NFL champion's absurd $1.4 million splurge on his body

Chris Young
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Russell Wilson is pictured with his wife Ciara.
Russell Wilson has revealed he spends more than a million dollars every year on personal training and recovery in a bid to remain in the NFL in his 40s. Pictures: Getty Images/Instagram

American sports are serious business, with the millions of dollars earned annually by the top athletes in the NFL and NBA a far cry from the six-figure contracts more commonly seen in Australia.

That money paid to the best of the best doesn’t go to waste either, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson revealing he spends at least $1.4 million (AUD) a year on maintaining his body.

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Speaking on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Wilson, who last year signed a four-year, $195 million contract with the Seahawks, said he spends such a considerable amount on his body so he can remain in the NFL until he reaches his 40s.

“I have a whole performance team. I’ve got a whole group,” Wilson said.

“I’ve got a full-time trainer that travels with me everywhere, and works with (his wife) Ciara, too.”

“I have a full-time massage person. We have two chefs, we have a whole performance team.”

Wilson said he adheres to his strict recovery program every day of the year, with the possible exception of Christmas - but even then he might still be working if he has a game.

“I do 365,” Wilson said.

“The only time I don’t — I probably do 363.

“The reality is Christmas, depending on the circumstances, and usually, I do because I usually have a game around then, and Thanksgiving.”

Buccaneers edge Giants in tight NFL clash

Lacklustre for much of the game, Tom Brady did what he does best in the second half to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comeback 25-23 NFL win over the New York Giants.

Brady threw touchdowns passes to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans as the Bucaneers overcame an early 11-point deficit to secure their sixth win of the season.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had passed Brady on Sunday for most career touchdown throws but the six-time Super Bowl champ is now back on top with 561.

Tom Brady quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comeback win over the New York Giants. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Tom Brady quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comeback win over the New York Giants. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Evans' diving 8-yard catch provided the go-ahead points.

But Tampa Bay (6-2) had to sweat it out.

Daniel Jones drove New York (1-7) 70 yards in 13 plays and connected with Golden Tate for a 19-yard touchdown with 28 seconds remaining.

Antoine Winfield Jr. broke up the two-point conversion pass to Dion Lewis, and Justin Watson covered the ensuing onside kick to seal the Buccaneers' victory.

"We obviously didn't play the way we're capable of, but it was good to get a win," Brady said.

With AAP

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