Salary: $11.5 million per year
Rodney Harrison is one of the commentators on our list that has a less-than-stellar reputation rather than a good one. In 2004, the NFL safety man who played for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots was voted as the “dirtiest player” in the NFL by his peers, and then again in 2016. Harrison also went on to receive numerous suspensions and fees that ended up accumulating to around $200,000 for various small and explicit fouls.
Despite his sordid reputation, Harrison also achieved many records during his NFL career, from being the all-time leader in career Super Bowl tackles to having the most sacks of any NFL defensive back to this day. Since his retirement, he became an analyst for NBC Sports’ Football Night in America. The end of his NFL career was caused by a severe leg injury that occurred when he tore a muscle on the field in 2008.
Al McCoy - WHO
Salary: $200,000 per year
Al McCoy, also known as "The Voice of the Suns", is literally the oldest NBA broadcaster of all time. For over 40 years, almost since the beginning of the NBA, Al McCoy has been calling various NBA games with memorable catchphrases such as "Shazam!" and "Zing go the strings". If you want a living example of persistence, consistency, and perseverance, you need to look no further than Al McCoy's life.
During an interview, McCoy revealed that he almost ended up not calling the Suns' games, a feat which he has been doing for the last 47 years. The story goes that McCoy was offered the job by General Manager Jerry Colangelo, but wasn't sure that he wanted the job. Eventually, McCoy thought about it and decided to take the opportunity by the hands, and looking at his track record, it's safe to say he's damn happy about it. The veteran broadcaster recently published an autobiography called "The Real McCoy". To his credit, in his entire 40+ years of broadcasting, he has only missed one game due to illness.
Joe Theismann - NFL Network
Salary: $1 million per year
Joe Theismann is a businessman and former star quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN and the NFL Network. Many people follow him on Twitter for his offhand "play-by-play" commentary on NFL games. Theismann retired from football after 14 years due to a career-ending compound leg fracture during a Monday Night Football game. His injury was so bad that it was voted as the NFL's "Most Shocking Moment in History" in a poll by ESPN viewers.
Nowadays, the retired NFL player currently works for the NFL Network, is an owner of a restaurant and bar in Alexandria, Virginia, and even gives motivational speeches for corporations on topics such as leadership. Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, was nominated as the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1983 and in 1982 became a one-time Super Bowl champion. He has 3 children and was married 3 times, with the first 2 marriages and in-between relationships ending in bitter million-dollar lawsuits. On a happier note, the retired NFL player has appeared in several films and shows in recent years, including the 2019 romance film Snow Coming.
Bill Maas - Fox Sports
Salary: $100,000 per year
As a part-time popular NFL analyst, part-time real-estate broker, and generally an awesome dude, Bill Mass has been making the rounds over the years. Maas started out as a football player and quickly got drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984. Over-time he became acclaimed for his nose tackle and excellent pass rushing. Maas was also selected twice for the Pro Bowl and even chosen as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Since retiring in 1998, he has worked as a studio anchor and game analyst for the NFL.
Beyond his work in sports, Maas also did the right thing financially and chose to invest his income in real-estate and gradually build his portfolio. Maas is currently a real estate broker and invests in various rental properties. He is Vice President of the Block & Company, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri. The entrepreneur and retired NFL player got into some legal trouble a decade ago, when he was arrested at a traffic stop in Illinois for drug and weapon possession.
John Madden - CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC
Salary: $8 million per year
John Madden, one of the key figures behind the NFL's legacy, is just about the most recognizable name related to the NFL today. The former NFL player, coach, sportscaster and entrepreneur was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and led the Oakland Raiders to win the 1976 Super Bowl. He also received 16 Emmy Awards and came 2nd in Yahoo! Sports Top 50 All-Time Network Television Sports Announcers list. His lively and unique announcing style caused him to become one of the most beloved and popular sports newscasters of all time. Madden's biggest commercial success to date is his series of Madden NFL video-games, running since 1988 and published by EA Sports.
The series has been massively successful and had made him a personal profit through licensing his name to the game. Outside of the football scene, Madden has briefly appeared in various films and radio, he's also known to have a fear of flying and would often ride trains instead of airplanes to get to where he was needed. He owns a customized coach-bus called the Madden Cruiser and uses it to travel and get around the country.