Three Miami football alums top 50 in all-time NFL career earnings

Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami football alums Calais Campbell, Andre Johnson and Ray Lewis are on the all-time list of NFL Career earnings. The list was compiled by 247 Sports. All three players were fortunate to play in an era when the salaries in the NFL began to climb at an unprecedented pace. They entered the NFL at different times.

Lewis entered the NFL as the 26th pick in the first round of the 1996 Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Johnson was the third pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Campbell was the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. When they played impacted their earnings.

Per the 247 list, Lewis earned $97.5 million during his 17-year career. Lewis spent his entire career in Baltimore. The Ravens won Superbowl XXXV with Miami football legend Lewis being named the MVP after the 2000 season and XLVII following the 2012 season. Lewis was 50th all-time on the career earnings list.

Johnson spent the first 12 years of his NFL career with Houston and one season each with the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. Johnson finished his career with $106 million in earnings. A likely future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Johnson made seven Pro Bowl teams and was named NFL All-Pro twice.

Johnson twice led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards. Five years post retirement, Johnson ranks 11th in career receptions and receiving yards. Johnson will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022. Johnson finished 40th all-time on the career earnings list.

Campbell is entering his 13th season in the NFL with the Ravens. After being drafted by Arizona, Campbell spent his first nine years with the Cardinals. In 2017, Campbell signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Campbell earned the 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year in his first season in Jacksonville.

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Campbell spent three seasons with Jacksonville before being traded to Baltimore. Campbell is entering his second season with the Ravens. In addition to his 2017 DPOY, Campbell has been named to six Pro Bowls and was first-team All-Pro in 2017. Campbell is 29th on the all-time list with $118.1 million in earnings.