Tom Brady was top-selling NFL player for official merchandise in 2015

By Jesse Reed

Despite Deflategate hovering over the 2015 NFL season for Tom Brady and the Patriots, the veteran quarterback ended last year’s campaign as the top-selling player in the league in terms of official merchandise.

This information comes courtesy of the NFLPA.

Here is the full list of the top 50, per the NFLPA’s official website:

  1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
  2. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
  3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
  4. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
  5. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  6. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
  7. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
  8. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
  9. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
  10. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
  11. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers
  12. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
  13. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
  14. Richard Sherman, DB, Seattle Seahawks
  15. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
  16. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
  17. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
  18. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers
  19. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
  20. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
  21. DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  22. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
  23. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
  24. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos
  25. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
  26. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  27. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
  28. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
  29. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
  30. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  31. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
  32. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  33. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  34. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
  35. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
  36. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  37. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
  38. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
  39. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
  40. Kam Chancellor, SS, Seattle Seahawks
  41. Joe Haden, DB, Cleveland Browns
  42. Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders
  43. Jarryd Hayne, RB, San Francisco 49ers
  44. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  45. Darrelle Revis, DB, New York Jets
  46. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
  47. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
  48. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
  49. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
  50. Earl Thomas, DB, Seattle Seahawks

It’s not surprising that Brady ends up as the top seller this past year.

Given the way the NFL has sort of taken on the role of villain of late, people likely wanted to support Brady in his fight against the ridiculous four-game ban proposed by the league for his alleged role in deflating footballs.

Of course, even when Brady’s not going up against the NFL in a court of law, he’s still one of the most popular and polarizing figures in the sport.

Another not-so-surprising takeaway is the fact that the top four sellers were all quarterbacks and that the top eight were all offensive players.

J.J. Watt finally broke the trend at No. 9, but out of the top 50 only 10 were defenders.