game, and are guaranteed $38,000 for the conference championship. Should they win the Super Bowl, they’d make $83,000 (losers make $42,000).

So if the Jets or Packers win the Super Bowl, each player will get $161,000 for their playoff run. Break that down by game and it’s $40,250 per game. The Giants played 16 games to win the World Series, so they received $19,852 per game.

The four games of work for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez(notes) or Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers(notes) is only a portion of their normal game salary. Including the bye week, Mark Sanchez makes $1.52 million for four weeks of the regular season, while Rodgers makes $2.02 million for four games of the regular season.

That means if the Jets win the Super Bowl, Sanchez would only make 10.6 percent of what he would normally make for four regular-season weeks versus the playoff weeks. If the Packers win the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers would only get paid 7.9 percent of what he would normally make for four regular-season weeks versus the playoff weeks.

Of course, much of that could be made up with one blockbuster endorsement deal.


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Updated Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011