New England Patriots QB Tom Brady regained the top spot on the NFL Players Association Top 50 Players Sales List in the first data that involves sales in the 2016 season. The time period for those sales spanned March 1 through Nov. 30.
Brady was the top-ranked player in sales at the end of 2015, but lost that spot early in 2016 to Dez Bryant, who is now in third place. Dallas Cowboys teammate Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing yards in 2016, quickly moved into second place on the list, in between Brady and Bryant.
Six quarterbacks were in the top 10. In addition to Brady, Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz was fifth, Seattle’s Russell Wilson was sixth, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was seventh, Dallas rookie Dak Prescott was eighth and Carolina’s Cam Newton was 10th.
The Seahawks placed five players in the Top 50 Player Sales List for the third straight quarter. Next most among all teams were the Minnesota Vikings, with four players in the top 50. Four teams (Patriots, Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders) had three players featured, while six other teams were represented with two players each.
The third quarter saw three players enter the top 50 for the first time: Prescott, Vikings safety Harrison Smith (No. 41) and his teammate, WR Stefon Diggs (No. 43). Diggs also made the jump from the 2016 NFLPA Rising 50 list, where he placed 33rd.
The Top 50 Player Sales List is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all NFL player licensed products via online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 80 NFLPA licensees.
The top players in jersey sales were Brady, Beckham Jr. Wilson, Newton and Gronkowski. Wentz became the new No. 1 seller for player-identified caps from New Era and Lids. Wentz also led sales of kids jerseys, fleece, and t-shirts from Outerstuff.
TOP 50 NFL PLAYERS IN SALES (3/1-11/30)
- 1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
- 2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
- 3. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
- 4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
- 5. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
- 6. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
- 7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
- 8. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
- 9. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
- 10. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
- 11. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 12. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
- 13. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
- 14. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
- 15. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos
- 16. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
- 17. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
- 18. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers
- 19. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
- 20. Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders
- 21. Richard Sherman, DB, Seattle Seahawks
- 22. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 23. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers
- 24. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 25. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
- 26. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
- 27. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
- 28. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
- 29. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
- 30. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
- 31. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- 32. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
- 33. Navorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers
- 34. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
- 35. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 36. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
- 37. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
- 38. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
- 39. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
- 40. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
- 41. Harrison Smith, DB, Minnesota Vikings
- 42. Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
- 43. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
- 44. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
- 45. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets
- 46. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
- 47. Kam Chancellor, DB, Seattle Seahawks
- 48. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- 49. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
- 50. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks