It’s customary for NFL players to have a mass produced jersey for their fans to buy. Certain jerseys each year are more popular than some of the others. The standout sellers from this year were the jerseys of the NFL players: Ezekiel Elliot, Tom Brady, Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski, Carson Wentz, Aaron Rodgers, Khalil Mack, Antonio Brown, Von Miller, Russell Wilson, Derek Carr, Dez Bryant, Jared Goff, and JJ Watt.
The Cowboy player Ezekiel Elliot is viewed as a new hope for the team. After some less than stellar years, the new top pick Ezekiel Elliot has breathed some life back into the team spirit of the Dallas Cowboy fan base.
Although Tom Brady went through a four game suspension after “deflate gate”, he is still the second top selling jersey of the year. His celebrity status remains strong. Nothing is stopping this Patriot from having an insanely popular jersey.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. is perhaps one of the most tweeted about NFL players in the league right now. The player who regularly sets Twitter on fire likely has a popular jersey based on his Twitter following.
The Carolina Panthers player Cam Newton is widely popular despite losing the super bowl last year. The sales of his jersey haven’t been hit hard by the loss, since his obvious talent and skill on the field is still the main focal point on this strong player.
Gronkowski is viewed as one of the best tight ends in the league. This Patriot football player is perhaps one of the strongest giants in the NFL right now.
Carson Wentz may lead the Philadelphia Eagles to some NFL glory. The guy is well-liked by his home state North Dakota football fans for being born and raised in their state. That fan loyalty in Pennsylvania and in North Dakota is the reason behind the popularity of his jersey.
The Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. However, he hasn’t been having the best season. The popularity for his shirt may be because of his brother appearing on The Bachelorette reality show.
Khalil Mack is one of the strongest defense men in the league. He takes almost everything out with a tackle. The Raiders player is popular amongst sport fans for his strength and tackle.
His ability to run a sub 5 40 has cemented him into fan’s hearts.
Von Miller is a Super Bowl MVP that is the future for the Denver Broncos. The number 58, is still at most valuable player levels.
Russell Wilson is great on the field, but he is also well-liked for his volunteer work at hospitals with his new wife Ciara at his side. The
Derek Carr is definitely worth jumping at the chance of getting one of his jerseys. He is certainly an NFL fan favorite.
Dez Bryant is a slightly frightening player in the league. Arguably he may be the most intimidating player in the NFL. His scare abilities seems to have made him a favorite jersey to buy though. Sometimes being scary can pay off on the field and with jersey sales.
Although Goff is a rookie, his jersey is still one of the most popular selling jerseys in the entire NFL league. He may not have won over everyone yet, but he is certainly causing some positive levels of interest with his skill on the field.
The defensive player JJ Watt is a giant on the field. He is additionally a fun, pleasant person off the field.
The Five Greatest Running Backs Of All-Time
The NFL sports many great running backs, and their career achievements often begin with 10,000 yards rushing. Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis, Hershel Walker and Franco Harris are great, but they are not quite as good as the five men on this list. Each of the five men listed are transcendent talents who changed their teams, their cities and the league. This article explains why these five men stand a head above the rest.
#1: Eric Dickerson
Eric Dickerson’s career is often lost in the shuffle as he played for the mediocre Rams and hapless Colts. He set the single-season running mark early in his career, and he was fast until his final game. Defenses respected him, and offenses attempted to copy his style of play. He was so quick that blocking was not always an issue, but he could not carry his teams to titles because a running back cannot save an average passer.
#2: Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith holds the all-time career rushing mark surpassing Walter Payton. Emmitt’s career began with the Cowboys where he was part of a three-headed attack helmed by Troy Aikman. He is beloved in Dallas, and he is a pop culture celebrity who has done quite a lot of work with charities and on television. He is the stout runner that everyone expects in the modern NFL, and his success behind Jimmy Johnson’s offensive lines influenced how offenses run the ball.
