WA NFL star Mitch Wishnowsky has written his name in a $19 million mega payday with the San Francisco 49ers – when the player from Down Under is only two years into the league.
Wishnowsky is the first Australian to score a point in the NFL and will appear in the competition for years to come, which has been extended to 2026.
The four-year extension means the 30-year-old will earn less than $3 million per season.
Wishnowsky has played four seasons with the 49ers and has appeared in every regular season game, catching 179 boot-to-balls for 7,423 yards.
The former trader was selected by San Francisco in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.
Born in Gosnells, Wishnowsky played college football for Utah, where he won three seasons of All-American honors with the Utes.
He moved to the US at 27 with just over a few hundred dollars to his name, but now money isn’t an issue.
Funnily enough, to get Wishnowsky to San Francisco, the club had to fly him across the interstate because his battered car wouldn’t make the 300-mile drive.
Averaging 41 yards on each kick, the Aussie is San Fran’s map to getting out of its own 20-yard territory.
When he was drafted in 2019, Niners general manager John Lynch called the Perth talent and shouted “Aussie, Aussie Aussie, oi, oi, oi” with his board members.
Though Wishnowsky is the first to score a point in the NFL, he needs some contract negotiations if he wants to become the highest-paid Australian in the sport.
South Sydney Rabbitoh prospect Jordan Mailata signed a mammoth $64 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.
The 25-year-old was on $2.5 million a season following his 2018 draft pick and has proven his worth to the Eagles — as he is now the 12th highest-paid offensive tackle in the league.
Wishnowsky competed in the semi-professional West Australian Football League before moving abroad and credits his big shoe with Australian rules, where he said he grew up trying to score 60-yard goals.
He welcomed his first child, daughter Bowie, in December last year with partner Maddie Leiphardt.