Of all the top stats to consider when comparing this year’s Super Bowl quarterbacks, perhaps the one that stands out the most is the difference in their salaries.
Peyton Manning: $15,000,000 vs. Russell Wilson: $526,217
Last year's Super Bowl quarterbacks had a salary disparity of just under $7 million. That seemed like a lot at the time, but it's nothing when you consider the difference in this year's Super Bowl quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson: $14,473,783 million.
In fact, Peyton Manning was the highest paid player in the NFL this season, followed by Jared Allen, Eli Manning, Darrelle Revis and Tamba Hali, according to Spotrac.com. Wilson, in only his second season, doesn't come close.
Manning, however, had perhaps the greatest season for a quarterback in the history of the game. Wilson, meanwhile, was merely very good. Consider how much money each player got paid per touchdown.
Manning, of course, was practically bred to be a great quarterback. His father Archie was a standout NFL player and his younger brother, Eli, has already won two Super Bowls.
Wilson's pedigree, though, is not exactly lacking in athletic prowess. His grandfather, father and brother were all multi-sport athletes in college. His sister is merely considered one of the top high school basketball prospects in the country.
It's a sharp contrast. Manning is already a legend, though some feel he needs to win this Super Bowl to secure his legacy. Wilson, on the other hand, was 9 years old when Manning was drafted into the NFL. He's an apparently humble young player with seemingly nothing to lose It's hard to root against either player.
Manning is the highest paid player in the league, Wilson is drastically underpaid, and somehow they both seem like great values on their teams' respective payrolls.