NFL: Ranking the Best Homes Owned by Players

Ben SullivanCorrespondent IJune 20, 2011

NFL: Ranking the Best Homes Owned by Players

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    NFL players make some serious money. And what better way to spend that cash than on huge expensive houses?

    Whether it’s the location, how big the kitchen is, or that it has close to a half-dozen fireplaces, the places that NFL players call home can be over the top.

    Here are 15 of the biggest, best and most expensive homes owned by the gridiron warriors we enjoy watching on Sundays.

15. Cortland Finnegan

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    Cortland Finnegan has made a career out of being the player who best gets under the skin of the other team. 

    He’s also parlayed his ability to start fights with other players into this home located in the upscale Annandale community of Brentwood, Tenn. 

    Worth $1.5 million, the house comes with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a three-car garage.

14. Chad Ochocinco

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    The outspoken wideout, who went so far as to change his name to his jersey number, is bound to have a nice house. 

    Ochocinco lives in this $1.3 million dollar house with 6,800 square feet of space. 

    Not a bad place for sure, but I for one thought the guy who rode a bull for fun would have gone a little more overboard when it came to his real estate.

13. Matt Birk

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    It turns out protecting ball carriers and carving out holes for them can pay pretty well too.

    Birk has been one of the best linemen in the game for over a decade now, and it earned him this Maryland home when he signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. 

    Birk's brick house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and is worth $1.6 million.

12. Michael Turner

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    Michael Turner has been one of the better running backs in the NFL the past two years, so he’s certainly earned the right to come home to this Georgia estate. 

    The house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms on one acre of land. It set Turner back a cool $2 million in 2008.

11. Devin Hester

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    The speedy wide receiver and return specialist lives in a six-bedroom, eight-bathroom brick home outside Chicago. 

    The house has its own tennis court, somewhere I would bet it’s pretty hard to get a ball past the athletic Hester.

10. Kyle Boller

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    After being a first-round pick in Baltimore, Boller has finally settled in on the Oakland Raiders roster. 

    He’s also settled into this California home. Originally from the west coast, Boller is ready to finally try and live up to expectations. 

    The house comes with four bedrooms and four bathrooms and cost $2.55 million. 

    Oh yeah, and he gets to share it with a former Miss California USA.

9. Shaun O'Hara

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    Not one to let all the good homes go to the skill players, New York Giants offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara calls this New Jersey house his home. 

    The stately mansion has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms on over 7,000 square feet. 

    O’Hara paid $2.7 million for the house in 2008.

8. Matt Schaub

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    Everything’s bigger in Texas. Especially the home of the local starting quarterback. 

    Schaub resides in a 9,000 square foot, four-bedroom, six-bathroom palacial estate, located in West Houston. 

    Now all Schaub needs to do is get the Texans into the playoffs.

7. Chad Pennington

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    Quarterbacks have all the fun, even average ones. 

    Pennington bought this Florida home in 2008 when he signed with the Dolphins to be their quarterback. His time as the starter in Miami didn’t last long; luckily, this awesome house isn’t going anywhere on him. 

    The house has six bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus nothing says luxury like marble columns around your bathtub.

6. Philip Rivers

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    The starting quarterback in San Diego had better have a nice pad. Philip Rivers doesn’t disappoint. 

    The talented young quarterback rests his head in this SoCal mansion after he tears it up on the field in Qualcomm Stadium. 

    The house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and cost Rivers $3.299 million in 2009.

5. Charles Woodson

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    Charles Woodson is the veteran leader of the reigning Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers defense. 

    He’s also the owner of this sweet place in Orlando, FL. Woodson paid $3.65 million for the three-acre, 8,000 square foot home. 

    The house has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, a basketball court and was previously owned by fellow NFL defensive back Brian Dawkins.

4. Brandon Marshall

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    The Miami Dolphin wide receiver bought his home in Southwest Ranches, FL in 2009 for $4.15 million. 

    The house has over 11,000 square feet and sits on 2.4 acres. It has a really nice pool and an outdoor basketball court, perfect for sunny Florida. 

    The perfect place for a receiver to relax after he’s scored the winning touchdown.

3. Troy Polamalu

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    An aggressive hard hitter on the field, Polamalu doesn’t hold back when it comes to his real estate either. 

    He bought this six-bedroom, six-full and two-half-bathroom house in 2009. Located in La Jolla, Calif., it has all the outdoor amenities you would expect from a Southern California spread. 

    Purchased for $4.75 million, the house sits on 1.75 acres.

2. Peyton Manning

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    Manning is said to have many properties, but his primary residence is located near the Meridian Hill Country Club. 

    Estimated to be worth $7.5 million, most of that price is due to its close location next to the golf course. 

    Manning’s house may not be the biggest house on the list, but sometimes in real estate, location is all that matters.

1. Tom Brady

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    The Super Bowl-winning quarterback and his supermodel wife are active players in the real estate market. 

    They currently live in a lavish condo located in the upscale Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. The three-bed, 3.5-bath penthouse is in one of the most sought-after locations in the country. 

    If that wasn’t enough, Brady and his wife are currently building a massive mansion in California, rumored to be worth north of $20 million.