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Jason Witten the Most Popular Cowboy, According to Memorabilia Sales



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.