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Aaron Rodgers climbs to No. 2 in jersey sales

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Packers fans have finally and fully jumped on the Aaron Rodgers bandwagon.

Rodgers climbed all the way to No. 2 on the NFL’s final jersey sales numbers over the last year, trailing only Troy Polamalu according to numbers obtained by USA Today.  Rodgers wasn’t in the top three as of January, but rose in the rankings after the Super Bowl.

The Packers led the league in team sales, followed by Steelers, Cowboys, Bears and Patriots.

Drew Brees and Peyton Manning finished third and fourth in jersey sales.  Tim Tebow, who held top spot for most of the year, fell to fifth, while Michael Vick and Tom Brady continued a quarterback run in the top seven.

Brett Favre, who finished No. 1 the previous year, fell to No. 14 during his Sterger season.

Here’s the complete top 15: Troy Polamalu, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, Michael Vick, Tom Brady, Clay Matthews, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, DeSean Jackson, Mark Sanchez, Miles Austin, Brett Favre, and Adrian Peterson.

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47 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers climbs to No. 2 in jersey sales”
  1. sakatak says: Apr 14, 2011 10:51 AM

    Aaron Rodgers future number 1.

  2. 8man says: Apr 14, 2011 10:51 AM

    Well when you help lead your team to a SB win, these things happen.

    Now, how are his Fathead sales?

  3. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 14, 2011 10:53 AM

    “The Packers led the league in team sales, followed by Steelers, Cowboys………..”

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    Just another reason (as if we needed another one!) that the Packers are truly “America’s Team”.

  4. theclaymaker says: Apr 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    Sales at Menards will be up in the next few years to expand trophy displays in Green Bay as well.

  5. parasonic says: Apr 14, 2011 11:06 AM

    eli manning? ew. Tuck or Osi should be the g-men’s top sellers.

  6. lhaveprettyfeet says: Apr 14, 2011 11:08 AM

    How can the league sell merchandise with the names of players which they are locking out? How do players receive compensation?

    The league shouldn’t continue making money off of the players they are locking out.

  7. irishgary says: Apr 14, 2011 11:12 AM

    Just Think Queens fans in 10 or 12 years you can try to sign him

  8. jwesty says: Apr 14, 2011 11:17 AM

    When you only have a one trick poney in your entire state what do you expect?

  9. herlies says: Apr 14, 2011 11:18 AM

    Packer fans have finally jumped on the bandwagon?

    It’s not Paker fans who have made Rodgers #2 in jersey sales.

  10. Marv says: Apr 14, 2011 11:25 AM

    Who bought all those Eli jerseys?

  11. zappa69 says: Apr 14, 2011 11:34 AM

    This is no surprise, Rodgers is on his way to being a star for many years. BUT, another factor is prom is just around the corner and all your ugly daughters are adding a belt, and a pair of green or yellow crocs to it and calling it a formal dress.

  12. gotitan says: Apr 14, 2011 11:43 AM

    Wonder if Brady’s jersey comes with a Kleenex in case I need to cry?

  13. galvestontexans says: Apr 14, 2011 11:43 AM

    @marv Eli bought them

  14. sailor6147 says: Apr 14, 2011 12:04 PM

    It’s Easter, and a new suit is appropriate, even in Wisconsin!

  15. avrus says: Apr 14, 2011 12:08 PM

    “See if you can find a Rodgers picture; one with a NY Jet in it, we haven’t brought them up in almost 2 hours.”

  16. tombradyswig says: Apr 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    STOP BUYING NFL LICENSED STUFF!!!
    you’re supporting the greed!!!!

    FATNFLL

    Fans
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    Lockout

  17. pdxpanther says: Apr 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    What a surprise that 10/15 are QB’s, a telling sign of why the NFL is trying to protect the QB’s.

  18. Steeler's Will says: Apr 14, 2011 12:19 PM

    smarterthantheaveragebearfan says:
    Just another reason (as if we needed another one!) that the Packers are truly “America’s Team”.

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    The only reason I can think of that you would assume Green Bay is “America’s Team” is arrogance, but feel free to list all of those reasons.

    Dallas is the only team that gets that name, as it celebrates one of the greatest dynasties in the modern NFL. It’s not a reward that gets passed around to every SB winner. “Reigning Super Bowl Champions” doesn’t make you tingle enough? Get over yourself.

  19. Mike Tomlin says: Apr 14, 2011 12:22 PM

    Thats not fair Packers fans get some of their money back through stock increase when they buy a jersey if they are a “stakeholder.”

    Im still not sure how they beat the system that explicitly says “teams can not be publically owned” but whatever.

