In Gesture of Defiance against Roger Goodell, Fans Make Tom Brady Jerseys Season Bestseller

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Tom Brady, boosted by another Lombardi Trophy and his legal standoff with the league, sold more jerseys than any other NFL player this past football season.

The list comes from Dick’s Sporting Goods tracking purchases at their stores.

Brady sold the sixth most shirts during the 2014 season. But capturing his third Super Bowl MVP and Patriots fans buying his gear as a patriotic gesture of defiance against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell helped him unseat 2014’s bestseller Peyton Manning. Brady entered training camp under a four-game suspension that a federal judge soon lifted.

Along with Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson dropped out of the top five.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, the only defensive player in the top ten, placed as this season’s runner-up. Brady target Rob Gronkowski followed Kuechly. Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and 2015 MVP Cam Newton rounded out the top five.

Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Amari Cooper, the second, first, and fourth picks of the draft, ranked first, second, and third among rookies.

The Patriots, Panthers, Broncos, Giants, and Steelers, in that order, sold the most shirts. Unsurprisingly, the on-the-move St. Louis Rams sold the fewest. The Raiders, Jaguars, and Chargers, the three other franchises most discussed in relocation conversations, joined the Rams at the bottom.



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