As the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos prepare to duke it out in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, we're searching for the most over-the-top house owned (previously or currently) by an NFL player. Yesterday, players from the AFC faced off, and now it's time for four NFC real estate match ups. Which lavish home trumps them all? Is it the 10,000-square-foot Arizona estate of Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen? The waterfront home of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch? Take to the polls below to decide.
Cam Newton vs. Russell Wilson:
Cam Newton, the young star quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, will arguably be the most impressive player on the field during Super Bowl 50, but does his 3,200-square-foot Charlotte condo (↑) match his excitement? Located in a small, seven-unit "high security" building, the condo features three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a built-in fish tank, a large terrace, loft-like exposed ceilings, and a famous neighbor: Michael Jordan. Newton purchased the pad in 2012 for $1.6 million.
Another young quarterback, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, lives a little bit differently over on the west coast. Wilson paid $6.7 million for a 10,700-square-foot mansion (↓) in the Meydenbauer Bay area of Bellevue, WA. It was formerly owned by a Microsoft bigwig, and it comes with a wine cellar, five fireplaces, seven bedrooms, and views of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle.
Jared Allen vs. Reggie Bush:
This coming Sunday may be Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen's first-ever Super Bowl appearance, but the California-native apparently already lived like a champ in a former Arizona estate. Clocking in at over 10,000 square feet, the bonafide desert mansion (↑) located in a gated North Scottsdale community features lavish double-height interiors with an iron staircase, huge stone pillars, temperature-controlled wine wall, home gym, and more than four acres of landscaped grounds touting an outdoor kitchen, diving pool and spa, and sweeping mountain and city views (it's still available, by the way.)
Another California native, San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush, also knows what it's like to live on top of it all: his Sunset Strip contemporary home (↓) has uninterrupted views of the L.A. skyline and the ocean. The roughly 5,000-square-foot home has all the makings of Hollywood party pad, including a pool with BBQ and lounge areas on extensive decking, upgraded home theater system, and a top-floor master bedroom suite with its own terrace lounge.
Patrick Peterson vs. Marshawn Lynch:
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson doesn't have to get away to relax: the $2.8M Tuscan-inspired desert estate (↑) he picked up in 2015 is like its own tropical resort. Surrounded by palm trees and a lagoon-style pool, the 7,800-square-foot main house offers breezy indoor-outdoor living, with glass walls and glass-paneled doors opening up dining, living, and a few bedrooms to the lush courtyard.
Meanwhile, Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch finds his perfect retreat in a $3.6M Bay Area home (↓) that sits right by the harbor. The five-bedroom home, equipped with a wine cellar, home theater, elevator, and expansive glass walls with gorgeous bay views, also comes with a 58-foot long boat dock. Not too shabby.
Richard Sherman vs. Robert Griffin III:
Compton, California-born Stanford graduate and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman bought his $2.3 million home in Maple Valley, Washington (↑), in 2014 from a fellow athlete, NBA star, L.A. Clippers point guard Jamal Crawford, a native of Seattle. The 9,345-square-foot, four-bedroom pad features such fancy amenities as a billiards room, basketball court, and indoor pool and hot tub, as well as more practical facilities, like a "personal beauty salon," reported Curbed Seattle. Richard, we understand.
In D.C., Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III snagged a $2.5 million, five-bedroom, six-bath home in the tony Creighton Farms community, outside the nation's capital in Leesburg, Virginia. The 8,819-square-foot home sits on just over three acres, and includes access to the community golf course and pool.