National Football League players get paid every week during the regular season. There are 17 weeks in an NFL season. Players are also compensated for each playoff game for which their team qualifies, with greater compensation when they win. Players are not paid during the off-season.
Although NFL salaries are quite lucrative, many players struggle with managing their money, and go bankrupt after they retire. According to an analysis by Sports Illustrated, 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or nearly bankrupt two years after their careers end. Some NFL teams now work to educate young players on how to properly manage their money so they can enjoy greater long-term financial security.