Some may disagree with the notion that the Dallas Cowboys are "America's Team," but NFL merchandise sales definitely back the nickname up. ESPN's Darren Rovell posted the NFLPA's list of the players whose merchandise sold most from March to May.
Amazingly, four of the top five NFL players on the list play for the Cowboys.
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The timeframe for this list runs before the NFL Draft. Since that event, Ezekiel Elliott, No. 3 on the NFLPA's list, actually has the highest selling jersey in the sport. The confluence of Cowboys and Ohio State fans definitely doesn't hurt. Both have massive fan bases.
The Cowboys are one of just two franchises with four players on the list, joined by the Green Bay Packers. The New England Patriots, Oakland Radiers, and Seattle Seahawks each have three players included. Additionally, the Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans have two players each.
Five college programs have more than one alumnus in this top 33:
- Alabama Crimson Tide - Amari Cooper (Oakland Radiers), Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers)
- California Golden Bears - Jared Goff (Los Angeles Raiders), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
- Ohio State Buckeyes - Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys), Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers)
- Stanford Cardinal - Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks)
- Wisconsin - J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Of course, these sales very much reflect hype from the NFL Draft and free agency. It will be very interesting to see what these numbers look like once actual games get underway this fall, and after the season. If the Cowboys live up to expectations, they shouldn't have much trouble staying on top. That goes double for Ezekiel Elliott, if he can clear up his recent issues.
Are you buying any new jerseys this season, football fans?