NFL Logo and FootballPlaying football in the NFL has always been one of the most difficult aspirations to attain for young athletes. Professional football is an elite club and they do not suffer incompetence or lazy behavior lightly. Certainly not when you consider the amount of money these guys are making today.

It is sometimes difficult for NFL fans to realize that most of those big guys out there on the field are millionaires but it is true, most of them are.  For this reason, among others, professional football players are under great pressure to perform and to behave both on and off the field.

Let’s take a look at the top 24 salaries in the NFL today.

QB Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers $22,000,000
QB Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens $20,100,000
QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints $20,000,000
QB Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos $19,200,000
QB Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys $18,000,000
QB Eli Manning of the New York Giants $16,250,000
WR Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions $16,200,000
WR Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals $16,140,000
DE Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills $16,000,000
QB Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans $15,500,000
QB Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions $15,300,000
QB Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers $15,300,000
QB Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears $14,668,750
QB Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburg Steelers $14,664,417
RB Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings $14,380,000
DE Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears $14,000,000
RB Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans $13,493,750
QB Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets $13,491,667
LB Clay Matthews of the Houston Texans $13,200,000
CB Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Bucs $13,000,000
DE DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys $13,000,000
QB Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams $13,000,000
OT Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles $12,862,500
RB Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans $12,666,667

As you probably noticed, quarterbacks dominate the list of high-end salaries in the NFL….and with good reason.  The quarterback is… well, the quarterback.

You probably also noticed that New England Patriots All-Pro Quarterback Tom Brady is not on the list.  Brady made a deal with the Patriots back in February which was actually a cut in pay for him.  He will get $27,000,000 over the next three years.  The agreement reportedly had more to do with keeping the Patriots strong as a team and guaranteeing that Tom Brady will retire as a Patriot.