The matchup is set. The New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
While there is no denying the importance of every player in the biggest game of the year, the quarterback position is the one that will receive the most attention. With that in mind, we’re breaking down the salaries and statistics for these two great players. One is on the precipice of greatness, the other trying to solidify his legacy.
The 2015 Super Bowl Quarterback Stats
Before we get into the dollars and cents, let’s take a close look at each Super Bowl quarterback’s 2014 postseason statistics.
Brady: 593 passing yards, 65.9 CMP %, 6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.
Wilson: 477 passing yards, 56.9 CMP %, 4 touchdowns, 4 interceptions.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.
The 2015 Super Bowl Quarterback Salaries
Before the playoffs, Brady and Wilson both led their team to an identical 12-4 record.
Last year’s Super Bowl saw Peyton Manning and his $15 million salary take on Russell Wilson and his $526,217 salary. As you probably recall, money meant nothing in this game with the Seahawks trouncing the Broncos 43-8.
The salary disparity between Brady and Wilson may not be as large, but it is still worth noting.
According to Spotrac, Brady earned $14,120,000 for his services in 2014, making him the 23rdhighest paid player in the league. On the flipside, Wilson only pulled down $749,176, which is good for 995th place in the NFL.
Why the big difference again this year? Simply put, Manning and Brady are both veteran quarterbacks who have signed huge contracts. Wilson, on the other hand, is a young player in the third year of a 4 year/$2,996,70 contract. Once it comes time to negotiate a new contract, you can be rest assured that Wilson will be paid on par with the league’s other top quarterbacks.
Now that you know the numbers, both on and off the field, there is only one question left to answer: which quarterback will lead his team to the biggest win of the NFL season?