Defiance: Fans Make Tom Brady Top Seller of NFL Merch in Wake of Deflategate

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New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, mired in offseason troubles as a result of Deflategate, reigns as the NFL’s top seller. The NFL Players Association’s Top 50 player sales list for FY16 Q1 shows Brady as the league’s number-one seller.

The new rankings, which include all products sold in FY16 Q1 by 80-plus NFLPA licensees via online and traditional retail outlets, shows Brady merch outselling all comers.

Brady clocks in at No. 1 on the list, followed by quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. The New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos fill out the top five.

Brady finished first in sales of figurines, wall posters, bobbleheads, and hats. He finished second in the league in jersey sales over that time period, behind only Russell Wilson. In Nike jerseys, Kaepernick and Brady ranked first and second, respectively.

Number one in women’s sales was Kaepernick with Brady, Wilson, Rodgers, and Watt rounding out the top five.

These rankings marked the first time two rookie QBs ranked among Top 10 best sellers. Both the Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston broke into the top ten.

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