Losing the Super Bowl hurts, but the players still receive a game check for their efforts
Losing always hurts, but no loss means more in the NFL than to fight all the way to the Super Bowl only to come up short. While the perks that come with the Lombardi Trophy are many, at least the losers on Super Sunday don't go away completely empty-handed.
Players from the team that loses Super Bowl LIV (54) in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 2, 2020 will get $62,000 for being one of the last two teams standing. Yes, the winners get $124,000 along with the trophy, the title of "world champion," the subsequent parade at home, and more, but something is better than nothing, right?
It may not help to know that players who win the Pro Bowl (i.e., a glorified exhibition game) the Sunday prior to the Super Bowl will get $70,000, but at least it's not the measly $7,500 the Kansas City Chiefs got for losing the first Super Bowl back in 1967.
Postseason shares are nothing new to the NFL, but the amount has certainly changed. Here's a comparison of this year's playoff shares to what they were back during the 1978 season (Super Bowl XIII). Even adjusting for inflation — $9,000 in 1978 is the equivalent of $35,500 in 2020 — players are getting a hefty pay raise.
|Game||2019 Season||1978 Season|
|Wild Card (div. winner)||$31,000||$3,000|
|Wild Card (other)||$28,000||$3,000|
|Super Bowl (losing team)||$62,000||$9,000|
|Pro Bowl (losing team)||$35,000||$2,500|
Source: 2019 NFL Postseason Media Guide
Losing the Super Bowl is a tough pill to swallow, but knowing you pocketed at least $149,000 in the process should take some of the sting away.