Winning as an NFL coach can open numerous doors for successful coaches. Many have parlayed their careers into lucrative endeavors, making tens of millions of dollars on and off the field. Let’s take a closer look at the richest coaches of all time.
7. Gary Kubiak: $18 million
Gary Kubiak was a backup quarterback to John Elway during his playing career with the Broncos. Following his time as an athlete, he eventually served as the offensive coordinator for Denver before becoming the head coach of the Houston Texans.
After several years there, when he managed to go .500 every year, Kubiak was let go. Then, he completed the cycle and became head coach of the Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning as his quarterback.
6. Andy Reid: $20 million
It’s no surprise Andy Reid is on this list. While he’s never won the Super Bowl, his teams are almost always contenders, proving his impressive longevity. Reid’s tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles included four NFC championship game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance.
With Kansas City, he’s turned the Chiefs into a perennial playoff contender. They qualified for the AFC title game last season, ultimately dropping it to New England.
5. Pete Carroll: $20 million
Only one other head coach on this list has mixed professional and collegiate success quite like Pete Carroll. After a few mediocre stints in the NFL coaching ranks, Carroll won two national championships at the University of Southern California with college greats like Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White.
Carroll later became head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, where he won a Super Bowl in 2014. Off the field, he is in high demand as a motivational speaker.
4. Don Shula: $30 million
Don Shula is the winningest NFL head coach of all time with 328 victories. Only Bill Belichick, currently sitting at 259, is even close among active coaches.
Shula won two Super Bowls as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, leading the team through several dominant eras: the early ’70s crew of Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and Mercury Morris, and the ’80s and ’90s teams led by Dan Marino. Following his successful coaching career, Shula lent his name to a successful steakhouse franchise.
3. Mike Shanahan: $30 million
Mike Shanahan had some impressive paydays during his coaching career. He won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos in the late ’90s. After leaving the Broncos and taking a break from coaching, Shanahan returned in 2010 with the Washington Redskins, who signed him to a seven-year, $35 million contract.
Shanahan’s tenure in Washington was messy. The acquisition of Donovan McNabb proved to be a disaster and the early promise of Robert Griffin III never came to fruition. Despite his big contract, Shanahan was fired in 2013.
2. Bill Belichick: $35 million
With six Super Bowls to his name, is it any wonder Belichick is so high on this list? Despite being the third all-time winningest coach and the second richest coach of all time, few would argue that Belichick is the greatest head coach of all time.
After an early career hiccup with the Cleveland Browns, Belichick has found dynastic success in New England. Plenty of credit can be given to quarterback Tom Brady, but Belichick has done a masterful job identifying talent and motivating them to get results.
1. Jimmy Johnson: $40 million
Before Jimmy Johnson won two consecutive Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, he won a national championship at the University of Miami. After many disagreements with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, he left Dallas to join the Fox NFL Sunday pre-game crew.
Johnson returned to coaching with the Miami Dolphins for four seasons, never winning more than 10 games there. After his Miami stint, he found himself back in the TV studio, where he’s remained ever since.