  20. rc33 says: Apr 14, 2011 12:35 PM

    I understand part of the proceeds from the sale of AP’s jersey’s go to the Slavery Defense Fund.
    What a guy.
    Salute!

  21. bhindenemylines says: Apr 14, 2011 12:51 PM

    smarterthantheaveragebearfan says:
    Apr 14, 2011 10:53 AM
    “The Packers led the league in team sales, followed by Steelers, Cowboys………..”

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    Just another reason (as if we needed another one!) that the Packers are truly “America’s Team”.

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    I knew some knucklehead was going to use this quote to draw such a conclusion. But here’s where your logic is flawed.

    They are number one because they got to sell more items then the other teams; “NFC Champions” & “Superbowl Champions” gear. So it only makes sense that they are #1.

    The Steelers, Bears, and Patriots all made the playoffs, so they sold additional merch as well, so that makes sense.

    The true testament as to who really is “America’s Team” is that the Dallas Cowboys, who finished 6-10 and didn’t even sniff a playoff game, are #3.

    Everybody buys merch when their team is winning, but only “America’s Team” can do it when they go 6-10.

  22. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 14, 2011 1:04 PM

    How are the Vikings # 4 THANKS TED jerseys selling, LOL?

  23. packfannchitown says: Apr 14, 2011 1:08 PM

    Steeler’s Will says: Apr 14, 2011 12:19 PM

    smarterthantheaveragebearfan says:
    Just another reason (as if we needed another one!) that the Packers are truly “America’s Team”.

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    The only reason I can think of that you would assume Green Bay is “America’s Team” is arrogance, but feel free to list all of those reasons.
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    Why do the Cowboys get that title? Because one of their execs in the 60s decided to give them that name?

    The Packers have the most Championship wins of any team in the NFL. The Packers of the 60s won FIVE national championships (including two Super Bowls), in seven years! That team is the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL, including the Steelers of the 70s, the Niners of the 80s and the Cowboys of the 90s.

    They don’t call it the Landry trophy, it’s the Lombardi trophy.

    But you go ahead and keep telling yourself America’s team is the Cowboys, whatever makes you sleep better at night.

  24. jrmbadger says: Apr 14, 2011 1:33 PM

    “Mike Tomlin says:
    Apr 14, 2011 12:22 PM
    Thats not fair Packers fans get some of their money back through stock increase when they buy a jersey if they are a “stakeholder.”

    Im still not sure how they beat the system that explicitly says “teams can not be publically owned” but whatever.”

    They dont. From Wikipedia:

    “As of June 8, 2005, 112,015 people (representing 4,750,934 shares) can lay claim to a franchise ownership interest. Shares of stock include voting rights, but the redemption price is minimal, no dividends are ever paid, the stock cannot appreciate in value (though private sales often exceed the face value of the stock), and stock ownership brings no season ticket privileges . No shareholder may own over 200,000 shares, a safeguard to ensure that no individual can assume control of the club. To run the corporation, a board of directors is elected by the stockholders.”

    Basically these people own the team because they want to, not because it gives them any monetary value.

    Continuing:
    “Green Bay is the only team with this form of ownership structure in the NFL; such ownership is in direct violation of current league rules, which stipulate a limit of 32 owners of one team and one of those owners having a minimum 30% stake. However, the Packers corporation was grandfathered when the NFL’s current ownership policy was established in the 1980s,and are thus exempt.

  25. Little Earthquake says: Apr 14, 2011 1:41 PM

    Steeler’s Will says:

    Dallas is the only team that gets that name, as it celebrates one of the greatest dynasties in the modern NFL. It’s not a reward that gets passed around to every SB winner. “Reigning Super Bowl Champions” doesn’t make you tingle enough? Get over yourself.

    ____________

    Dynasty? Are you referring to the 3 championships Dallas won in the 90s?

    That’s 1 fewer than the 70s Steelers and 80s 49ers and 2 fewer than the 60s Packers. Dead even with the 00s Patriots and 80s-90s Redskins.

    Impressive dynasty, no doubt, but hardly the greatest ever.

    Dallas “gets” that name because of an NFL Film title from the 70s. Big D can have it. I hate the term “America’s Team” simply because it elicits so much bickering.

    If you had to pick an NFL team on par with the Yankees, Celtics, or Canadiennes in terms of championship pedigree and history, it’s Packers or Steelers. Dallas is more like the Lakers or St Louis Cardinals – a lot of great teams, but historically a second banana to the gold standards.

  26. packfannchitown says: Apr 14, 2011 1:49 PM

    The true testament as to who really is “America’s Team” is that the Dallas Cowboys, who finished 6-10 and didn’t even sniff a playoff game, are #3.

