BY Abu Mubarik, 4:02pm June 19, 2024,

Terry Crews swept floors after NFL career but reportedly built a $25M fortune, here’s how

Terry Crews had a fiver-year stint in the NFL -- Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Before breaking into the limelight as one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, Terry Crews had a 5-year stint in the National Football League. The American actor, television host, and former football player was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1991 NFL Draft and also played for other teams including the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins (now known as the Commanders), and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Although some NFL players have amassed wealth from playing in the league, Crews recently revealed that wasn’t the case for him. In an interview on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, the actor said being on the Green Bay Packer’s practice roster in 1993 saw him earning only $150 weekly during a 6-month period, CNBC Make It reported.

“I would have made more money at McDonald’s,” said Crews. “That’s the reality.” Wisconsin’s hourly minimum wage in that year was said to be $4.25 – which was the same amount federally. That meant any person working at a fast food restaurant would have been paid $170 for a 40-hour weekly shift. 

To make extra money to cushion his finances, The Expendables actor said he offered to paint pictures of his former teammates for a fee. “When I got cut [from a team, I’d] go back in the locker room and ask the players if they wanted their portraits painted,” he recalled, adding that he charged about $5,000 for his services.

Crews, however, told CNBC Make It in 2018 that he continued facing financial challenges after he retired from the NFL. He said a former teammate used to lend him money after he relocated to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming an actor.

But he ended up working as a factory floor sweeper after his ex-teammate stopped assisting him financially. Crews also said he was paid $8 an hour at the time, adding that he was eventually employed as a security guard for movie and television studios. And though he was paid $12 per hour, that job helped him break into the entertainment industry.

Today, Crews has reportedly built a $25 million net worth. According to him, his wealth today is from pursuing his love of the arts, especially acting, and giving it his all. In other words, his fortune is almost exclusively from his work after playing in the NFL.

Crews’ salary for America’s Got Talent is $1.5 million per season, which is about $68,000 per episode over a 22-episode season. For Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he made around $80,000 per episode, according to this report. Last year, he became the CEO and co-founder of Super Serious, a creative venture whose focus is to provide entertainment through features, TV series, music, concerts, art, books, events, original and branded content. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: June 19, 2024


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