So much for the Deflategate scandal impinging on Tom Brady’s ability to move product.
According to a Monday announcement from the NFLPA, the Patriots’ quarterback finished first on the top 50 player sales list for the 2015-16 season, retaking the top spot from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. (Brady had previously held the No. 1 ranking for the first quarter of 2015.) Wilson dropped to third, while Denver quarterback Peyton Manning finished second.
It was believed by some that Brady’s perceived role in Deflategate would damage his reputation with the public, but the quarterback has not lost any of his high-profile endorsements along the way. In addition, Brady continues to be a regular presence at or near the top of most of these sorts of lists, including overall jersey sales.
Brady wasn’t the only member of the Patriots in the top 10 — tight end Rob Gronkowski finished eighth overall. Julian Edelman (23rd) was the only other member of the Patriots in the top 50.
The list is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets. The list is based on total sale of all merchandise from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016.
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