    Everybody buys merch when their team is winning, but only “America’s Team” can do it when they go 6-10.
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    So if we go by your interpretation then the inevitable conclusion is your “America’s team” really sucks…

  27. dickroy says: Apr 14, 2011 1:50 PM

    I see a lot of Steelers jerseys all around the country. I travel a lot with my job and I see them everywhere.
    I think this is all made up anyway. The bengals are the real Americas team!!

  28. mushroomcloudmofo says: Apr 14, 2011 2:00 PM

    The “America’s Team” monicker is a ridiculous argument. It was a (quite brilliant, actually) manifestation of a marketing term used in the 60′s to promote the Cowboys (and NFL) at a time when the NFL was a clear second to MLB, and probably more of a third behind Boxing.

    As a Packer fan, I couldn’t care one way or the other if we’re “America’s Team,” and as far as I’m concerned it’s a tagline the Cowboys can own. Similarly, I think of “Titletown” as Green Bay, regardless of which team has the most NFL titles (even though, as many Packer fans violently point out, that would still be Green Bay).

    If we’re going to think about it empirically, the team that has the largest national fanbase would logically be “America’s Team.” Most metrics for measuring that are flawed (apparel sales fail to adjust for discretionary income disparities; TV ratings are affected by play style and W/L records, etc…), so any opinion on such is largely subjective (or at the very least, inexact).

  29. thefiesty1 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:06 PM

    Who in their right mind would want to wear a Miles Austin jersey? Someone needs to recount their inventory after finding a few hundred boxes hid in the warehouse.

  30. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    The reason the Packers are “America’s Team” is not just jersey sales. Or TV ratings. Or the Lombardi Trophy. Or all the world titles. Not that they don’t matter…

    The reason the Packer’s are “America’s team” is they represent what we all claim we like about America. Fair play. Egalitarianism. Hard work. Everyman.

    There is no megalomaniac owner in Green Bay. No Wall St companies buying up the best seats and for clients and dooming the average fan to the nose bleeds. There is no price gouging in Green Bay. No raping the fan on parking, beer, or watching spring training.

    Pittsburgh comes the closet of any other team to the Packers in this regard. Its why you see more Steeler or Packer fans at “away” games than home fans sometimes.

    Most folks understand this. The others live in Dallas……

  31. We'reFineThere says: Apr 14, 2011 2:15 PM

    As a transplanted Philly fan, yes, other Eagles fans, Eli and Sanchez jersey guys are who I have to live amongst.

  32. truninerfan49 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:21 PM

    I bet that alot of XXL jerseys were ordered by the female packer fans

  33. latrobe21 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:26 PM

    As a lifelong Steelers’ fan, I’m glad Green Bay has the title. As Mr. Rooney once said, “We don’t want to be America’s team; we want to be Pittsburgh’s team.” Whatever national image the Steelers have is solely due to Pittsburghers having to leave this great city for job opportunities around the country. If you ever lived in/around Pittsburgh, and had a choice, you’d never leave. As I now live in Harrisburg due to my job, I hate seeing the number of new gear/jerseys (still wrinkled from being folded in the box or bag) that people wear everytime the Steelers make it to the Super Bowl. Real Steelers fans don’t have to make a big show to prove they’re fans – you can tell from the way they knowingly talk about the team.

  34. stellarperformance says: Apr 14, 2011 4:41 PM

    I see more and more classy comments from Pittsburgh fans everyday. I would love to visit Pittsburgh and see a game there. I hear nothing but good things abiout that city. I think the Green Bay and Pittsburgh franchises, and their fans, are the two best in the league, bar none. What a refreshing alternative to the angry, bitter, and desperate Viking fans that get most of the press on this site. I know there are decent Viking fans out there because I know many personally, but give it a rest already. If the Packers had lost the Superbowl, I would not have minded it being to the Steelers. I do prefer winning it however.

  35. halftermguv says: Apr 14, 2011 5:37 PM

    Hey Green Bay fans and fellow Steelers fans, quit worrying about a marketing label that the Cowboys came up with 40+ years ago. I’m no more threatened whether Pittsburgh is “Americas Team” than whether they are loved as much as “Everybody loves a Honda” or built “Ford Tough”.

  36. Deb says: Apr 14, 2011 7:48 PM

    @packfannchitown …

    Actually, the whole “America’s Team” thing was a marketing ploy the NFL cooked up in the 70s. They came to the Steelers first because of their Super Bowl wins at the time, but the Rooneys turned them down. They didn’t believe one team should be singled out with some bogus title like that.

