Total Players in the NFL

Updated July 24, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The Question:

Could you tell me how many players there are in the National Football League, and what the league's average salary is?

The Answer:

Each NFL team is allowed to have 53 players on its roster (plus a five-player practice squad). As of 2011, the NFL has 32 teams, making a total of 1,696 players. According to an estimate by Plunkett Research, the average NFL player salary in the 2010-2011 season was $1.9 million.

-The Editors

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