Tom Brady entered the NFL 18 years ago and has been the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback for the last 17 seasons. During that time he grew from draft day afterthought into five-time Super Bowl champion, first-ballot Hall of Famer, and unquestioned face of the NFL. As such, it is little surprise that the soon-to-be 41-year old is still among the most popular players in all of football – and his #12 jersey among the most sold.
A recently released list of the biggest hits at NFLShop.com again shows Brady near the top: Only three players’ jerseys have been sold more often than his over the last three months, making Brady one of two Patriots to be featured in the top-24:
1. New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley
2. San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo
3. Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz
4. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady
5. Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield
23. New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
Brady, the most decorated player the NFL has ever seen, continues to stand out on the list of jersey sales. How much, you may ask? No player in the top ten has been in the league longer than three seasons – ex-Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo is the most experienced, having entered the league in 2014 – and the entire non-Brady top ten appeared in only 209 games combined. New England’s passer, for comparison, has played 290 contests.
Only two other players on the ranking have joined the NFL prior to 2011: Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, whose pro career began in 2003 and who retired this offseason, comes in at number 11; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (2005) is listed at 13. Respectable rankings for such experienced players – but no comparison to the reigning league MVP, who appears near the top of the list every single time.