5 Most Marketable NFL Players

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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. 

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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.

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