But unlike other retired players, he’s earning more nowadays as a color commentator.
The former Dallas Cowboys play-caller is set to have a huge payday once he transfers to ESPN.
This tweet from Spotrac will give an idea of how much the three-time Super Bowl champion earned as a player and as a broadcaster.
Troy Aikman earned $55.5M on the field across 12 #NFL seasons from 1989-2000. His 3 contracts included average salaries of $1.8M, $5.5M, & $9.5M respectively.
He’ll soon (reportedly) rake in nearly $17.5M per year to join the ESPN MNF booth.https://t.co/8ehFk1iNmB
— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 24, 2022
It reads, “Troy Aikman earned $55.5M on the field across 12 #NFL seasons from 1989-2000. His 3 contracts included average salaries of $1.8M, $5.5M, & $9.5M respectively. He’ll soon (reportedly) rake in nearly $17.5M per year to join the ESPN MNF booth.
Of course, inflation plays a role in why his salary as a player back then seems small compared to what current NFL quarterbacks earn.
It wasn’t until 1992 that player salaries skyrocketed thanks to free agency.
Nowadays, top quarterbacks earn an annual average of at least $40 million which is comparable to what Aikman earned throughout his playing career.
Still, $55.5 million is not chump change, but the former Cowboy could earn that amount in just three seasons and without absorbing punishing hits from defensive linemen.
Aikman Is Set To Break The Bank
He is set to earn $17.5 million a year when he transfers from FOX Sports to ESPN.
Rumor has it that the network is also trying to sign Joe Buck to keep their tandem intact.
Given that there are 17 regular-season games and four playoff weeks including the Super Bowl, it’s like Aikman will be earning close to $1 million per game.
Who would say no to that enormous amount of money?
However, Aikman deserves it because he has been one of the best television analysts as of the present.
He may be controversial at times, but he has sharp takes on what’s happening during a game.