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Found July 16, 2013 on Down and Distance:

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My, how times have changed. We hear all the time about players making big bank on player contracts, the most ever in history was this offseason with Aaron Rodgers’ $110 million deal that could ultimately earn him over $130.5 million. That’s a little over a cool million per Sunday.

But he’s considered one of the best in the game, so it’s worth it, right?

Back in the early times of the NFL, one of the best could only dream about a million a game. So what did they get paid? How about a little less than you and I pay for something off of the Dollar Menu.

This player contract from Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh, an NFL iron man who played quarterback, defensive back and even served as the Redskins punter from 1937-1952, shows that he was paid just one dollar a game.

How about that! And if you take the time to read the contract, you’ll even notice he didn’t get the whole dollar at a time. He got 75 cents after a game, and the remaining 25 at the end of the season.

I know monetary value was a little different back then, but I miss the days when guys played for the love of the game and a payday was just a bonus. There are still a few guys that have a pigskin heart, but they’re few and far between now.

5 Comments:
  • The owners would like to go back to those days.
  • Yeah, but a dollar back then is worth about $15 today. So he was really raking it in.
  • I don't think that any one plays for the love of the game. Babe Ruth was reported to have said" you 're going to pay me to play baseball?"
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