5 Most Marketable NFL Players
Athletes are rarely exceptional actors, with few possessing the expertise and gravitas to hawk a product convincingly. Still, there remain athletes who, with the right combination of personality and star power, manage to pull it off. Considering endorsements, likeability, and on-the-field success, we ranked the National Football League’s five most marketable players.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Since joining the Saints in 2006, Drew Brees has become one of the most successful — and highest-paid — NFL quarterbacks. Brees has accumulated six Pro Bowl selections and saw his stock continue to rise after he led New Orleans to its long-awaited Super Bowl ring in 2009. In 2012, the Austin native signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension, putting him at No. 5 on the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Brees is marketable, too, and his reputation as a family man can be seen shining through in partnerships that have included PepsiCo, Chase Bank, Wrangler, Nike, and Verizon Wireless. On a local scale, Brees is also a fixture in the New Orleans community and has largely become one of the city’s greatest advocates of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. His charity, Brees Dream Foundation, has contributed more than $17 million to charities and academics in New Orleans, San Diego, and West Lafayette/Purdue (Indiana) communities. Brees, the second-highest paid player in the NFL, makes approximately $11 million a year in endorsements.