By Camille Salama
The NFL regular season is in the books. The AFC and NFC title games are done. Now it's up to the New England Patriots and New York Giants to whip the country into a lather when these two Northeastern teams head for the ultimate NFL showdown.
Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5, means finding the perfect place to party while rooting for Tom Brady's Patriots or Eli Manning's Giants. Of course, some NFL stars past and present are not exactly hurting when it comes to palatial digs big enough to host the neighbors.
Which one of these guys would you like to score an invite from to celebrate that unofficial national holiday?
NFL career: New England Patriots (2000-present)
The New England Patriots' MVP QB told the postgame crowd at Foxboro yesterday that he, well, kind of stunk it up against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC title game. But with an arm that will land him in the Football Hall of Fame, Brady doesn't have a lot to sweat -- at least on the football field. In real estate matters? Well, Brady's been a little down on his luck trying to sell his apartment in the Boston real estate market. After taking a $400,000 price cut from his original 2009 list price, the home was re-listed in early October for $10.5 million. The 5,311-square foot condo offers 3-plus bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a master suite, luxurious kitchen and a state-of-the-art gym.
Tom Brady's Home for Sale - $10.5 million
NFL career: Dallas Cowboys (2005-present)
From the looks of it, the All-Pro defensive end is moving up in the world of high-end real estate, listing his Dallas-area home for a cool $2 million. Not that surprising, considering the five-time Pro Bowler is the highest-paid Dallas Cowboy ever, signing a six-year, $78 million contract extension, $40 million of which was guaranteed. Ware's home is located in one of Dallas' finest gated communities and maxes out at a whopping 9,304-square feet of living space. The manse features four living areas, numerous bonus rooms, a wine porch, seven fireplaces, a theater room, and chef's kitchen.
DeMarcus Ware's Home for Sale - $2,198,000
NFL career: Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2011), Oakland Raiders (2011-present)
After an ongoing dispute between Palmer and Bengals president Mike Brown regarding Palmer's request to be traded, the team finally let go of the quarterback in October 2011. Now playing for the Oakland Raiders, the QB has moved out West, selling his Cincinnati home for $1.915 million. The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath home is situated on a private five-acre lot and is filled with architectural details like carved-wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling windows and built-in bookcases. With a full game room, pool table and wet bar, this place could be the new owner's perfect Super Bowl party setting.
Carson Palmer's home sold - $1,915,000
NFL career: Oakland Raiders (2007-2009)
While quarterback JaMarcus Russell was making plays on the football field, he apparently wasn't making payments on his million-dollar mansion (below) in Oakland, Calif. According to TMZ, Russell "allegedly failed to pay $195,512.05 in mortgage payments." In the midst of trying to settle his Oakland real estate mess, Russell is also looking for a job. He was released from the Raiders in May 2010 and is currently a free agent.