The Cowboys only managed four wins last season. But, more proof they remain America’s Team, they have three of the Top 12 players in product sales in 2015-16.
The NFL Players Association released its player rankings for the period of March 1, 2015 to Feb. 29, 2016 and the Cowboys were not surprisingly well represented.
The rankings are based on overall sales of licensed products such as jerseys, wall decals, framed photos and bobbleheads.
The overall sales of licensed products for the year topped – get ready for it - $1.5 billion. Yes, with a b.
Tom Brady took over the top spot from Russell Wilson, just ahead of retiring legend Peyton Manning. The Broncos’ quarterback had the best-selling jersey, while Colin Kaepernick’s cap was No. 1 and Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo tied for the lead in sales of international jerseys and T-shirts.
Behind Brady and Manning at 1-2 were Cowboys Dez Bryant (5th), Jason Witten (10th) and Romo (12th). Texans’ defensive MVP J.J. Watt ranked 9th and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller of the Broncos finished 24th.
To sneak back into the playoffs in 2016, the Cowboys will need to put another player – or two? – on this list this season.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.