Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently topped the NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI) Top 50 Players Sales list for the second fiscal quarter of 2014, reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who topped the list at the end of the first quarter.
The list represents total sales of all officially licensed products from June 1-Aug. 31. Released quarterly by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the list is based on total overall sales of all officially licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 80 NFLPI licensees, such as Nike, VF Imagewear, Fanatics, Outerstuff, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, Oyo Sportstoys, Bleacher Creatures, Forever Collectibles and Photo File.
Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, collectibles and electronic accessories, among others.
Wilson’s overall sales numbers topped fellow quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (No. 2), Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers (No. 3), Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (No. 4) and Aaron Rodgersof the Green Bay Packers (No. 5). Additionally, Wilson outsold all players in both game jerseys and T-shirts from Nike.
Also, Manning led all players in Fatheads sold, while Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was tops in bobblehead sales. Manziel is the only rookie included in the Top 50 list.
The Top 15 players on the list include:
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
7. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
8. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
10. J.J. Watt, Houston Texas
11. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
12. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
13. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
14. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
15. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
For the complete list, visit nflplayers.com. — J.L.