Jersey sales paint a fascinating picture of a player’s popularity. After all, with NFL gear growing more expensive, fans have to pay a lot to represent their favorite players. From diehard fans to the growing status of specific players, jersey sales tell unique stories about where a player stands in NFL fandom.
NFL jerseys that barely made the cut
The NFL lists its top-10 sellers every year. Juju Smith-Schuster made it onto the list with his relentless play and eccentric personality. The Giants’ Daniel Jones landed in the ninth spot after securing the starting spot in the largest media market.
Mainstays Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers were seventh and eighth, respectively, while Jones’ teammate Saquon Barkley was sixth. Several notable names didn’t make it on the list of top-selling NFL jerseys. Lamar Jackson, who broke out late in the season, is nowhere to be found.
There’s a lack of San Francisco 49ers, although, like Jackson, the fact that they went under the radar until the latter part of the year may have hurt them. When all was said and done, the following five players sold more jerseys than any other NFL players.
5. Dak Prescott
As the quarterback of “America’s Team,” it should come as no surprise that Dak Prescott found his way into the top five. The Cowboys’ fanbase is among the most fiercely loyal in the NFL.
Even if Prescott is still a question mark when it comes to his potential, Dallas fans will ride or die for anyone who gives the effort Prescott does. With a potentially contentious contract discussion coming up, however, Cowboys fans’ jerseys could be short-lived purchases.
4. Khalil Mack
Khalil Mack likely benefited from the fact that he moved teams last season and had a legion of passionate Bears fans there to swoop up his jersey throughout 2019.
An old-school player, Mack’s work at linebacker has created one of the most feared players for an NFL offense to see on the other side. With a six-year, $141 million contract with the Bears, he can further endear himself to the people of Chicago for years to come.
3. Ezekiel Elliott
Like Prescott, Elliott has a fiercely loyal fanbase behind him who will stand by him as long as he wears a Cowboys’ jersey. His offseason holdout did not hurt his popularity.
While the Cowboys underperformed this season, a new head coach could bring the team back to their former glory. With six years and $90 million committed to Elliott, Cowboys fans will have plenty of time to cheer on their favorite running back, too.
2. Patrick Mahomes
Heading into the 2019 season with an MVP award at only 23 years of age, Mahomes’ fans jumped at the chance of wearing his jersey. Now, with a Super Bowl trophy to go with the MVP, he’ll sell more jerseys in 2020.
1. Tom Brady
Perhaps, Tom Brady’s fans are worried he might retire soon and want to scoop up every piece of gear they can. Regardless, the Patriots quarterback remains the most popular player in the NFL. If he does come back, whether in New England or elsewhere, he might just have the top-selling NFL jersey one more.
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