Top 25 Player Jerseys 2014

At the game with (L to R) my daughter Amy, her friend Jessica, and Jessica's dad Kevin

At the game with (L to R) my daughter Amy, her friend Jessica, and Jessica’s dad Kevin

I went to the Vikings-Redskins game prior to the Vikes’ bye week.  It was a great time.  Although the temps were cool and the winds a bit chilly, the sun shone brightly, and we were sheltered against a concrete wall, warm and cozy, in the top row of the lower section.  The game itself was terrific too with the lead changing hands six times before my Vikings finally came out on top 19-16.

One thing that stuck in my mind as I looked out across a sea of purple jerseys was the lack of Adrian Peterson jerseys.  If I had looked over the stands a season earlier, at least half the jerseys would have been Peterson’s.  Of course I know the reason for the dearth of number 28 is directly related to Peterson’s recent legal problems, but when NFLShop.com released its list of top 25 selling player jerseys last week, I wondered what other players saw changes in the popularity of their jerseys.

Below is a table that summarizes what I discovered.  The ‘CHANGE’ column indicates how many spots a player has moved up or down from last year.  ‘New’ indicates players that did not make the top 25 last season, but made it this season.  A second table follows the first with a list of players that were on the top 25 list last season, but didn’t make the list this year – and my opinion for the reason.

Top 25 Selling Player Jerseys at NFLShop.com (April 1 – October 31, 2014)
RANKPLAYERCHANGE
1Peyton Manning, Denver BroncosUp 1
2Russell Wilson, Seattle SeahawksUp 1
3Johnny Manziel, Cleveland BrownsNew
4Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ersDown 3
5Tom Brady, New England PatriotsUp 2
6Dez Bryant, Dallas CowboysUp 11
7LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia EaglesUp 18
8J.J. Watt, Houston TexansUp 1
9Richard Sherman, Seattle SeahawksNew
10Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay PackersDown 2
11Devon Still, Cincinnati BengalsNew
12Drew Brees, New Orleans SaintsDown 2
1312th Fan, Seattle SeahawksNew
14Jason Witten, Dallas CowboysUp 2
15Marshawn Lynch, Seattle SeahawksUp 3
16Andrew Luck, Indianapolis ColtsUp 4
17Nick Foles, Philadelphia EaglesNew
18DeMarco Murray, Dallas CowboysNew
19Eli Manning, New York GiantsDown 7
20Calvin Johnson, Detroit LionsNew
21Luke Kuechly, Carolina PanthersNew
22Kam Chancellor, Seattle SeahawksNew
23Jordy Nelson, Green Bay PackersNew
24Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota VikingsNew
25Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh SteelersDown 3
Jerseys That Made the Top 25 List in 2013, But Missed in 2014
2013 RANKPLAYERMY OPINION FOR FALL
4Adrian Peterson, Minnesota VikingsAll-Day Peterson should switch things up and consider time outs
5Robert Griffin III, Washington RedskinsPlay nosedived after successful rookie season
6Ryan Tannehill, Miami DolphinsIf only his game were as pretty as his wife
11Ray Lewis, Baltimore RavensWho ever bought this jersey to begin with? The man is scary on too many levels.
13Clay Matthews, Green Bay PackersHair is suave, but game play is less effective than used to be.
14Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ersStellar career beginning to wane with age and injury
15Victor Cruz, New York GiantsCelebratory salsa TD dances becoming less frequent
19Ray Rice, Baltimore RavensOne too many elevators with his fiancée
21Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins34 years old and slipping under the wake
23DeMarcus Ware, Dallas CowboysSigning with Denver moved Ware to a smaller market
24Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ersAging veteran, especially for a running back, in the twilight of his career.

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