The three-time Pro Bowl star ranked 15th for sales from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2015, according to NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI). The top 50 players accounted for a large portion fo the reported $1.4 billion-plus in sales throughout the year.
Quarterbacks are popular, grabbing the first six spots and 16 out of the top 50. The Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is No. 1 for the second consecutive year, followed by former Colts passer Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.
Rounding out the top 10 is Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Yeah, Johnny Football is No. 10, despite the first-round pick being ineffective in his two games as a rookie.
The second 10 are Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (since traded to the Buffalo Bills), Luck, Green Bay outside linebacker Caly Matthews, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (since traded to the New York Jets), Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Other notables include NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray, who played for the Cowboys and has since signed with Philadelphia, at No. 23, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at 25, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson 27th (despite not playing last season due to an NFL suspension), two-time Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens at 36, two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers at 38, and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green at 48.
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