In recent years, plenty of people have argued the NFL Combine may have outlived its usefulness as the annual scouting event has gradually attracted more and more scrutiny.
However, based on what transpired at the gathering in 2023, there’s one man who’s likely very happy it’s still a thing: Anthony Richardson.
Richardson was overshadowed by a number of arguably more talented quarterbacks across the college football landscape during his time with the Florida Gators, but his potential became increasingly hard to ignore based on how he fared at the combine.
The 6’4″, 244-pound QB turned plenty of heads after running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, posting a vertical jump that clocked in at 40.5″, and recording 10’9″ in the broad jump (the last two were all-time records for players at his position).
That standout performance led to Richardson sitting down with more than 20 NFL teams, and reports suggest his performance in those interviews (combined with his physical prowess) helped him catapult near the top of many draft boards.
Now, there is some evidence that suggests Richardson’s impressive showing at the combine may not necessarily translate to success at the NFL level.
With that said, it sure looks like he’ll be on the receiving end of a very solid payday once the NFL Draft rolls around—although he’s already sitting on a pretty sizeable pile of cash thanks to how he fared in college.
Anthony Richardson has a solid net worth thanks to some major NIL deals
Richardson is one of the many student-athletes who were able to take advantage of the fairly newfound opportunity to profit off of their name, image, and likeness during his time in Gainesville.
The quarterback appeared in 12 games over the course of his first two seasons at the University of Florida. He reportedly signed a six-figure NIL deal in 2021, but he officially burst onto the scene when he earned the starting job ahead of the 2022 campaign.
You could argue he officially arrived when he helped lead the Gators to an upset over No. 7 Utah in September, as he posted 274 yards of cumulative offense with the help of 104 yards on the ground (and three touchdowns he took care of on his own).
It didn’t take long for The Brands to take notice.
Over the course of the fall, Richardson signed endorsement deals with Champs Sports, Gatorade, and Fanatics. He also undoubtedly benefitted from his contract with the “Gator Collective,” the booster fund that has allowed players at the school to take advantage of local sponsorship opportunities.
The nature of NIL deals means we typically don’t know exactly how much money student-athletes end up making. However, in November, On3 spoke with multiple sources who said Richardson had netted more than $1 million over the course of what turned out to be his final college season.
If we assume Richardson has held onto most of that money, it’s safe to assume his net worth is currently hovering around the one million dollar mark.
However, when you consider he’s currently projected to be one of the top ten players selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, he’s likely looking at a rookie contract worth at least $25 million—a number that could reach upwards of $40 million depending on how high he ends up going.
When you combine that with the endorsement deals he’ll likely ink once he officially joins an NFL team, Anthony Richardson will be doing very, very well for himself.