There’s only one side of the Super Bowl that players want to be on: The winning side.
Of course, that’s mostly to do with getting to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, don a Super Bowl ring and have eternal glory as someone who can claim to be a Super Bowl champion. But there’s a nice financial incentive, too. When the Buccaneers take on the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55, the winners’ share will be twice as much as the losers’ share.
Individual players often have their own bonuses associated with winning the Super Bowl, too. In 2021, that includes Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady.
Here’s more of what you need to know about the money being made on the field during Super Bowl 55.
How much do NFL players make for winning Super Bowl?
In 2021, the winners’ share for Super Bowl 55 is $130,000.
When added up with the winners’ shares from the prior postseason rounds, the Super Bowl-winning players will overall take home about $250,000 from the league for winning their way to the Lombardi Trophy.
For comparison’s sake, the NFL shared what the winners’ share was like in 1978 for Super Bowl 13. That year, the winning team took home $18,000, which is about $71,000 in today’s dollars.
How much do NFL players make for losing Super Bowl?
The team that loses Super Bowl 55 will have each of its players receive a $65,000 share, exactly half of what the winners get.
Whichever of the Buccaneers and Chiefs lose the Super Bowl will see their players take home about $185,000 throughout the course of the postseason in the various round shares.
What is Tom Brady’s Super Bowl bonus?
The total postseason incentives built in to Tom Brady’s first year with the Buccaneers added up to $2.25 million. By making it to the Super Bowl, Brady has already made $1.75 million of those bonuses.
The Tampa Bay quarterback can make an additional $500,000 by winning Super Bowl 55, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
What is Antonio Brown’s Super Bowl bonus?
The Buccaneers signed Brown to an incentive-laden contract midway through the season. He was injured and didn’t play in the NFC title game, but he’s expected back for the Super Bowl.
The veteran receiver can make $750,000 if the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. To earn the bonus, he’ll have to play 35 percent of the snaps on Feb. 7, which is well below his season average for snaps played. Brown could go home with a hefty payday for a single day’s work.