The New England Patriots are the most successful pro football franchise of the 21st century. The team has won five Super Bowls, seven conference titles and 14 division crowns since the dawn of the millennium and has also become one of the most successful clubs off the field, having sold out every single game over the past 16 seasons (and beyond).
New England’s faithful is not only reliable when it comes to purchasing tickets, though. The team’s fan base is also among the NFL’s best when it comes to buying merchandise. The NFL’s latest release of the top selling jerseys – via nfl.com’s Dan Hanzus – reflects this once again:
From April 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017 no player jersey was sold more often than Tom Brady’s. The reigning Super Bowl MVP also led the NFL in sales over the course of the 2015-2016 season, proving his sustained popularity – league-manufactured Deflategate be damned – among the Patriots faithful.
Checking in at numbers 5 and 15 are two of Brady’s most trusted offensive skill position players: Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Gronkowski leads all tight ends in jersey sales over the 11-month timespan, while Edelman is fourth among wide receivers.
Overall, the Patriots trail only the Dallas Cowboys (4) in terms of players represented on the list. Coming off a Super Bowl victory that saw key plays being made by players not already on the list – James White and Dont’a Hightower come to mind –, though New England might be able to claim the top spot next year.