Jan 7, 2011
Well, to call this an unexpected occurrence probably doesn’t do it justice. The numbers are in, and the player with the most NFL jerseys sold during the course of the 2010 NFL season? Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
It’s the first time since the 2006 season that a non-offensive player led the league in jersey sales.
Drew Brees and Broncos rookie Tim Tebow rounded out the top three. More on the list,
Polamalu and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson are the only non-quarterbacks in the top 12. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is No. 4, followed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Jackson, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre rounding out the top 12. (via CNBC)
A few things that jump out at me. First, it appears that America, or at least a lot of football fans have gone full circle on Michael Vick. His jersey sales were ahead of some very notable names, including Tony Romo and Brett Favre. Secondly, Brett Favre is still obviously a very polarizing figure. I know that many people aren’t pleased with his retirement merry-go-round, but their are apparently plenty of people willing to purchase his jersey. Noticeably absent from the top 12 list? Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who was in the top 10 in between April and September of last year.