7. Travis Frederick
Career earnings: $39,718,268
Travis Frederick was a member of the Wisconsin football team from 2009-2012. Wisconsin is known for producing offensive linemen, so there is usually some pretty good depth at the position. Despite the depth, Travis Frederick became the first true freshman to start a game on the offensive line for the Wisconsin football team.
In 2012, Frederick moved to center full time after Peter Konz went onto the NFL. He started all 13 games for the Badgers and was named a first-team All-American.
He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (31st overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Since his first season, Frederick started at center for the Cowboys offensive line, which was widely considered as one of the best lines in the league.
Frederick made the Pro Bowl in 2014-2017 and earned All-Pro honors in 2016.
He missed the 2018 season after being diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease.
He returned in 2019 and made his fifth Pro Bowl appearance. After the 2019 season, Frederick announced his retirement. The Cowboys went on to draft another Wisconsin football player, Tyler Biadasz, as Frederick’s replacement in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Currently, Frederick has earned the 11th-most career earnings among all centers in league history.