Some people might think that the best way to gauge the popularity of NFL players it to look at who the fans vote into the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, there are two things wrong with this way of thinking. First, fan votes only account one-third of the selections, the rest being made by players, coaches, and league officials. Second, fans can vote as many times as they want. So, if some lonely guy living in his parents’ basement in Buffalo really wants Ryan Fitzpatrick, his voice can count a lot more than the average person who doesn’t have time to vote 1,000 times. So no, looking at the Pro Bowl roster is not the best way to see who the most popular NFL players are.
What is? Jersey sales. If a bunch of people are willing to spend a hundred bucks just for a shirt with your name on it, they must really like you. Today, therefore, with the 2012 NFL season now entering the home stretch, we’re going to take a look at the 15 best-selling player jerseys in the NFL.
But we’re not just going to see where guys stand right now. We’ll also take a look back at where they stood before the season began to see how (or if) their bandwagon ridership has increased or decreased.
Ready to start? Great. Let’s do it.