Kevin Aherne (@KAherne17)
Russell Wilson of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks ranked #1 on the NFLPA Player Sales list, based on overall licensed merchandise sales from March 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014.
Wilson jumped 18 spots from #19 last year to claim the top position from the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning, who maintained his retail sales power and is ranked second. NFLPA licensees generated retail sales exceeding $1 billion during the year.
Wilson is joined on the list by his teammates, running back Marshawn Lynch (#7) and cornerback Richard Sherman(#12). Lynch, the only non-quarterback in the top 10, jumped 22 spots from #29. Sherman, a player not in the top 50 even at the start of the year, made his debut at #12.
Nine of the top 10 players on the list are quarterbacks, including six Super Bowl champions: Wilson (#1), Manning (#2), the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (#5), the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (#6), the New York Giants’ Eli Manning (#8), and the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees (#10). The San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (#3), who jumped 12 spots from #15, the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III (#4), and the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck(#9) round out the top 10.
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