#3: Barry Sanders
Barry Sanders is the most-electrifying player on the list, and he was the boy that sat behind Thurman Thomas at Oklahoma State. He won the Heisman Trophy before entering the NFL, and he came quite close to breaking the career rushing record. He retired from the Lions in the prime of his career. He shocked the league with his decision to retire while he still had a body to come home to, and many pundits wonder how many yards he may have rushed for.
#4: Walter Payton
The Sweetness led the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl win with Mike Ditka, and he brought the career rushing record set by Jim Brown before finishing his career. The man of the year award for community service is named in his honor after he was taken too soon. His battle with cancer inspired the NFL, and his play continued a tradition of great Bears running backs dating to Gayle Sayers and Brian Piccolo.
#5: Jim Brown
Jim Brown tops this list with only 12,000 career rushing yard because he was the first great running back. His career rushing mark was the first known to fans in the NFL, and he was a statue behind the Cleveland Browns lines of the 50s and 60s. Jim Brown’s career began at Syracuse where he played lacrosse and football. He has been an activist in his later years, and he speaks about social justice issues even in his golden years.
#6: Honorable Mention: Thurman Thomas and Tony Dorsett
Thurman Thomas was the running back behind an offense in Buffalo that went to the Super Bowl four times in a row, and Tony Dorsett was the Cowboys running back of the late 70s and early 80s who set the league on fire. These two men do not make the top ten because their careers are devoid of championships, but they were greats in their own time. They did things few others may claim, and they were incredible talents who must be given their due.
The NFL honors skills positions with many new talents every year, but the top five have proven that an iconic running back is never forgotten.
NFL defenses are made strong by the physical presence and performance of NFL shutdown corners. The Shutdown Corner began with Deion Sanders in the 90s, when he took the opponent’s receivers out of the game.
1. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals
Patrick Peterson is the defensive star of the Arizona Cardinals. While he had a lackluster year in 2014, he’s managed to bounce back in 2015 and 2016 making several key interceptions and tackles. Peterson focuses on the top receiver during the second half, allowing him to conserve energy throughout the game. Peterson’s strength shines through when he is in press man coverage.
2. Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks
Sherman is a corner who can shutdown an area rather than a receiver. Sherman shined as a shutdown corner in 2015, where he faced off against Antonio Brown, which is one of the toughest receivers to cover in today’s National Football League.
3. Jason Verrett – San Diego Chargers
While he may play for a weak team, Verrett shows is strength on the field. However, his health has forced him to miss 12 games over the last two seasons. Verrett excels at man coverage and can compete for any ball heading to a receiver’s hands.
4. Chris Harris Jr – Denver Broncos
Chris Harris Jr is a Super Bowl winning ‘Shutdown Corner.’ His ability shines through when he faces small receivers like Steve Smith or Antonio Brown. Harris’ size is keeping him from being one of the best corners in today’s NFL. While other corners may be able to beat the tall receivers like Dez Bryant, Harris can stop the league’s top small receivers in their tracks.
5. Malcolm Butler – New England Patriots
Malcolm Butler has become the New England Patriot’s number one corner, even causing Belichick to release his starting corners to free agency. Butler is the only best shutdown corner to have gone undrafted. Butler is short just like Chris Harris but is able to read offenses, which makes up for his size.
6. Darrelle Revis – New York Jets
Revis has been a star shutdown corner but his age is slowing him down. At 30, Revis can still keep up with wide receivers and still diagnose jump routes. Revis has not had a stellar performance in 2016.
7. Josh Norman – Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are beginning to become a threat to their conference opponents. Kirk Cousins is shining as the leader of the offense and Josh Norman is excelling as corner on the defense. His dominance started last season, when he snagged two pick-6’s against the New Orleans Saints. Norman excels at reading quarterbacks. Norman may lack key assets that top corner-backs have, but can turn the tide of a game in an instant.
