Brady tops mer­chan­dise sales to open sea­son

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Na­tional Foot­ball League train­ing camps have been open for less than a week and Tom Brady is al­ready on top of the league once again. The Pa­tri­ots’ su­per­star quar­ter­back ranks No. 1 in mer­chan­dise sales, in a list com­piled by the NFL play­ers union.

The list is based on to­tal sales of all of­fi­cially li­censed NFL player mer­chan­dise track­ing year-to-date re­sults from March 1 to May 31.

Brady, who won his record fifth Su­per Bowl in Fe­bru­ary, was joined at the top of the list by Dal­las Cow­boys team­mates run­ning back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 2) and quar­ter­back Dak Prescott (No. 3). Two more Cow­boys were also in the top 10 in wide re­ceiver Dez Bryant (No. 6) and tight end Ja­son Wit­ten (No. 10).

Raiders run­ning back Mar­shawn Lynch, who re­turned to the league af­ter a one-year ab­sence, was at No. 4 and Sea­hawks QB Rus­sell Wil­son rounded out the top five.

The rest of the top 10 in­cluded Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers (No. 7), Gi­ants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. (No. 8), and Steel­ers wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown (No. 9), who cracked the top 10 for the first time.

“It’s re­ally an hon­our to not only be on this list, but be among the top 10 play­ers,” Brown said.

“Be­ing a part of Steel­ers Na­tion means hav­ing some of the best fan sup­port in the league. But more than that, this list shows just how pas­sion­ate fans of all play­ers are.”

The top 50 player sales list is re­leased quar­terly by the NFLPA, via its li­cens­ing and mar­ket­ing arm NFL Play­ers Inc. It is based on over­all sales of all NFL player-li­censed prod­ucts via on­line and tra­di­tional retail out­lets.

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