Released earlier today by the NFL Players Inc, the money-making arm of the NFL Players Association, was this press sheet detailing the best-selling player merchandise (like murals, figurines, jerseys, etc.) from March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. Have a look below.
[Edit: Mentioned before it was just jersey sales, but the list reflects all player-related merchandise].
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
11. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
12. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
14. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
16. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
18. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
19. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
21. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
22. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
23. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
26. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
29. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
30. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
32. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
34. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
35. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
36. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
37. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
38. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
39. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
41. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
42. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
43. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
45. Von Miller, Denver Broncos
46. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
48. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
49. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
50. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Media darling and future Nobel Peace Prize winner, J.J. Watt, narrowly missed the top 10, but has the honor of being the most popular defensive player in terms of merchandise sales on the list. Arian Foster is the third most popular running back behind Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson, while Andre Johnson sits at 38. It's disgusting that one-year wonder Miles Austin is ahead of him at 34. It just goes to show the selling power that the Cowboys possess.
Other than Brian Cushing perhaps, there are no other Texans worth making this list. Cushing's rise to stardom has been hampered by freak leg injuries.
Also, call me crazy, but I assume Matt Schaub jerseys probably round out the Top 500 list from fiscal year 2010 to 2014.
We now continue our regularly scheduled draft speculation, already in progress.