NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young initially got his start as a signal-caller in the United State Football League thanks to a big money offer from the Los Angeles Express that the NFL could not match at the time.
Young signed a $36 million deal that was set to pay him out the money over a whopping 43 years, according to Sports Illustrated, which means Young is still getting paid to play quarterback to this day. It was a pretty smart move for Young to make that initial deal in the USFL, because it is still paying off in a big way.
In fact, Young will make $1 million in 2014, which is more than the base salary of current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Young will continue to get paid from the USFL contract until the final years when he will be making $3 million per year to talk about football and enjoy the life of a retired NFL great.
It’s a pretty solid source of income.
If every football player could sign a contract that would pay them $1 million annually following the end of their playing days, you wouldn’t have holdouts on a yearly basis.