It should come as no surprise that the highest paid NFL player in the 2010 to 2011 season is Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning was born into a football family on March 24, 1976 to former NFL quarterback, Archie Manning. Manning’s younger brother is Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants.
In the 2011 to 2012 football season, his 14th season, Manning will be 35 years old, which is not exactly a youngster in the world of football, making his salary as the highest paid NFL player even more impressive. However, his record in the NFL makes him worth every penny. Peyton Manning holds the record for consecutive football seasons where he gained 4,000 or more yards passing. Manning is the first player to be named The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player four times, just to mention a couple of reasons why he is the highest paid NFL player.
In 2007, Peyton Manning took his team to victory with a 29 to 17 win over the Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI. Peyton Manning is a seven time All Pro quarterback. Even if you are a Bears fan, you have to admire the accomplishments of Peyton Manning and his leadership with the Indianapolis colts.
According to Peyton Manning’s current contract with the Indianapolis Colts, he is guaranteed $15.8 million per year. The second highest paid NFL player is Nnamdi Asomugha, the defensive back for the Oakland Raider who is guaranteed $14.3 million per year. Little brother Eli Manning is earning a mere $97.5 million with his last contract from 2009. Will Eli forever live in the shadow of his big brother Peyton?