HBCU Money™ Presents: 2016’s HBCU Alumni NFL Players’ & Salaries


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In our 4th annual installment of tracking the highest paid HBCU alumni who are NFL players, Tennessee State University, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie claims the top spot. This is the first year that the Indianapolis Colts have not had the highest paid HBCU player.

HBCU Money™ FACTS:

  • HBCU NFL players combine for $56.4 million, an almost 10 percent increase from 2015, when HBCU NFL players earned $51.44 million.
  • South Carolina State University leads the way with 5 NFL players.
  • 15 HBCUs are represented in the NFL. Up from 14 in 2015.
  • Average salary for HBCU NFL players is $2.08 million, an increase from $2 million in 2015.
  • Median salary for HBCU NFL players is $965 000, down 15 percent from 2015.

D. Rodgers-Cromartie – Tennessee State University

Cornerback / New York Giants / $8.0 million

William Hayes – Winston-Salem State University

Defensive End / St. Louis Rams / $7.0 million

Antoine Bethea – Howard University

Safety / San Francisco 49ers /$6.02 million

Marquette King – Fort Valley State University

Punter / Oakland Raiders / $5.05 million

Robert Mathis – Alabama A&M University

Outside Linebacker / Indianapolis Colts / $5.0 million

Chris Baker – Hampton University

Defensive End / Washington Redskins / $4.27 million

Kendall Langford – Hampton University

Defensive End / Indianapolis Colts / $4.25 million

Terron Armstead – University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Left Tackle / New Orleans Saints / $3.07 million

Larry Donnell – Grambling State University

Tight End / New York Giants / $1.67 million

Rafael Bush – South Carolina State University

Free Safety / Detroit Lions / $1.26 million

Anthony Levine – Tennessee State University

Free Safety / Baltimore Ravens / $1.2 million

Eric Weems – Bethune-Cookman University

Wide Receiver / Atlanta Falcons/ $1.1 million

Don Carey – Norfolk State University

Strong Safety / Detroit Lions / $1.0 million

Justin Durant – Hampton University

Inside Linebacker / Dallas Cowboys / $965,000

Greg Toler – Saint Paul’s College

Cornerback / Washington Redskins / $840,000

Ryan Davis – Bethune-Cookman University

Defensive End / Dallas Cowboys / $675,000

Rodney Gunter – Delaware State University

Defensive End / Arizona Cardinals / $652,479

Javon Hargrave – South Carolina State University

Defensive Tackle / Pittsburgh Steelers / $623,314

Demetrius Rhaney – Tennessee State University

Center / St. Louis Rams / $611,474

Isaiah Crowell – Alabama State University

Running Back / Cleveland Browns / $603,334

Ryan Smith – North Carolina Central University

Cornerback / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / $598,040

Joe Thomas – South Carolina State University

Outside Linebacker / Green Bay Packers / $525,000

Temarrick Hemingway – South Carolina State University

Tight End / St. Louis Rams / $489,896

Antonio Hamilton – South Carolina State University

Safety / Oakland Raiders / $450,000

Anthony Lanier – Alabama A&M University

Defensive End /Washington Redskins / $450,000

Chester Rogers – Grambling State University

Wide Receiver / Indianapolis Colts / $450,000

Zamir Charles – Stillman College

Defensive Tackle / San Diego Chargers / $333,000

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