The NFL preseason is upon us (so don't forget to read our feature, Boat-Gating for Football Fans), and the teams are gearing up to give their all on the march to Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. But before the steady stream of blood, sweat, and tears, the players and coaches had part of the summer to soak up fun in the sun. Join us as we take a look at some of the most stunning and famous boats of the NFL, owned by players, coaches and owners.
Shahid Khan, Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars
The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars has a boat so incredible, it even has Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s seal of approval. In one of the hottest celebrity boating moments of summer 2018, Bey and JAY boarded Khan’s Kismet for a stunning family vacation in Italy. Reportedly worth more than $180 million, the 223-foot Kismet offers a pool with an inset jacuzzi, a firepit featuring a waterfall, two helipads, and a lounge that can turn into a disco nightclub, perhaps just in case he wants to celebrate a win with the Jaguars.
“That thing is just too sleek,” a local told Jacksonville.com after the boat docked in downtown Jacksonsville in 2012. “That thing is gorgeous.” We couldn’t agree more! Watch the Kismet in action in the video below.
Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots
Not every NFL boat has to be a massive superyacht — some actually have more sentimental value. That seems to be the case with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who reportedly makes $12.5 million per year after leading the Patriots to five Super Bowl championships and previously earning two as his time as an assistant coach for the Giants. Belichick’s boat is symbolic not of his wealth, but rather his victories: Following the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in February 2017, the 66-year-old NFL legend renamed his boat VII Rings in honor of the seven rings in his treasure chest. Barstool Sports gave fans a look at the freshly renamed boat via Twitter shortly after the win.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 20, 2017
The boat is regularly spotted in Cape Cod, where locals say their neighbor Belichick has thrown parties for the Patriots at his waterfront home in Mashpee, Massachusetts, over the years. And yes, he changes the name accordingly after each championship. A photo tweeted in July 2015 by Only in Boston shows when Belichick renamed his boat VI Rings after the Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, CBS Sports reported.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) July 17, 2015
Dan Snyder, Owner of the Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins owner was among a group of investors that shelled out about $70 million for the Lady Anne in 2011, according to the Washington Post, which said it was one of 100 largest yachts in the world at the time. Using a spiraling five-story staircase, guests can access numerous large decks and kick it in multiple salons, a theater, library, gym, and six staterooms where at least 16 players can hang their helmets. As for the design, Lady Anne reportedly features tons of marble, rosewood, Macassar ebony, goatskin parchment, and a mix of period and modern furnishings to give it the vibe of an “early 20th century ocean liner,” Mega Yacht News reported in 2011.
Russell Wilson, Quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks
With an $87 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson more than the means to treat himself. In 2015, the quarterback smacked down $6.7 million on a lakeside mansion in Bellevue, Washington, according to TMZ. It seems the 29-year-old footballer is making use of his private dock. “Even on a cloudy day. Nothin' better than a @SeaRayBoats #UnlimitedddWaves,” Wilson wrote of an Aug. 1 Instagram video showing him cruising around with a smile in a Sea Ray boat.
Wilson is also a fan of dropping the anchor and just chilling, as seen in a Facebook video of a jam session on the water a few years back.
Not every voyage is smooth sailing for Wilson, though. In May 2018, Wilson experienced some mechanical trouble on Lake Washington and turned to Mercer Island police for some help.
“Marine Patrol Officer Todd Roggenkamp and Marine Services Officer Levinson provided an assist for the big win,” the police captioned a selfie with Wilson aboard a boat on Facebook. “Here's hoping for a great year ahead for the Seahawks.”
Football Stars on Boats
If you’re curious about what football stars get up to on boats, look no further than these fun moments.
Tom Brady’s Throw in Monaco
Though Tom Brady skipped the voluntary part of organized team activities for the Patriots in May 2018, he still managed to show off his skills during his time in Monaco for the Monaco Grand Prix. Sponsor TAG Heuer’s cameras were on the quarterback as he threw passes from one yacht to another boat, where Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo was able to grab the ball. Watch the thrilling nautical-meets-football moment in the video below.
Before getting on the yacht, @danielricciardo was challenged to catch a ball launched at full speed by #TomBrady. Check out the video with @bellahadid and @gerihalliwell cheering them on! #DontCrackUnderPressure #TAGHeuerIsMotorRacing #F1 #MonacoGP #Monaco250 pic.twitter.com/NzKeMkduIz
— TAG Heuer (@TAGHeuer) May 27, 2018
Aaron Rodgers’ Break from Golf in Lake Tahoe
The crowd went wild at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe in July 2018 when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a break from golf to launch a football in the air from the 17th tee box. As Jason Aldean’s hit “She’s Country” played in the background, Rodgers threw the ball to a man on a boat in the nearby lake. Sure, the guy had to jump in the water in order to grab the ball, but it still counts! Watch it all go down in the video below.
Aaron Rodgers to the man going full send off the boat 💦 pic.twitter.com/6fN8ZKxapl
— NBCSAuthentic (@NBCSAuthentic) July 13, 2018
New York Giants Players Let Off Steam in Miami
In what would become one of the NFL’s most talked about boating moments, New York Giants players receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis posed on a boat after a night of partying in Miami in January 2017, just days after beating the Washington Redskins 19-10. The only problem? Days later, they went on to lose a playoff game to the Green Bay Packers 13-38. A Twitter user shared wide receiver Victor Cruz’s since-deleted photo of the day, writing, “So OBJ, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and Roger Lewis flew to Miami last night, went clubbing, and are on a boat. Living life. #Giants.”
— Justin Witmondt (@JustinWitmondt) January 2, 2017
After a controversy over the photo erupted, Cruz told the Timeout with Taylor Rooks podcast that he regretted it, saying in part that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” Looks like these guys won’t be seen on a boat until the offseason!