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Broncos Update: Peyton’s Payday


If someone asked me how I could earn $96 million in five years, the only picture that would pop into my head would be five winning numbers on a little white slip of paper. But I’m not a pro quarterback.

As the Denver Broncos welcome Peyton Manning to the Mile High City, the four-time National Football League MVP’s $96 million pricetag is securely fastened to his signature pointer finger. If Manning can manage to point the Broncos in the direction of a third Super Bowl ring, it may all be worth it. Number 18’s (he will wear Frank Tripucka’s retired number) contract is the largest annual income in Denver sports history, and comes just two years after Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki nailed down a $157.75 million deal in 2010.


The average Coloradan pulls in an salary of $46,770. I’m no math major, but when Manning and Tulo’s paychecks are broken down—even the time they spend sitting on the beach in the off-season, vegging on the couch, or sleeping—what they earn each minute outweighs what the average worker makes in an hour. Here’s the breakdown:

Peyton Manning

$96 million over five years (This is if he were to stay healthy all five years)

Annual salary: $19.2 million

Monthy salary: $1.6 million


Daily salary: $52,603

Every hour: $2,192

Every minute: $36.53

Troy Tulowitzki

$157.75 million over 10 years


Annual salary: $15.775 million

Monthy salary: $1.3 million

Daily salary: $43,219

Every hour: $1,800

Every minute: $30.01


—Photo courtesy of the Denver Broncos football club

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