The NFL's Top Earners of All Time, Ranked

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As one of the most popular and well-attended professional sports leagues in the U.S., the National Football League (NFL) is a money-making machine. But, more so than other popular sports, football goes hand-in-hand with physical risk, and a player’s longevity is not guaranteed.

When an NFL team makes a high offer, you can bet they expect the player on the receiving end to be worth every penny. The following standout athletes are some of the highest-paid NFL players of all time. We're taking Active and Retired footballers into account, so expect the unexpected.