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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.
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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:
$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
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