The Top 50 Best-Selling NFL Player Jerseys 2016 season

The 2016 NFL season saw plenty of rookies breaking out and young players emerging into the forefront, but it takes a lot more than one big performance to become a top jersey seller throughout an entire calendar year. The NFL is dominated by household names who have built their brand over years of stellar play, but 2016 represented a changing of the guard with a number of rookies ranking at the top of the NFL’s top 50 best-selling player jerseys of 2016. (Top 50 best selling NFL player jerseys is based on sales data of Fanatics Inc across NFLshop, Fanatics & Fansedge for the period of July 2016 – January 2017). See the best-selling jerseys in the NFL updated every month on NFL shop.

  1. Ezekiel Elliott; (Dallas Cowboys) There were some chuckles around the league from folks who thought the Dallas Cowboys reached when drafting Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall in the 2016 draft. It’s the Cowboys who are laughing now after Elliott staked his claim as not only the NFL’s best back but the league’s top jersey seller as well. The former Ohio State star ripped off nearly 2,000 total yards and 16 touchdowns, propelling the Cowboys to a 13-3 record. At 21 years of age, Elliott’s reign at the running back position is only just beginning. Get your Ezekiel Elliott jersey here.

Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys

  1. Dak Prescott; (Dallas Cowboys) While Elliott’s ascension could have been predicted, few saw the emergence of Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott coming. He got his chance to start after Tony Romo’s preseason injury and never relinquished the job, leading Dallas to victory in 11 of his first 12 games. Prescott never hit the feared rookie wall, raising his level of play and throwing for 302 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Cowboys’ NFC divisional loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cowboys fans have a two-headed backfield monster in Prescott and Elliott to cherish for years to come. Get your Dak Prescott jersey here.

Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys

  1. Tom Brady; (New England Patriots) He’ll be 40 years old before the 2017 season begins, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks to be in his football prime as he leads New England to Super Bowl LI – what could become his fifth crown. The Pats have won 13 of 14 games with Brady in the lineup this season, with an average margin of victory of nearly 17 points. Father time inevitably gets everyone, but Brady is showing no signs of slowing down as his New England Patriots look to add another notch to a 15-year dynasty on Super Bowl Sunday. Get your Tom Brady jersey here.
  2. Odell Beckham Jr.; (New York Giants) Three seasons into his NFL career, Odell Beckham Jr.’s influence at the wide receiver position continues to grow exponentially. Beckham’s highlight-reel catches and elusive playmaking allowed him to rack up 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns while navigating the Giants to their first playoff appearance since 2011. His productivity – top-five among receivers in receptions, yards, touchdowns and yards per game – is as strong as there is, but Beckham’s personality and style of play resonate with fans in an increasingly passing-dominated league. Get your Odell Beckham Jr. jersey here.
  3. Carson Wentz; (Philadelphia Eagles) Carson Wentz had his critics prior to his first play after the Eagles traded away lots of picks to take him #2 overall in the draft, but they disappeared after Wentz’s pre-snap intelligence and rocket arm made the Eagles an early surprise team in 2016. Philadelphia would sputter to finish 7-9, but fans in the City of Brotherly Love no longer doubt that they have the signal-caller they need to ascend back into contention in the competitive NFC East. With a few more weapons around him, Wentz figures to be a top quarterback for years to come. Get your Carson Wentz jersey here.

Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Rob Gronkowski; (New England Patriots) It’s been a difficult year for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the gridiron, but his popularity off it has never been bigger. Gronk’s 2016 debut was delayed due to injury and he only played in eight games before a back surgery sidelined him for the remainder of the season, but he still managed to average 21.6 yards per reception as a perpetual mismatch in the middle of the field. New England hasn’t skipped a beat without Gronkowski, but the Pats could sure use him back heading into Super Bowl LI. Get your Rob Gronkowski jersey here.
  2. Antonio Brown; (Pittsburgh Steelers)From big-statistic performances to entertaining touchdown dances, the Steelers’ Antonio Brown rivals Beckham as the league’s most exciting and entertaining wide receiver. Including postseason numbers, Brown racked up over 1,500 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns before his Steelers crashed out in the AFC Championship Game. Free agency looms for Brown after the 2017 season, but he’s more than proved his worth to a Pittsburgh Steelers team with top-end talent at every skill position. Get your Antonio Brown jersey here.
  3. Derek Carr; (Oakland Raiders) Third-year quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders were perhaps the story of the NFL season as Carr led the Raiders to a surprising 12-4 record while performing like a MVP candidate. Carr threw for almost 4,000 yards along with 28 touchdowns and battling through injury to lead Oakland to its first playoff appearance in 14 years. A broken leg in Week 16 derailed Carr’s season and eventually the Raiders’ Super Bowl aspirations, but his leadership and moxie put the franchise in a great position moving forward. Get your Derek Carr jersey here.
  4. Von Miller; (Denver Broncos) The popularity of the Super Bowl 50 MVP didn’t waver throughout 2016, as Von Miller became the only defensive player to crack the top 10 in jersey sales. The sixth-year defensive end racked up 13.5 sacks in 2016, showing no signs of a MVP hangover after tormenting Cam Newton throughout Super Bowl 50. Miller is the de-facto face of the Denver Broncos after Peyton Manning’s retirement and is now right up there with J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman as the league’s most recognizable defensive player. Get your Von Miller jersey here.
  5. Russell Wilson; (Seattle Seahawks) It was a down year for the Seahawks from an outsider’s perspective simply because they’re not playing on Super Bowl Sunday, but Russell Wilson’s greatness was never more apparent in 2016. He set a single-season franchise record for passing yards with 4,219, progressing considerably as a pocket passer after injuries limited his mobility throughout the season. As if he hadn’t proven it before through two Super Bowl appearances and one championship, Wilson further showed that he’s the guy to lead Seattle to more hardware in the future. Get your Russell Wilson jersey here.

The 20 – 50 top selling player jersey’s in the NFL for the 2016 season are (which includes retired players like Joe Montana):

  1. Dez Bryant
  2. Jason Witten
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Khalil Mack
  5. Julio Jones
  6. Cam Newton
  7. Julian Edelman
  8. Ben Roethlisberger
  9. Matt Ryan
  10. Eli Manning
  11. Le’Veon Bell
  12. Amari Cooper
  13. Richard Sherman
  14. Drew Brees
  15. JJ Watt
  16. Luke Kuechly
  17. Larry Fitzgerald
  18. Jarvis Landry
  19. Peyton Manning
  20. Todd Gurley II
  21. Jordy Nelson
  22. Kam Chancellor
  23. Kirk Cousins
  24. Colin Kaepernick
  25. Clay Matthews
  26. Marcus Mariota
  27. Matthew Stafford
  28. Brian Dawkins
  29. AJ Green
  30. Tyler Lockett
  31. Stefon Diggs
  32. Bo Jackson
  33. Landon Collins
  34. Joe Montana
  35. Doug Baldwin
  36. Harrison Smith
  37. Jimmy Graham
  38. NaVorro Bowman
  39. Justin Tucker
  40. Andrew Luck


Become a Fanatic Overnight: NFL

You see your friends swapping high-fives and smiling on Sundays as they talk about third and long, end routes, and pass interference. Now, you’re wishing you could just download all the football knowledge from their brains into yours so you could join in the fun! We’re here to help with the Guide to Becoming an NFL Fanatic. In this guide, you’ll get all the information you need to be an overnight fanatic who knows the difference between first downs and touchdowns.

The Football 411

The National Football League (NFL) features 32 teams and entertains millions of fans with every single game. These teams reside in cities throughout the United States, from Dallas to Kansas City to Buffalo to Los Angeles. Each team is either a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) or the National Football Conference (NFC), and in those conferences there are four divisions: North, South, East, and West. For example, the Seattle Seahawks play in the NFL as a member of the NFC West.

These conferences and divisions help determine schedules for which teams play each other over the course of a season.

