Who's the richest NFL player of all time? War veteran is a well-known conservative Republican

Roger Thomas Staubach aka the 'Captain America' of NFL played as a quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 to 1979


                            Who's the richest NFL player of all time? War veteran is a well-known conservative Republican
Roger Staubach receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Donald Trump (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

With the 2021 NFL season just around the corner, sports fans couldn't be more excited. The National Football League has dominated the sports world for nearly a century, since its foundation in 1920. There have been generations of players who have crafted glorious legacies and many of them still continue to reign in people's hearts long after their retirement. One such unparalleled legend happens to be Roger Thomas Staubach aka the "Captain America" of NFL, who played as a quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 to 1979. 

The 79-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio has been a Navy veteran in his youth, prior to his induction into the football field. His stupendous success with Dallas Cowboys shot him to the peak of popularity in his time. In fact, he still remains at the top in terms of net worth, among all NFL players of all time. Yes, even above the present-day legend Tom Brady

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Born on February 5, 1942, Staubach grew up in Silverton, Ohio. He served as a Boy Scout in school and graduated in 1960. Like many young men those days, Staubach entered the US Naval Academy in 1961, where he started playing football for the Navy Midshipmen team. Soon after his debut game in 1962, Staubach landed the opportunity to lead the historic Army-Navy game, which was attended by President John F Kennedy. He propelled his team to an impressive 34-14 victory over the Army team. 

During his junior season, Staubach's stunning success earned him the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy, and a feature on the October 1963 cover of Time Magazine. In 1965, Staubach chose to volunteer in Vietnam and served as a Supply Corps officer there in September 1967. Though Staubach was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1964 NFL Draft as a "future selection", he did not play professional football till 1969. He debuted as a professional quarterback for the team at the age of 27. After leading the Cowboys to stunning victories, he landed a record deal of $75,000 per year. In his illustrious career spanning a decade, he has been a Super Bowl MVP and led his team to become Super Bowl champions twice. He has also been named NFL Man of the Year in 1978 and awarded the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, Bert Bell Award, and Lamar Hunt Award. In 2018, he was bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Donald Trump. 

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Staubach has an estimated net worth of around $600 million. Much of it has been earned from his real estate firm The Staubach Company, which he co-founded in 1977. He served as the chairman and CEO till June 20, 2007. The following year, the company was sold to Jones Lang LaSalle for a staggering $613 million. In his personal life, Staubach has been married to Marianne Staubach for over 50 years and share five children with her. The 79-year-old is also a prominent conservative Republican and has also been considered as a political candidate himself. During John McCain's presidential campaign in 2007, Staubach was known to have accelerated a fundraiser for him.

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