go to MSN.com
Found July 16, 2013 on Down and Distance:

Via Down And Distance:

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?"
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

2013 PPR Fantasy Football: Top 5 Tips to Drafting a Championship Team

  Find out why you should wait on drafting Aaron Rodgers as long as possible. The Fantasy Football season is right around the corner and if you’re going to have any chance of brining home a fantasy championship in 2013, then it’s time you get started on some research. Fantasy Football is not just some fun game between friends – it’s all our war and to the victor go the spoils...

2013 PPR Fantasy Football: Top 5 Tips to Drafting a Championship Team

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Find out why you should wait on drafting Aaron Rodgers as long as possible.[/caption] The Fantasy Football season is right around the corner and if you're going to have any chance of brining home a fantasy championship in 2013, then it's time you get started on some research. Fantasy Football...
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

Packers plan to retire Favre's jersey

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said the team intends to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey someday, but not during the upcoming season.

Packers once again post franchise-best profits

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Business is flourishing inside the Lambeau Field offices as the Green Bay Packers have completed yet another record-setting financial year. As the NFL's only publicly-owned team, the Packers disclosed their successful business operations from 2012 with new highs in multiple categories. The 94-year-old franchise reported 54.3 million in profit from operations...
Packers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Joe Torre: I 'feel terrible' for forgetting to thank Steinbrenner

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre admitted he screwed up during his 28-minute Hall of Fame induction speech, because he failed to thank former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” a visibly shaken Torre told the New York Daily News. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank...
Via Intrigue Sports
8 hours ago

Jeff Gordon wins record fifth Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captured his record 5th victory at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Via Gamedayr
13 hours ago

Red Sox reportedly pursuing Matt Kemp

After a move that sent Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox are continuing to listen to more offers as the trade deadline approaches. The Sox acquired right handed pitcher Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar from the Giants. Hembree was the No.7 ranked prospect in the Giants’ minor league system while Escobar was their No. 2 prospect...
Via The Sideline
13 hours ago

LeBron announces 'new' Cavs jersey number on Instagram

LeBron James announced on his Instagram that he will be going back to number 23 with the Cavaliers
Via Gamedayr
17 hours ago

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette flubs headline about Penn State hiring

We’re not sure how this got through without anyone at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wondering if this headline could be received poorly, but the paper probably wants this one back right about now. No name. Just woman. pic.twitter.com/NdAQWvFAUi — Virginia Montanez (@JanePitt) July 27, 2014 @JanePitt Maybe the future bylines for PG writers should be WOMAN (with name then underneath...
Via College Spun
17 hours ago

Cristiano Ronaldo denies hiring Lil Wayne as manager

Popular hip-hop star Jay-Z officially became a sports agent last summer, and has already landed well-known players such as Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant as clients. He’s already had success with his new business, Roc Nation Sports, helping Cano land a huge 10-year, $240 million contract during free agency last year. Apparently Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper trying to get in the...
Via NESN.com
18 hours ago

Giants CB learns unusual skill to help with interceptions

PHOTO COURTESY: IM MCISAAC/NEWSDAY Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara learned to juggle this off season.  He didn’t do this so he could entertain house guests; he learned in an effort to perfect his skills on defense. Part of Amukamara’s offseason workout was to juggle which he thinks will boost his interception numbers.  The fourth year cornerback says his new skill helps...
Via New York Sports-Kings
1 day ago

Lakers hire Byron Scott as coach

In a less-than-surprising move, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Byron Scott to be their new head coach. As the only remaining NBA team without a coach, the Lakers were facing scrutiny to get something done. With Scott now on board, they can move on to their offseason program and start to implement his philosophy on the court.  Lakers have agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago

CJ Spiller likely to be popular trade target?

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports mentions in his Bills training camp report that he expects Buffalo to field calls for one of their running backs as injuries start piling up. According to La Canfora, “Buffalo has more backs than it needs” and specifically mentions that RB C.J. Spiller “could be the odd man out.” La Canfora points to the fact that Spiller is entering the...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Marcus Mariota's course load will make you laugh

Marcus Mariota could have left Oregon for the NFL following last season. The Ducks redshirt junior quarterback would have likely been a first-round draft pick. He could be making millions of dollars as a professional athlete.  The dual threat opted to return to Eugene for at least one more season. Life won’t be too bad for the Heisman contender, either. He’s only taking two...
Via College Spun
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.