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We often think about the salaries that NFL players make and it blows our minds. Considering the fact that many of them make millions of dollars per year, it’s absolutely amazing that they get to do what they love and put a lot of coin in their pocket at the same time.

When you take a look at an NFL team, however, you quickly realize that there are more than the players on the field. There are also many others who are supporting them in the background, and that includes water boys.


Some people have wondered what those workers make when they work for an NFL team. Fortunately, you don’t have to wonder any longer because a former NFL player, Jake Thieneman, is giving us the answer in a viral TikTok video.

Jake is a regular poster on that social media platform and he often reveals information about his former job that most people don’t realize. This is a fairly common thing on TikTok, and it always brings in quite a crowd.

Photo: TikTok/@jake.thieneman

After posting about water boys, more than 300,000 people came to view the video in a single day. That is where Thieneman dropped the number and let everyone know that a water boy working for the NFL makes an average of $53,000 a year.

He also said that the number is not written in stone. Some teams may have more of a relationship with the water boy or they may have more experience. That could increase the amount that they make.

Photo: Flickr/Matt Barber License: CC BY 2.0

Thieneman went on to say: “Now, there’s a misconception that these people just hand out water and towels. These are trainers on the athletic training staff. Most of them have athletic training degrees or [physical therapy] degrees and are learning the craft of treating players’ injuries and helping guys stay healthy.”

If you are interested in getting started, he said that you should look for opportunities to be an apprentice. He doesn’t want you to look at it as just squirting water bottles, but as a stepping stone into something bigger.


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After posting this, many people were satisfied that they had an answer but others were upset because their pay was so much lower than the players.

At least we have the answer.