It’s Game Time

Football games last 60 minutes, and they’re broken into 15-minute quarters and two halves. Before the teams start, the officials flip a coin and the visiting team calls either heads or tails. If they win, they can elect to either accept possession or defer receiving the ball until the second half. (They can also choose the direction the other team kicks the ball in, but that can backfire.)

After two quarters or the first half, teams (and fans!) receive a 12-minute break known as halftime. This is your chance to take a much-needed bathroom break, refill your beverage, or talk with a loved one while the teams refresh for the second half of the game.

You’ll want those breaks because football rarely stops. Once the game begins, the clock continues to run down from 15 minutes to zero in each quarter. It only stops when a player with the ball steps out of bounds, a quarterback throws an incomplete pass, a coach or player calls a timeout; or when the officials (referees) stop play to issue a penalty, review a prior ruling, or observe an on-field injury.

If at the end of the regulation the game is tied, overtime begins. If the team that receives the ball in overtime scores a touchdown, the game is over. If they score a field goal, the other team can continue play by scoring a field goal or end the game with a touchdown. If the receiving team either turns the ball over or fails to score, the other team can win with a field goal. If the game is headed to overtime, you want your team to score first.

Three Phases of the Game

During each play, both teams are engaged in either offense, defense, or special teams. What’s the difference? When a team is on offense, their objective is to score points by driving the ball down the field. Opposing them is the defense, who have the objective of stopping the other team from scoring. If one team scores, or is prevented from gaining the necessary number of yards, both teams take part in special teams. This is when a team kicks the ball to the other team, which receives the ball and begins their turn on offense.


11 Best Friends

Whether they’re on offense or defense, each team has 11 active athletes on the field for every play. The names of the positions for these 11 players are different if they’re an offensive or defensive player. There are also a few special team–specific positions on each squad’s roster.

  • Offensive Position Titles: Quarterback, Running Back, Fullback, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Guard, Tackle, and Center
  • Defensive Position Titles: Tackle, End, Middle or Outside Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety, and Nickel or Dimeback
  • Special Team Position Titles: Kicker, Long Snapper, and Punter

What’s the Score?

The team that has the most points at the end of the game is the winner. They can score points by running or passing a touchdown into the opponent’s end zone, which results in earning six points.

Teams have the choice of electing to kick an extra point for one additional point or trying for a two-point conversion. That’s where the offense runs another play from the 2-yard line and must get the ball into the end zone on that play.

If they can’t get close enough to score a touchdown, teams may kick a field goal that is worth three points.

Defenses get in on the fun and earn points through intercepting a pass or recovering a fumble and running either into the end zone. They can also force a safety, where a quarterback or running back is tackled in the end zone while possessing the ball. Safeties are worth two points.

However the teams score, you just want the other team to have fewer points than yours when time runs out in regulation.

What Teams Should I Be Watching?

Out of the 32 teams, there are some you should be watching even if you don’t root for them. Beyond playing a great game, they have better narratives than most teams. Take the Denver Broncos, reigning Super Bowl Champions. They’re entering the season missing several key players that took them to their first title in 17 years. Then there’s the Carolina Panthers, beaten by Denver in the Super Bowl last season; they’re looking for a chance at redemption.

The Los Angeles Rams are returning football to the City of Angels, and no one is sure if their homecoming story will be a blockbuster sensation or box office bust. In the Northeast, the New England Patriots are hoping to continue their streak of postseason performances, but they’ve started the season with their franchise quarterback suspended for the first four games. And what about the Green Bay Packers? The Cheeseheads and their fans are craving another title in the state of Wisconsin.

Two-Minute Drill

If you were watching your first NFL game tomorrow, you’d want to remember these three things: (1) Your team needs to score points to win – either on offense or defense – and just needs one more than the opposition to win; (2) there are plenty of great teams, but look for the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, and Green Bay Packers to be challenging for top honors this year; (3) fans always come prepared in their team colors to root for their player, whether at home or at the stadium. And you can find the best official apparel and merchandise for your team at


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