HBCU Money™ Presents: 2014’s HBCU Alumni NFL Players’ & Salaries


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For the 2nd year in a row, Robert Mathis (pictured above), an alum of Alabama A&M University leads the list of highest paid HBCU NFL players.

HBCU Money™ FACTS:

  • NFL teams spent $3.9 billion of 2013’s $4.2 billion available.
  • HBCU NFL players combine for $57.1 million down 3.5 percent when HBCU NFL players earned $59.2 million in salaries. Estimated take home after taxes and agent/lawyer fees is $28.6 million.
  • Hampton University leads the way with 5 NFL players.
  • 15 HBCUs are represented in the NFL. Down from 19 in 2013.
  • MEAC conferences has 6 schools represented. The SWAC dropped to 2 schools represented after having 6 in 2013.
  • HBCU NFL players represent approximately 1.7 percent of roster positions available. Unchanged from 2013.
  • Average salary for HBCU NFL players is $2 million, a decrease from $2.1 million in 2013. In 2011, the average NFL salary was $1.9 million according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Median salary for HBCU NFL players is $1 135 000, a 27 percent increase from 2013. In 2011, the median NFL salary was $777 000 according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • 4 players from 2013 are no longer on the list.

1 – Robert Mathis / DE / Indianapolis Colts – $8 750 000

(ALABAMA A&M) 

2 – Kendall Langford / DE / St. Louis Rams – $6 000 000

(HAMPTON) 

3 – Greg Toler  / CB / Indianapolis Colts – $4 833 333

(ST. PAUL’S)

4 – Sammie Hill / DT / Tennessee Titans – $4 066 666

(STILLMAN)                                                                                                           

5 – William Hayes / DE / St. Louis Rams – $3 845 000

(WINSTON-SALEM STATE)                                                                                  

6 – Jason Hatcher / DE / Washington Redskins – $3 750 000

(GRAMBLING STATE)                                                                                           

7 – Antoine Bethea / S / San Francisco 49ers – $3 000 000

(HOWARD)                                                                                                       

8 – Junior Galette / OLB / New Orleans Saints – $2 900 000

(STILLMAN)                                                                                                      

9 – D. Rodgers-Cromartie / CB / Denver Broncos – $2 750 000

(TENNESSEE STATE)                                                                                      

10 – Chris Baker / DL / Washington Redskins – $2 000 000

(HAMPTON)                                                                                                     

11 – Jacoby Jones / WR / Baltimore Ravens – $1 875 000

(LANE)                                                                                                                

12 – Rafael Bush / S / New Orleans Saints – $1 850 000

(SOUTH CAROLINA STATE)                                                                        

13 – Jason Durant / LB / Dallas Cowboys – $1 450 000

(HAMPTON)                                                                                                      

14 – Tarvaris Jackson / QB / Seattle Seahwaks – $1 250 000

(ALABAMA STATE)                                                                                         

15 – Rashean Mathis / CB / Detroit Lions – $1 020 000

(BETHUNE-COOKMAN)                                                                                

16 – Don Carey / S / Detroit Lions – $930 000

(NORFOLK STATE)                                                                                         

17 – Kenrick Ellis / DT / New York Jets – $797 500

(HAMPTON)                                                                                                      

18 – Phillip Adams / CB / New York Jets – $770 000

(SOUTH CAROLINA STATE)                                                                       

19 – Eric Weems / WR / Atlanta Falcons – $730 000

(BETHUNE-COOKMAN)                                                                               

20 – Terron Armstead / T / New Orleans Saints – $679 359

(TENNESSE STATE)                                                                                        

21 – Marquette King / P / Oakland Raiders – $570 334

(FORT VALLEY STATE)                                                                                  

22- Ryan Davis / DE / Jacksonville Jaguars – $495 000

(BETHUNE-COOKMAN)                                                                              

23 – Larry Donnell / TE / New York Giants – $495 000

(GRAMBLING STATE)                                                                                    

24 – Anthony Levine / S / Baltimore Ravens – $495 000

(TENNESSEE STATE)                                                                                      

25 – Bryan Tyms / WR / New England Patriots – $495 000

(FLORIDA A&M)                                                                                            

26 – Kadeem Edwards / T / Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $473 000

(TENNESSEE STATE)                                                                                    

27 – Isaiah Crowell / RB / Cleveland Browns – $423 333

(ALABAMA STATE)                                                                                        

28 – Michael Ola / T / Chicago Bears – $421 666

(HAMPTON)                                                                                                      

29 – Frank Kearse / DE / Washington Redskins – N/A

(ALABAMA A&M)

Sources: NFL.com, The Guardian, Spotrac

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