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  • QBs Lead NFL Player Inc.'s Ranking Of Player Merchandise Sales In FY '14

    Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finished No. 1 among all NFL players in FY '14 for overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets, as reported by more than 70 licensees for NFL Players Inc. The time frame for measured sales was from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014. NFLPI licensees generated retail sales exceeding $1B during the time period. Licensees included Nike, VF Imagewear, Fanatics, Outerstuff, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, Oyo Sportstoys, Bleacher Creatures, Forever Collectibles and Photo File. Other highlights include Steelers S Troy Polamalu cracking the top 20 for the third straight year. Texans DE J.J. Watt was the highest-ranked defensive player at No. 11. Meanwhile, NFLPI announced new licensing agreements with publishing company Athlitacomics, footwear accessories brand FBF Originals, mobile game From The Bench, Masterpieces Puzzle Company, headwear brand New Era and apparel company Original Retro Brand (NFLPI).

    NFL PLAYERS INC. TOP PLAYER LICENSED PRODUCT SALES DURING FY '14
    RANK
    PLAYER
    RANK
    PLAYER
    1
    Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
    16
    49ers LB Patrick Willis
    2
    Broncos QB Peyton Manning
    17
    Steelers S Troy Polamalu
    3
    49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
    18
    Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
    4
    Redskins QB Robert Griffin III
    19
    Texans RB Arian Foster
    5
    Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
    20
    Lions WR Calvin Johnson
    6
    Patriots QB Tom Brady
    21
    Giants WR Victor Cruz
    7
    Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
    22
    Cowboys QB Tony Romo
    8
    Giants QB Eli Manning
    23
    Broncos WR Wes Welker
    9
    Colts QB Andrew Luck
    24
    Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
    10
    Saints QB Drew Brees
    25
    Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
    11
    Texans DE J.J. Watt
    26
    Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
    12
    Seahawks CB Richard Sherman
    27
    Panthers QB Cam Newton
    13
    Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
    28
    Ravens RB Ray Rice
    14
    Packers LB Clay Matthews
    29
    Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware*
    15
    Cowboys TE Jason Witten
    30
    Cowboys WR Dez Bryant
         

    NOTE: * = Played last season with the Cowboys.

    WILSON'S A WINNER: ESPN's Max Kellerman said of Wilson topping the merchandise sales list, passing Broncos QB Peyton Manning, "He won the Super Bowl. He's the guy everybody wants to be. He is on the cover of GQ and all of this stuff before he won the Super Bowl and he's one of the best quarterbacks in the world. Why would (him being No. 1) be surprising?" ESPN's Marcellus Wiley said, "Besides being a winner, he's the one that fans are closest to relating to. You think about Peyton Manning, no one can relate to that kind of talent. He's a third-round draft choice who actually went from nowhere to somewhere and became the Super Bowl champion quarterback, it's a 'Rocky' story" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 4/28).

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