Professional football players are in the “middle of the pack” when it comes to salary contracts. Most probably disagree with that statement, but it’s true—it has to be. They don’t play 82 games like basketball players. They don’t play 162 games like baseball players. Professional football players play a whopping 17 games, and most of the time that’s one game per week maybe two! So for them to sign extraordinarily high salaries like baseball players would be uneconomical. But, that’s not to say there aren’t contract signings out there that won’t make your heart skip a beat. You probably guessed it, Darrelle Revis, touted as the second best cornerback in the NFL, recently signed with his old team, the New York Jets. His contract is worth $70 million dollars over 5 years with 39 million guaranteed. Now, if you average that out per game per season (assuming one season=one year), that comes out to an astronomical $460K/game…and that’s just with the money that is guaranteed to him. If you use the numbers of his full contract, the dollar amount sky-rockets to $820K/game. I don’t know about you, but I would be happy just playing one game!

According to the Professional Football Player’s Association, the average age of a professional football player is 35 years. Revis is currently 30 years old, is probably at his peak in terms of performance, and his contract will end at the current average age. I think he has the deal of all deals for any athlete in sports right now. Surprising, though, is Revis tore his ACL while playing for the Jet’s which is why he was traded to the Buc’s in 2012-13. Now the tides have turned and the Jet’s offer him this ridiculously high salary. Do you think the management is worried about his ACL tear? I wouldn’t be. Although a very devastating injury to most, surgical treatment and therapy now-a-days is so sophisticated that athletes usually come back as strong as or stronger than they were previously.

So the next time you think an injury may hinder your favorite player’s chance at playing again (and playing for a max contract) think back to Darrelle Revis and the new deal he has coming up…congrats Mr. Revis!  If you sustain an injury while playing sports, please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

By Nrupa Sha