The 12 Most Popular NFL Players of the 2014 Season
Money talks — especially in sports. Even if you’ve got no idea what the difference is between a touchdown and a touch back, you can probably surmise that player A is better than player B based on the fact that one is paid more than the other. Maybe “better” is the wrong word — perhaps more and less “essential” would be more diplomatic. While skill may be relative, what is fairly objective is popularity. While there may be no true way to measure popularity, the NFLPI — the marketing portion of the NFL Players Association — tracks how much merchandise any given player sells over a given quarter ( a new report is released quarterly.)
The list is, per the NFLPI, “based on total overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets,” and covers sales from the usual suspects — Nike, Fanatics, and VF Imagewear — to the less common such as Fathead, McFarlane Toys, and Photo File. Everything from photographs, murals, bobbleheads, licensed glasses, and drinkware. The NLFPI list was generated using data from March 1, 2013 until February 28, 2014. Without further adieu, here are the 12 most popular players in the NFL by virtue of their sales numbers over the last year.