Here's How Much Money Super Bowl Players Get Paid If They Win

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Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox
Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox

From The Pioneer Woman

Game on!

The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Make sure you have your favorite party dip ready!)

After a long season filled with plenty of ups and downs, fans can't wait to see which of the NFL's star quarterbacks is going to lead their team to victory. Will last year's defending champion Patrick Mahomes hold on to his title? Or will six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady add another ring to his collection?

At the end of the night, only one of the famous quarterbacks will hoist the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy above his head. But regardless of the game's outcome, players on both teams will walk off the field with a little extra money in their pockets. (Metaphorically speaking, of course. Those pants are tight!)

How much do winners of the Super Bowl get paid?

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Photo credit: Rob Carr

Each member of the winning team will receive $150,000, according to the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement. This cash bonus is up $20,000 from last year, when the winners of the 2020 Super Bowl each took home $130,000.

How much does the losing Super Bowl team get paid?

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Photo credit: Ronald Martinez

Each member of the losing team will still receive $75,000, which is half the amount that the champions earn. This cash bonus is up $10,000 from last year, when the losers of the 2020 Super Bowl each took home $65,000.

Does every player on each team get paid the full amount?

Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox
Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox

Nope! Certain players on both the winning and losing teams could see their Super Bowl pay-out cut in half, depending on their eligibility.

Players who will get the full bonus:

  • Players on the team's active or inactive list when the Super Bowl is played that have been on the roster for at least three previous games (regular season or playoffs).

  • Players who are not on the team's active or inactive list when the Super Bowl is played, but have been on the roster for at least eight previous games (regular season or playoffs).

  • Veteran players who were injured during the regular season and removed from the team's active or inactive list, provided they are still under contract when the Super Bowl is played.

Players who will get half of the bonus:

  • Players on the team's active or inactive list when the Super Bowl is played that have been on the roster for less than three previous games (regular season or playoffs).

  • Players who are not on the team's active or inactive list when the Super Bowl is played, but have been on the roster for at least three and not more than seven previous games (regular season or playoffs).

  • First-year players who were injured during the regular season and removed from the team's active or inactive list, provided they are still under contract when the Super Bowl is played.

That's some serious change! Is it too late to try out? 😂