To say that NFL stars are well off is an understatement: the seven- – even eight- – figure sums they often earn put them in a wealth category so unbelievable that our heads are liable to explode just thinking about it. And their homes are just as over the top. These 20 incredible NFL player pads, for example, will make your jaw drop.
20. Richard Sherman
Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman – one of the top-paid cornerbacks in the sport – found a suitably swanky pad in the Emerald City. Purchased in 2014 from the LA Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, his Mediterranean-style house features an indoor pool and basketball court, with the whole shebang worth every penny of its $2.3 million price tag.
19. Patrick Peterson
The blistering Arizona heat clearly has no effect on Cardinals player Patrick Peterson, at least if this cool Scottsdale abode is anything to go by. The cornerback bought the Italian-style gated mansion with lagoon pool, spa and mini-basketball court for $2.6 million in 2015.
18. Philip Rivers
Acquired for $3.3 million, this Southern California estate in Santaluz has been home to San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers since 2009. The six-bedroom crib includes such to-die-for amenities as a wine cellar, a library, an outdoor fireplace and a spa; it even has its own waterfall.
17. Brandon Marshall
Currently signed with the New York Jets, Brandon Marshall snagged this Florida stunner in 2010 when he was still with the Miami Dolphins. The fabulous estate in Southwest Ranches set the wide receiver back $4.1 million and boasts six bedrooms set out over 11,800 square feet of living space.
16. Robert Griffin III
Located in a gated community in the picturesque village of Aldie in Virginia, this gorgeous mansion has been the pride of Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III since 2013. The three-acre $2.5 million estate – which recently hit the market – has woodland views, a game room and a home theater.
15. Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shelled out a hefty $6.7 million for this beautiful property by the shores of Lake Washington. Purchased in 2015, the Bellevue residence has a price tag that partly comes down to its peaceful setting – and to it having its very own private dock.
14. Matt Forte
Many NFL players opt for quiet country retreats, but New York Jets running back Matt Forte proudly calls this Chicago city estate home sweet home. Spanning 9,000 square feet and four stories, the impressive house – complete with an elevator – was bought by the former Bears player for $4 million in 2015.
13. Ndamukong Suh
Celebrating his $114 million Miami Dolphins signing in style, Ndamukong Suh laid out $6.5 million for this ultra-modern Fort Lauderdale home in 2015. The more than 11,000-square-foot estate has everything the defensive tackle could ever want – including a gym, movie theater and spa.
12. Tony Romo
Quarterback Tony Romo – who in 2013 penned a $108 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys – cut out the middle man and had his Dallas dream house built from scratch after buying the site in 2013. Having cost roughly $9 million for land and construction, the pricey pad spans 32,500 square feet and is located in the Glen Abbey neighborhood.
11. Adam Podlesh
It may be modest compared to other NFL star dwellings, but the home of ex-Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh is still easy on the eyes. The free agent bought the 14-room, Colonial-inspired brick abode in 2011 for a mere $797,000, though current estimates suggest it’s now worth about $949,000.
10. DeMarcus Ware
It’s “location, location, location,” as the real estate saying goes, when it comes to DeMarcus Ware’s home – a brownstone in Cherry Creek North, one of Denver’s most affluent areas. The outside linebacker acquired the property in 2014 after joining the Broncos, paying $1.37 million for the three-level townhouse.
9. Carson Palmer
Featuring an ocean vista and infinity-edge pool, this Del Mar, California property is a must-have for anyone with sea and surf on their minds. The mansion – which also boasts a ten-car garage and a sports court – cost Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer $4.4 million in 2010. It’s now worth $24.9 million.
8. Julius Peppers
As far as lakeside views go, this 8,800-square-foot estate – owned by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers – is tough to beat. Perched along 900 feet of Lake Norman’s shoreline, the Spanish-influenced North Carolina property commanded $4.1 million, which Peppers paid off in 2006.
7. Dwight Freeney
Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney apparently bought this mesmerizing Carmel, Indiana mega-home in the mid 2000s while signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The now-free agent’s property – valued today at $1.8 million – stretches across 1.3 acres and boasts lakeside views, not to mention a theater with stepped seating and a South Beach pool and spa.
6. Jason Witten
A stand-out retreat fit for a king, this sumptuous 7,500-square-foot manor – ensconced in a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth – is home to Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. The Southlake estate features grand interiors – including winding staircases, a pool with a rock waterfall and grotto, and a shared lake.
5. Tyron Smith
Tyron Smith – who penned a four-year, $12.5 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 – found an abode befitting his worth. And while it may have been a humble buy at $800,000, the home in the Northwest Heights area in Northwest Dallas still provides the offensive tackle with luxurious amenities like a pool and a media room.
4. Matt Schaub
This Houston area manor was snagged by Matt Schaub while he was signed with the Houston Texans in 2009. Complete with a wine vault and theater, the 10,000-square-foot Tanglewood home is definitely spacious enough for the quarterback – who now plays for the Atlanta Falcons. It’s currently valued at $4.2 million.
3. Antonio Gates
Seen on reality show Million Dollar Listing, this Hollywood Hills home was bought by San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates in 2014. The $1.6 million property boasts awesome scenery and also has some impressive interior perks – like a spa and, serving its three floors, even an elevator.
2. James Laurinaitis
With over half of its 5,000-square-foot living space dedicated to entertainment, this St. Louis County home – owned by New Orleans Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis – is anything but boring. Purchased in 2013 for $1.8 million, the fun-friendly pad has a salt water pool, a wine cellar, a wet bar and a fire pit.
1. J.J. Watt
A cabin in the woods is a dude’s dream, and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has found this in the off-the-beaten-path Summit, Wisconsin logger’s lodge that he bought around 2015. The Grizzly Adams-worthy house has rustic charm… and an elevator. And at $800,000 for over 36 acres, it’s a steal.