He’s the leader of the offense. The success or failure of a single pass could make or break a game for his team. The quarterback has a lot riding on him each time he steps onto the field.
After the helmet and pads come off, he transforms into a different man – hair slicked back, shades on, stepping into a hot sports car with his limited edition kicks. He’s a man known not only for his talent but also for his personal style.
For a pro athlete who works hard and plays hard, a wristwatch is more than an accessory – it’s a rite of passage that signifies you’ve made it. Some quarterbacks enter the watch world as ambassadors for their favorite brands. Others simply have an affinity for fine watches. Let’s take a look at what some of today’s top quarterbacks are wearing off the field.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is America’s quarterback, leading the New England Patriots. Over the course of his seventeen year career, he’s devoted himself to one team and led them to seven Super Bowls, more than any other player in the history of the sport. Even more impressive, Brady led the Patriots to win five of those Super Bowls – he’s one of only two players to do so, and the only player to win them all playing for one team.
Brady joined TAG Heuer as an ambassador in 2015 and was featured in the reboot of their classic, “Don’t crack under pressure” campaign. To commemorate his historic fifth Super Bowl win, the brand gifted him a one-of-a-kind Carrera Heuer Tourbillon with “5 Championships” engraved on the caseback. In 2017, he also collaborated with the brand on a limited edition watch, the Tom Brady Special Edition Heuer 01 Chronograph.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton’s pro-football career is just getting started, and he’s already shattered numerous records in just a few short years. He’s one of the only players to receive a Heisman Trophy, win a National Championship, and be selected as the first overall pick in the NFL draft in the same year. In his first year with the Panthers, he shattered NFL rookie records by throwing 400 yards in his first game, breaking legend Peyton Manning’s record by 120 yards. He also ran for fourteen touchdowns in his first season, breaking Steve Grogan’s 35-year-old record.
Off the field, Newton is known for his bold sense of style. From bright colors to outrageous hats, he believes in making his own rules when it comes to fashion. Accessories are a must to punctuate his fashion forward ensembles. To contrast his unique style, Newton keeps it simple and classic when it comes to watches. He’s a Rolex man, with a Day-Date and a couple Yacht-Master models in his growing collection.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Football runs in Eli Manning’s blood. He’s the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Although he may lack the consistent performance of his brother, Manning has held his own in the game over the course of his thirteen year career. He holds the NFL record for the most fourth-quarter passes in a season, and he was named MVP in each of his Super Bowl wins, making him one of only five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.
Manning has been an ambassador for Citizen for nearly ten years. He’s participated in the brand’s “Better starts now” campaign and helped to design multiple special edition watches with the brand over the years. You can find him wearing one of the Citizen Eco Drive models when he’s not working his iconic fourth quarter magic on the field.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is no stranger to making a comeback. Whether overcoming a rocky season back in his college days or helping to lead the Lions in his first year of pro-play, Stafford approaches the game with persistence and perseverance. In fact, he holds the NFL record for most comeback wins in a season. He’s also one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to throw over 5,000 yards in a season, and he’s the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards.
Stafford recently made headlines after signing a five-year contract extension for an impressive $135 million, making him the highest paid player in NFL history. He continues to invest his hard earned paychecks in Rolex. So far, he’s only got a couple models – a Daytona and a Sky-Dweller – but you can be sure to see his collection grow in the years to come.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson started his career with the Seahawks with a bang. In his first year as a pro, he tied Peyton Manning’s record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie. The next year, he led his team to their first ever Super Bowl victory. Wilson also won more games in his first four seasons than any other NFL quarterback, and he has the second highest career passer rating of all time behind Aaron Rodgers.
When it comes to Wilson’s style, he likes to keep it sophisticated, clean, and timeless. That’s precisely why he’s a Rolex man. Most often, you can catch him sporting one of the Daytona models, but with his career only starting to flourish, it wouldn’t be surprising if his collection continued to grow over the years.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
When Aaron Rodgers first joined the Packers in 2005, football legend Brett Favre was the team’s starting quarterback. Rodgers stepped into the starting position when Favre left the Packers in 2008, and he led the team to a Super Bowl victory that year. He’s currently the NFL’s all-time career leader in passer rating during the regular season and is the only quarterback to have a career passer rating over 100 over a full regular season. He also has the highest touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history.
When it comes to watches, Rodgers doesn’t limit himself to one particular brand. In fact, he’s a bit of a collector. When he’s not on the field, you could find him wearing any number of timepieces, like a Roger Dubuis Excaliber Chronograph, Patek Philippe Calatrava, or a Rolex Deepsea, just to name a few.