HBCU Money™ Presents: 2013’s HBCU Alumni NFL Players’ & Salaries


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The top earning HBCU NFL player is Alabama A&M’s Robert Mathis (pictured above)

HBCU Money™ FACTS:

  • NFL teams spent $3.5 billion of 2013’s $4 billion available.
  • HBCU NFL players combine for $59.2 million in salaries or 1.7 percent of salaries spent. Estimated take home after taxes and agent/lawyer fees is $29. 6 million.
  • Hampton University leads the way with 4 NFL players.
  • 19 HBCUs are represented in the NFL.
  • SWAC/MEAC conferences both have 6 schools represented.
  • HBCU NFL players represent approximately 1.7 percent of roster positions available.
  • Average salary for HBCU NFL players is $2.1 million. In 2011, the average NFL salary was $1.9 million according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Median salary for HBCU NFL players is $895 000. In 2011, the median NFL salary was $777 000 according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  1. Robert Mathis – DE – Indianapolis Colts – $10 750 000
    (Alabama A&M)

  2. Kendall Langford – DE – St. Louis Rams – $6 000 000
    (Hampton)

  3. Antoine Bethea – S – Indianapolis Colts – $5 750 000
    (Howard)

  4. Jacoby Jones – WR – Baltimore Ravens – $4 900 000
    (Lane)

  5. Dimitri Patterson – CB – Miami Dolphins – $4 600 000
    (Tuskegee)

  6. Greg Toler – CB – Indianapolis Colts – $4 333 333
    (St. Paul’s)

  7. D. Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – Denver Broncos – $2 900 000
    (Tennessee State)

  8. Sammie Hill – DT – Tennessee Titans – $2 766 666
    (Stillman)

  9. Jason Hatcher – DT – Dallas Cowboys – $2 600 000
    (Grambling State)

  10. William Hayes – DE – St. Louis Rams – $2 050 000
    (Winston-Salem State)

  11. Junior Galette – OLB – New Orleans Saints – $1 700 000
    (Stillman)

  12. Eric Weems – WR – Chicago Bears – $1 415 000
    (Bethune-Cookman)

  13. Chris Baker – NT – Washington Redskins – $1 323 000
    (Hampton)

  14. Justin Durant – LB – Dallas Cowboys – $950 000
    (Hampton)

  15. Tavaris Jackson – QB – Seattle Seahawks – $840 000
    (Alabama State)

  16. Kenrick Ellis – DT – New York Jets – $707 500
    (Hampton)

  17. Don Carey – S – Detroit Lions – $680 000
    (Norfolk State)

  18. Phillip Adams – CB – Oakland Raiders – $630 000
    (South Carolina State)

  19. Terron Armstead – T – New Orleans Saints – $559 359
    (Arkansas Pine-Bluff)

  20. Rafael Bush – S – New Orleans Saints – $555 000
    (South Carolina State)

  21. Rashean Mathis – DB – Detroit Lions – $555 000
    (Bethune-Cookman)

  22. Joe Anderson – WR – Chicago Bears – $480 000
    (Texas Southern)

  23. Anthony Levine – S – Baltimore Ravens – $480 000
    (Tennessee State)

  24. Larry Donnell – TE – New York Giants – $405 000
    (Grambling State)

  25. Marquette King – P – Oakland Raiders – $405 000
    (Fort Valley State)

  26. Kevin Elliot – WR – Buffalo Bills – $303 000
    (Florida A&M)

  27. Adrian Hamilton – OLB – Baltimore Ravens – $303 000
    (Prairie View A&M)

  28. Saeed Lee – CB – Atlanta Falcons – $288 000
    (Alabama State)

Sources: NFL.com, The Guardian, Spotrac

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