Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is the first ever offensive lineman to rank in the top 50 of the NFL's merchandise sales, according to the list compiled by NFL Players, Inc., the licensing arm of the NFL Players' Association. Thomas ranks 45th, one spot ahead of Chicago Bears receiver Kevin White and one behind Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ranks first on the list.
It’s not surprising that Thomas would be the first offensive lineman to crack the list, which includes not just jerseys but all officially-licensed merchandise. Thomas is one of the Browns' most popular players as well as a nine-year fixture of the team's offense. He's also one of their most talented—Grantland's Robert Mays named Thomas the league's third-best offensive lineman of the 2014 season, and Pro Football Focus ranked him third-overall amongst tackles for the season, as well. In fact, he's ranked among the site's top-10 tackles every year since 2007, their first season of compiling statistics.