Adrian Peterson moves up to 13th in the NFL's merchandise sales
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Adrian Peterson's 2,097-yard season had him on the bubble of the top-25 in merchandise sales in 2012-13, but it just took a while for fans to crack open the wallets.
Peterson, who rushed for 1,266 yards in 14 games, finished the 2013-14 season (March '13 - February '14) No. 13, up 10 spots from last year, in the "NFL Players Inc. Top 50 Player Sales List" released Monday.
Per the release, the sales are based on all licensed products: "from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPI licensees...Licensed product categories include men's, women's and youth game jerseys and t-shirts, player murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, jewelry, electronic device accessories, among others."
Super Bowl-champion quarterback Russell Wilson edged Peyton Manning for the top spot a year after then-Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III produced the highest-selling single-season jersey in NFL history in 2012-13.
Peterson (+10) was among some of the biggest movers relative to their 2013 ranks.
The Top 15
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
11. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
12. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
13. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
14. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
5. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
6. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
7. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
8. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
9. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
10. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Ten running backs landed among the top-50 in jersey sales, second to only quarterbacks, who commanded 17 spots.
The NFC North held eight of the 50 that made the list, led by the Green Bay Packers (3) and Chicago Bears (3) with a player apiece for the Vikings (1) and Detroit Lions (1).
Brett Favre, who has sold the most jerseys of any player in NFL history, still holds the records for second (2009) and fourth (2008) among single-season sales, the former with the Vikings, per ESPN. People couldn't get enough Favre, evident when his Jets and Packers jerseys continued to sell in 2009 as he led Minnesota to the NFC Championship game.
Cold Spring, Minn. native Eric Decker showed up at No. 46 among all players after he set career-highs in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,288) for the Denver Broncos last season.