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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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots smiles during warm up against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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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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    KANSAS CITY - OCTOBER 19:  Cortland Finnegan #31 of the Tennessee Titans walks on the field during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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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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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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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    BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 1:  Matt Birk #77 of the Baltimore Ravens bleeds from a cut on his nose after the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 30-7. (Photo by Larry Fr
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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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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 02:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons runs upfield during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on January 2, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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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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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears smiles after returning a punt 89 years for a touchdown in the 4th quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on October 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 2
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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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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Kyle Boller #7 of the Oakland Raiders passes against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 2, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13:  Shaun O'Hara #60 of the New York Giants looks on from the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Matt Schaub #8 of Houston Texans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at Land Shark Stadium on September 21, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Colts defeated the Dolphins 27-23.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Imag
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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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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers plays in the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross
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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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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers smiles while taking on the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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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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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins stands on the field during the NFL season opener against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Dolphins won 15-10. (Photo
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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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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers follows the play during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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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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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Imag
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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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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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.