It’s hard to believe that with Thursday night’s matchup between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, we will have officially started the Week 3 games of the 2015 NFL season. Time really is flying. And so are the jerseys off the shelves.
We all know that the National Football League makes a killing off of merchandise sales. And of course, a big part of that haul comes from the purchasing of player jerseys. Unfortunately, not every individual in the league is going to bring in the big bucks. In the end, it comes down to the big sellers. Always has, always will.
While we’re only through two weeks of the regular season, the league’s official website — NFLShop.com — has released the list of players with the highest-selling jerseys. As a fan of the game, you should recognize all of the names. However, it’s the order that might come as a bit of a surprise.
Therefore, based on the information collected from September 10 to September 21, 2015, here’s a look at the five highest-selling jerseys in the NFL.
5. Jarryd Hayne, running back, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Jarryd Hayne hasn’t done anything special since the start of the 2015 regular season. But if there’s anything we’ve come to realize about the former Australian rugby player since he made the transition to the NFL, it’s that he has the ability to change the game at a moment’s notice. Therefore, we’re not totally surprised his jersey has been the fifth highest seller through the first two weeks of the season. Also, it doesn’t hurt that 70% of the sales have come from Australia. Clearly, he’s a fan favorite Down Under.
4. Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England Patriots
There has never been a tight end quite like New England’s Rob Gronkowski. He’s big, strong, fast, and nearly impossible to defend. Through two weeks, he already has 207 receiving yards and a league-leading four touchdown receptions. On top of that, he’s destroying the opposition while wearing a goofy grin on his face. It’s hilarious. Folks may not like the Patriots, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s not a fan of the Gronk.
3. Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, New York Giants
It’s incredible how one catch singlehandedly took Odell Beckham Jr.‘s star power to new heights. Granted, it was probably the most insane catch in the history of the NFL, but that doesn’t make it any less crazy. However, the second-year wideout is much more than that one particular moment. He’s also easily one of the league’s more exciting talents. Beckham has hops, speed, and great hands. The New York Giants receiver is the whole package. And his hair is pretty sweet as well. It’s no wonder everyone continues to scoop up his jersey.
2. Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Even though Dez Bryant broke his foot during the first game of the season and will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, fans are well aware of what he brings to the table. No. 88 on the Dallas Cowboys is easily one of the best wide receivers in the National Football League. Trying to cover him with just one person isn’t fair. In fact, trying to stick him with two defenders isn’t much better. He’s a defensive coordinators worst nightmare. Fortunately for Bryant, however, the fans seem to really dig his game. Isn’t that really what it’s all about?
1. Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots
The NFL (cough, Roger Goodell, cough) can’t possibly be happy with this one.
Not only did Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension for Deflategate get overturned, but now he’s playing like a man possessed. Just two games into the 2015 NFL season and already No. 12 on the New England Patriots has lit up the opposition for 754 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions. New rule: Don’t piss off Tom Brady. He will make you pay.
Sorry, Rog. The fans have spoken. In Brady they trust (with their money to buy themselves his jersey).
To see the rest of the Top-Selling NFL Player Jerseys — from September 10, 2015 – September 21, 2015– click here.