Clay Matthews is introduced at a game at Lambeau Field. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers land 3 on top 50 sales list


Aaron Rodgers will return and play with a chip on his shoulder - literally and figuratively. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers will return and play with a chip on his shoulder – literally and figuratively.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

 

While the Green Bay Packers continue to win on the field year-in and year-out, fans continue to buy up Packers jerseys, too.

According to the NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI), the Packers landed three players on the Top 50 Player Sales list for the past fiscal year.

Who was at the top of the list?

That would be another player with Wisconsin ties – Russell Wilson.

 

Clay Matthews' return will help solidify the Packers' defense. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Clay Matthews’ return will help solidify the Packers’ defense.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers (5), Clay Matthews (14) and Jordy Nelson (43) all landed in the top 50. I expect that Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy will creep onto the list for next year, especially if he duplicates the season he had in 2013.

Rodgers finished behind Wilson, Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. Rated just before Matthews at 14 is Adrian Peterson – right behind him is Jason Witten. Matthews, who along with San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis, is one of only the two linebackers in the top 20.

I was a bit surprised that Nelson wasn’t higher, but he was in pretty good company at 43 – at 42 is Vernon Davis and at 44 is Matt Ryan.

Bringing up the rear at 50th place is Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechley – his debut on the list.

The list, released quarterly by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFL Players Association, is based on total overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPI licensees.

Jordy Nelson - the Packers are surely saving up to re-sign their veteran wide receiver. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jordy Nelson – the Packers are surely saving up to re-sign their veteran wide receiver.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Here is the complete list:

1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
11. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
12. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
13. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
14. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
16. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
17. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
19. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
20. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
21. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
22. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
23. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
24. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
25. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
26. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
27. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
28. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
29. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
30. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
31. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
32. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
33. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
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
40. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
41. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
42. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
43. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
44. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
45. Von Miller, Denver Broncos
46. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
47. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
48. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
49. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
50. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

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