Members of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will try to achieve the ultimate goal of every NFL player when they meet in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.
Watching the confetti fall as they hoist the Lombardi Trophy and getting to slip that championship ring on their finger is nice, but an NFL player can also earn a nice cash bonus if his team wins the Super Bowl.
After all, not every NFL player has a $15 million salary on the way in 2015 like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
By comparison, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson only made $667,859 as part of his NFL rookie contract.
How much money does an NFL player make if they win the Super Bowl?
Here is a list of bonuses that can be earned by NFL players in the postseason:
- Wild Card Game: $24,000 If division winner wins, $22,000 if wild card entrant wins
- Divisional Playoff Game: $24,000
- Conference Championship Game: $44,000
- Super Bowl XLIX: $97,000 for winner, $49,000 for loser
- Pro Bowl $55,000 for winner, $28,000 to loser
A player on a division winner participating in the Wild Card round and winning the Super Bowl will receive a total of $189,000.
A player on a Wild Card team which wins the Super Bowl will receive a total of $187,000.
Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett also puts it bluntly when describing how winning a Super Bowl can help you take home more money.
If you win, you'll get more money," Bennett said. "If you're a champion, people love you more. You get more stuff. You get to hang out. You get to be on TV.
"You can make a lot of money and be on a terrible team, and people don't even recognize you."
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