NFL players have to travel across the country to get to games. The distances are too far to hop in a bus so teams hit the skies! But are NFL teams cruising in the latest Gulf Stream or are all crammed up in a commercial economy flight? Let’s find out!
Do NFL Players Fly Commercial? NFL players never fly commercial. Some teams such as the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots own their own private jets while most teams charter flights. The preferred airline for NFL chartered flights is Delta.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to strike up a conversation with your favorite NFL player on the plane even if you are sitting in first class! And lucky for the NFL players they don’t have to spend hours cramped in a commercial flight being bombarded with stupid questions or having babies scream in their ears.
NFL players are not small people standing on 6 ft 2 and weighing 245 pounds. So it makes sense that NFL teams would like to give their players extra space and comfort especially after playing a grueling game of football. Some NFL teams have their specially designed private jets with extra comfy leather seats which can swivel and huge amounts of leg room.
The private jets also feature lounge zones, beds and TVs so NFL players can fully relax when travelling to a from games. During private jet flights many NFL players like watching movies, playing cards or listening to their favorite songs. You will also spot a lot of athletes taking a nap. With players burning over 1000 calories in a single NFL game we don’t blame them if they want to have a nap and recharge!
Do NFL Teams Fly Home Right After Games?
NFL teams fly home immediately after home games. They schedule flights within 2 hours after the completion of games. NFL players have to quickly shower, do their media engagements and then rush to the airport to grab their charter flight.
Don’t worry if an NFL player is late the plane will wait for them! One of the major reasons NFL teams opt to fly private or charter planes is because of the logistic issues and the number of players and staff. By hiring planes NFL teams can decide exactly when they want to leave and where they want to go. Trying to constantly book tickets for NFL players and deal with layovers and delays would be a logistical nightmare. Could you imagine trying to get out of Green Bay at 11pm?
NFL teams don’t like to hang around after away games because they want their players back in their beds and fully rested for the next week of training. The NFL is a very intense environment where every waking is used effectively. Coaches want their players ready to go the next day to perform their recovery and go through tape of the game. There is no time for sightseeing or hanging out in the hotel as teams need to prepare for their next opponent.
Do NFL Players Pay For Flights?
All flights to and from NFL games are paid for by the team. NFL players do not have to pay for any work related flights including media obligations or official team or NFL events. It is estimated an NFL teams spends $4 million per season on flights alone!
Hopping from one charter flight to the next is not cheap! Fortunately, NFL players can save their big salaries and spend it on other luxuries as the team foots the bill. An NFL team will pay for all of player’s official travel that includes travelling to and from games and to events.
If NFL players had to pay for their own flights many wouldn’t make much money as seats on private jets are not cheap! Players could easily spend $100,000 or more simply getting to and from games!