8. Desmond Trufant – Atlanta Falcons
Trufant excels at zone coverage and can get physical against any receiver no matter who they are. Trufant struggles to be a star cornerback because of his lack of gameplay. He did not play enough to show of his complete skills last season and has not played much this season.
9. Aqib Talib – Denver Broncos
Talib compliments Harris’ game play creating the NFL’s best pass-rush defense.
10. Darius Slay – Detroit Lions
Darius Slay is a young cornerback in the Detroit Lions club and has yet finding his niche on the field. Without help from safety’s Slay has had trouble keeping up with receivers. Slay has enough athleticism and potential to grow into the next Patrick Peterson.
Many people look forward to watching their favorite National Football League (NFL) teams on television and at stadiums around the United States each year. Some teams, however, are much more popular than others.
1. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have the highest average attendance of any NFL team. In fact, an average of 91,459 fans flocked to AT&T Stadium to watch each of this team’s home games. A study conducted by Emory Sports Marketing Analytics shows that these fans are so passionate about America’s Team that they are the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans in the league. While the Cowboys share their home state with the Texans, fans are much more loyal to the Cowboys throughout the region except in the five Congressional districts immediately surrounding Houston. While you can find loyal Cowboy fans anywhere, they are also the most loved team throughout Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and even the regions of Arizona south of Phoenix. Surprisingly, southern Virginia actually has more Cowboys fans than Redskins fans.
2. New York Giants
An average of 79,001 fans root for the New York Giants at each home game making them the second most popular team in the NFL. These fans often take to Facebook to root for their team in record numbers. In fact, for each player rooting for the New York Jets two are rooting for the New York Giants despite the fact that both teams play at MetLife Stadium.
3. Green Bay Packers
Fan loyalty is not always based on how well a team is performing at the moment. The Green Bay Packer fans are among the most loyal regardless of how their team is performing. An average of 78,413 fans go to see their team play each time at Lambeau Field. Local fans tend to spend more on team merchandise than those who live away from where the team plays its home teams. This is particularly true of the Green Bay Packers where each resident of Green Bay actually owns part of the team.
4. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos have an average attendance of 76,922 fans. In fact, their fans are the most loyal in the American Football Conference (AFC) West. The Broncos routinely exhibit great offensive teams. Those teams who do this over many years enjoy greater team loyalty.
5. Washington Redskins
Over 76,200 people flock to the stadium each time the Redskins play at home. Several factors contribute to these fans being loyal including median income of fans, stadium capacity, on-field success and market population.
6. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are doing a great job of engaging with fans in their market with just over 74,000 of them attending each home game. This relatively young organization will continue to raise in the ranks if they keep doing this as people often pass their love for a team down from one generation to the next.
7. New Orleans Saints
Just over 73,000 fans flock to watch each home game of the New Orleans Saints. One of the reasons that these fans are so loyal is that the team became a rallying point after Hurricane Katrina. These fans are some of the most creative in the NFL often making their own fan gear instead of buying commercially available merchandise.
8. Houston Texans
Almost 73,000 fans come to each Texan home game. These fans come from a very concentrated area around the city as opposed to many teams that draw from a larger geographical area. Yet, these fans are more willing than most to buy items supporting their favorite NFL team.
9. Baltimore Ravens
A little over 72,000 fans come to watch the Baltimore Ravens play each home play. These fans are extremely loyal to watching their team on the television when they cannot get to the game.
10. San Francisco 49ers
Almost 71,000 people watch the 49ers play each home game in person. This team has ranked much lower in the past but the organization is taking steps to reward loyal attendees with complimentary merchandise when they continue to be loyal to the team.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs draw from a very small market area when compared to many teams. Yet, the 74,806 fans who attend a home game on average are among the NFL’s most loyal. They help ensure a Chief win often by making it one of the loudest stadiums in the nation. It is unexplained why these fans remain so loyal despite the Chiefs dismal success record.