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Jason Witten the Most Popular Cowboy, According to Memorabilia Sales

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    Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a touchdown pass as he's defended by Major Wright #21 of the Chicago Bears during the second quarter on December 9, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

    Of all the pass-catchers in the NFL, guess which one generated the most memorabilia sales in 2013? Before you even open your mouth I can confidently retort “Wrong.”

    Why? Because no, the answer isn’t Calvin Johnson or Josh Gordon or A.J. Green or Jimmy Graham. Instead, the pass-catcher with the popular persona is about to enter his 12th season as a Dallas Cowboy in a career as one of the NFL’s all-time best tight ends.

    Jason Witten, take a bow. Another one. Cha-ching.

    In a list released by NFL Players Inc., Witten ranked No. 15 among all players in jersey and memorabilia sales via online and traditional over-the-counter outlets. Witten was also the highest-ranked Cowboy, besting Tony Romo (22), DeMarcus Ware (29), Dez Bryant (30) and Miles Austin (34).

    Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson was No. 1, followed by Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Aaron Rodgers. In fact, nine of the Top 10 are quarterbacks. Marshawn Lynch is the highest-ranked non-quarterback at No. 7 and J.J. Watt is the top defensive player at No. 11.

    NFLPI Top 50 Player Sales Rankings

    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

    16. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

    17. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers

    18. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

    19. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

    20. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

    21. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

    22. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

    23. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

    24. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

    25. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

    26. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

    27. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

    28. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

    29. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

    30. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

    31. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

    32. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

    33. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

    34. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

    35. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

    36. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

    37. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

    38. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

    39. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

    40. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

    41. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

    42. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

    43. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

    44. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

    45. Von Miller, Denver Broncos

    46. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

    47. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

    48. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

    49. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

    50. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
     

    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 currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.