The NFL season has been over for a couple months now, and the first round draft session just occurred not too long ago which sparked me to make a ranking chart for the top 10 NFL player jersey sales in the 2017 season. Unlike the NBA, the NFL star players within the top jersey rankings tend to change more often year to year. So again I would like you to challenge yourself and see if you know which players are ranked in the top 10 in jersey sales. Also, the rankings are based on the sales gained by NFLShop.com. (Clicking on an image will direct you to an area where you can purchase the product)
10. Russell Wilson
From the start of his career as a Seattle Seahawk, Russell Wilson has continued to be a productive quarterback. Russell has made it to the playoffs 5 of his 6 years as a quarterback in the NFL (barely missed the playoffs in 2017), appeared in 2 straight Super Bowls (Won the first one in the 2013 season and was a play away from winning the second in the 2014 season), 4-time Pro-Bowler and a strong leader for the Seahawks team. But of course his productivity at the beginning of his career may not have been as great without the Legion of Boom (Seattle Defense) and Marshawn Lynch.
9. Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen is the true definition of a dedicated pro athlete. His journey to the NFL was not an easy one, not being invited to the 2013 NFL Combine, but he didn’t let it phase him as he went to a Regional Combine where he was able to impress the scouts with his athletic abilities. Thielen was later signed by the Vikings in 2013 as an undrafted free agent, but was later released and signed to the practice squad. In the 2014 season thielen made it on the Vikinig’s 53-man-roster as he had a productive offensive and special teams performance in the preseason. It was not until 2016 that he had his chance to shine as a Wide Receiver due to Stefan Diggs groin injury, and he impressed by having a 967 receiving yard season and in 2017 Thielen had a Pro-Bowl season with 1,147 receiving yards, becoming the first Viking receiver since Sydney Rice in 2009 to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
8. Rob Gronkowski
“Gronk” may have people thinking he is just a party boy, but when he hits the football field, the man is ready to get the job done. He may not have been needed as much for the 2016 season, but Tom Brady definitely needed him in 2017 after the injury of Julian Edlman and the below average performance by their Defense. Rob Gronkowski is one of the unique Tight Ends who is able to catch the ball in a variety of ways and also one of the hardest players to bring to the ground. To be Honest he has the potential to become the greatest Tight End to ever play the game of football if he is willing to put in the work.
7. Alejandro Villanueva
Many people may only know Vilenoeva as the man who decided to come out and stand for the NFL national anthem when his Steelers team stayed in the locker room, but NFL fans know him as the Military man, turned Pittsburg Steeler Offensive Lineman who is a valued part of the Steelers Offensive line. His decision to attend that National Anthem brought a great increase in his Jersey sales. The big heart of Vilenoeva caused him to give his royalties from the sales to charities in the AFC North cities(Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Baltimore) (information credited to http://www.businessinsider.com).
6. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron “Mr. Relax” Rodgers, the man with the “Hail Mary” hand!!! ( If you are wondering what I mean, Google “Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary”) I am not a full fledged Aaron Rodgers fan, but I do respect his ability to play the quarterback position. When a man says he is going to “run the table” while the Packers record was 4-6 and won the remainder of the games, finishing the season with a 10-6 record and acquiring a playoff spot in the 2016 season, you have to give him and his team the respect they deserve.
5. Ezekiel Elliott
Any person that thought Dallas made a mistake by picking Ezekiel Elliot as the 4th overall draft pick have eaten their words after Elliot’s explosive first season in 2016, gaining the rushing title with 1631 yds in his rookie season, and was the biggest contributor to their 13-3 record which was the second highest record in the 2016 season (Patriots had a 14-2 record). When Elliot had to serve his 6-game suspension, the Cowboys fan base saw just how valuable of a player he is when in 2017 the cowboys finished with a mediocre 9-7 record.
4. Antonio Brown
Antonio “AB” Brown has been the most consistent and top-level active Wide Receiver in the game. Brown has had 5 straight seasons with 1000+ receiving yards, 1st-team All Pro for the past 4 years, and 6 total 1000+ rec yds within his 8 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is always good as a wide receiver to have a quarterback who is able to give them the ball, and Brown has that and then some with Pittsburgh’s Hall of Fame worthy QB Ben Roethlisberger. The combination of Brown, Bell, and Ben as an offensive force, is a big reason why their team is considered possible Superbowl contenders year after year.
3. Dak Preskott
2016 Rookie of the year Dak Prescott has now settled into the position as the quarterback for the most popular team in sports, the Dallas Cowboys a.k.a. “America’s Team”. Within his 2 year Career, Dak has already experienced highs (In his rookie year, he and his team were the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record) and lows (The offensive side of the Cowboys performed below expectations and settled with a 9-7 overall record). Now in the upcoming season, Dak, Zeke, and the offensive line have a chance to prove that their team is not just a one hit wonder.
2. Tom Brady
All that needs to be said for Tom Brady is “Greatest Of All Time!!!” Yup, that’s it. Okay, I guess I can give you more info on the “Man who has enough rings to fill his right hand!” (Super Bowl rings to be exact). Tom is the only quarterback to appear in 8 Super Bowls and the only to win 5 Super Bowl rings, he also has the most regular season wins (196), and the most post season wins (27), which kind of lets you know he also holds the most total wins in the NFL (223). I could keep on going, but this should be enough for you to understand just how great he has been since the early 2000’s
1. Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz has only played in the NFL for 2 years and now holds a Superbowl Championship under his Belt. I know some people may say, Wentz didn’t play in the Superbowl, Nick Foles did, but without Wentz’s MVP performance in the majority of the 2017 regular season, the Eagles would not have been in the position they were in going into the playoffs. This is the guy who after suffering an ACL and LCL tear (serious knee injuries) scored a touchdown pass the next play before leaving game to be evaluated. If Wentz continues to get better year after year, the world may be watching the next greatest QB of the new era!!!
If you choose to write a comment, feel free to include a list of the 5 players you felt were the top performers in the 2017 season. I will provide my list below this paragraph. Hope you all enjoyed figuring out which players were ranked where in the NFL’s top 10 jersey sales.
My Top 5 NFL Performers of 2017
1. Tom Brady
2. Carson Wentz
3. Antonio Brown
4. Todd Gurley
5. Russell Wilson