Terry Crews Went From Sweeping Floors to Amassing a $25M Fortune Post-NFL

Terry Crews, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, previously played in the National Football League for five years. The American actor, television host, and professional football player was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1991 NFL Draft and had previously played for the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins (now known as the Commanders), and Philadelphia Eagles.

Crews recently admitted that he did not gain fortune during his NFL career, unlike several other players. During an interview on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, the actor revealed that his 6-month stint on the Green Bay Packers’ practice roster resulted in a weekly salary of only $150, according to CNBC Make It.

“I would have made more money at McDonald’s,” Crews remarked. “That’s the reality.” Wisconsin’s hourly minimum pay was reportedly $4.25 that year, which was the same as the federal minimum wage. That meant that someone working at a fast food restaurant would have earned $170 for a 40-hour weekly stint.

To supplement his income, The Expendables actor stated he offered to paint images of his former teammates for a price. “When I was cut from a team, I’d go back in the locker room and ask the players if they wanted their portraits painted,” he said, adding that he charged around $5,000 for his services.

In 2018, Crews revealed to CNBC Make It that after retiring from the NFL, he still faced financial troubles. He shared that a former teammate lent him money after he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

However, he ended up working as a factory floor sweeper after his ex-teammate quit aiding him financially. Crews also stated that he was paid $8 per hour at the time, and that he later worked as a security guard for movie and television companies. Although he was paid $12 per hour, this employment helped him break into the entertainment world.

Crews apparently has a net worth of $25 million. According to him, his current riches stems from his passion for the arts, particularly acting, and his dedication to it. In other words, his riches stems nearly entirely from his job after leaving the NFL.

The crew compensation for America’s Got Talent is $1.5 million per season, which equates to around $68,000 per episode over the course of 22 episodes. According to a report, he earned approximately $80,000 every episode on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Last year, he took over as CEO and co-founder of Super Serious, a creative company that specializes in providing entertainment through movies, TV series, music, concerts, art, books, events, original and sponsored content.

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