People often forget that the NFL is a business; a very lucrative business. We see players making millions of dollars from their contracts, but players also make money off of merchandise sales. Branding their name onto jersey’s, shirts, and other memorabilia is a great way for players to make money.
With this let’s dive into the top ten best merchandise sales in the NFL this year.
10. Khalil Mack – Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack comes in at number ten on the list. During the offseason, he was traded to the Chicago Bears from the Oakland Raiders. It seems as if Bears fans are getting the last laugh. Mack Transformed the Bears into having one of the most feared defenses in the league. Team Ranking states that the Bears held their opponents to 17 points per game last season which led the league. Mack also led the Bears to a playoff berth but lost to the Eagles in the wild-card round. However, the Bears defense led by Mack inspires hope for the future. Macks dominance translated well to Bears fans as he is number ten on this list and the only defensive player to make it.
9. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have a bright future at quarterback. In Watson second year of the league, he was named a pro bowler and also led his team to the playoffs. During the season he threw for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns. Along with this, he added 551 rushing yards along with five rushing touchdowns. It’s clear that Watson is a budding star in the league and is in great popularity with fans. It’s no surprise that he is number nine on the list.
8. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown has been a household name for years now in the NFL. He has been one of the most dominant receivers for quite some time now and his stats this past season speak for themselves. He finished the season with 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns which led the NFL. It’s to no surprise that Brown’s success on the field has translated to his merchandise sales, but as he consistently continues to anger Steeler fans it will be interesting to see if he is on this list next year.
7. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
If you even remotely consider yourself a sports fan you have heard of Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is the future of the NFL. He has an arm that can’t even be compared to anything but a precision missile. This past season he led the NFL with 50 touchdowns and added onto that with 5,097 throwing yards which was good for second in the league. Not to mention this was just his second year in the league and his first season as the starting quarterback. Fans obsessed over Mahomes explosive play and this translated well to his merchandise sales. Mahomes should consistently make this list for many years to come.
6. Carson Wentz – Philidelphia Eagles
Even with a shaky season Wentz still sits at number six for merchandise sales. His 2017 MVP season is what truly started Wentz mania. Even with Nick Foles winning the Superbowl while Wentz was injured the Eagles still choose to go back to him in 2018. His 2018 stats were nothing special. He threw for 3,074 yards and 21 touchdowns before getting injured. However, this didn’t stop fans from buying his merchandise. If Wentz returns to his MVP form it will be interesting to watch him move up these rankings.
5. Aaron Rogers – Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers has been the face of the Packers since starting for them. He has a hall of fame legacy that resonates well with the fans. His strong arm and knack for winning close games makes him one of the most popular players in the league. This past season he failed to make the playoffs, however, this didn’t stop him from throwing 4,442 yards and 25 touchdowns. Fans will continue to look up to Rodgers and buy his merchandise until he retires.
4. Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have one of the most popular franchises in the United States and have fans everywhere. Its no surprises seeing Elliott this high on this list. His powerful run style and explosive personality make him a fan favorite. This past season he led the league in rushing with 1,434 yards and added six touchdowns on the ground. With one of the best offensive lines in the league, Elliott is expected to continue his dominance which will continue to benefit his merchandise sales.
3. Saquon Barkley – New York Giants
The Giants took Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He was one of the most hyped running back prospects to ever come out of college. And as of right now he has lived up to the hype. He rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns. Adding onto this he caught 91 receptions, had 721 receiving yards, and caught four touchdowns. Barkley is truly one of a kind, his nice and humble personality has fans flocking to obtain his memorabilia. If Barkley continues on his historic path we will continually see him on this list.
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
As said before the Cowboys have one of the most loyal fan bases in the league. It’s no surprise that they support their leader in buying his merchandise. In no way shape or regard is Prescott a top-five quarterback in the league, but he did bring his team to the playoffs. He threw for 3,885 yards and 22 touchdowns which was just about average for this season. Prescott since starting has been loved by the Dallas community. Their loyal fan base till recently has put their faith in him to lead their beloved franchise. If Prescott continues to start and win for the Cowboys his merchandise sales should stay steady.
Tom Brady – New England Patriots
Everyone Should have seen this one coming. Arguably the Greatest quarterback of all time leads the top of the list. In New England, Tom Brady is a religious name that should not be used in vain. Fans have been rallying around Brady for what seems to be forever now. With five super bowl rings and potentially another one on Sunday Brady’s legacy should be immortalized. He’s been, dismantling teams since the dawn of time and has one of the strongest fan bases around him ever created. Many individuals aren’t even Patriot fans, but still, cheer for Brady because of his legacy. This past season he threw for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns at age 41. Brady will forever be at the top of merchandising sales until he retires.