    The Cowboys were also wildly popular that decade, so Tex Schram was the next person the league approached. If you know anything about Tex, he was a marketing maniac–about like Jerry Jones. So of course, he jumped all over it. And that’s how the Cowboys got the nickname.

    I think all the America’s Team stuff is silly because it is just a marketing ploy and they’re not the national team. (Can’t imagine what Steelers Will is drinking.) The “Titletown USA” thing Green Bay has is a lot cooler.

  37. Deb says: Apr 14, 2011 7:49 PM

    As a lover of defensive football, I think it’s a hoot that you have all those QB jerseys … but a safety still holds the top spot :)

  38. melonnhead says: Apr 15, 2011 1:34 AM

    Just another reason (as if we needed another one!) that the Packers are truly “America’s Team”.

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    Actually, a huge reason why they are NOT “America’s Team”. C’mon, they can only get those high sales because they won the Super Bowl. When they go back to sucking again, so will their merchandise sales. The Cowboys are #3 in spite of not having won a Super Bowl in over a decade.

  39. melonnhead says: Apr 15, 2011 2:18 AM

    Why do the Cowboys get that title? Because one of their execs in the 60s decided to give them that name?

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    Bob Ryan of NFL Films gave them that name. “I saw all these fans in away stadiums. Hey, they’re the most popular team in the country. How can I use that? Why don’t we call them “America’s Team”?” –

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    But you go ahead and keep telling yourself America’s team is the Cowboys, whatever makes you sleep better at night.

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    At first glance the Packers have an argument, but it’s weak when you find out that a lot of the owners aren’t even US citizens, and some are big corporate entities (including Proctor & Gamble and SABMiller, which is headquartered in London). You keep telling yourself it’s the Packers, I’ll go with the NFL, which says that the Cowboys’ nickname of “America’s Team” is one of the top 10 nicknames in NFL history. Not only “America’s Team” but also All-American and owned by real Americans, not multi-billion dollar corporations both foreign and domestic.

  40. melonnhead says: Apr 15, 2011 2:23 AM

    I think all the America’s Team stuff is silly because it is just a marketing ploy and they’re not the national team. (Can’t imagine what Steelers Will is drinking.) The “Titletown USA” thing Green Bay has is a lot cooler

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    It’s cooler, but again, it’s incorrect. I believe NYC has more sports titles.

  41. 1historian says: Apr 15, 2011 7:14 AM

    There is no such thing as ‘America’s Team’. It was, is now and always will be nothing more than a marketing gimmick. The fact that that silly phrase is still around is testimonial to the fact that it is a smart one, but that’s all it is.

    I live in New England and I used to be a Pats fan, but I got tired of them because of Kraft’s ‘man of the people’ schtick on one hand while on the other hand he is hosting Donald Trump, the ‘Patriot Way’ schtick, I saw pictures in the Boston Herald of Brady’s wife modeling a bikini with pictures of Che Guavera on them, and I saw pictures of the obscene house he is building in California. I’m NOT saying that he doesn’t have the right to do that with the money he earned, I’m just saying that it is obscene.

    I used to be a BALTIMORE COLTS fan back in the 60s and the Packers would beat them regularly. I always respected the Pack and the fact that they are the only publicly owned team, they have been NFL from the beginning, and the fact that my favorite ball cap is a plain green denim one with just the G logo and $5 of the proceeds go to needy military families pretty much seals the deal. They discontinued that hat and I have lost my hat so I am begging them to start making it again. It’s a plain hat, nothing fancy.

  42. 1historian says: Apr 15, 2011 7:16 AM

    OMT – I have one game shirt. It’s an away game shirt, it’s white and blue, and it has the number ’19′ on it. Guess whose name is on it. All I have to do is lose enough weight to fit into the darn thing.

    I’ve got to take the dog to daycare so you all have a good day.

  43. Steeler's Will says: Apr 15, 2011 12:08 PM

    Deb says:
    Apr 14, 2011 7:48 PM

    “I think all the America’s Team stuff is silly because it is just a marketing ploy and they’re not the national team. (Can’t imagine what Steelers Will is drinking.) The “Titletown USA” thing Green Bay has is a lot cooler.”
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    Ask a Cowboy fan if the moniker “America’s Team” is just a marketing ploy. No matter how it came about it will always belong to the Dallas Cowboys, and coveting that name is pretty pathetic. I wouldn’t be too keen on some other team lucking into a good defense and calling it the Steel Curtain or even some variation of it. Just like most Pack fans are protective of “Titletown”, although I see that particular title gets passed around pending results of the occasional ESPN poll of readers.

  44. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 15, 2011 1:05 PM

    The Cowboys are not America’s Team. They are Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico’s team. Ever seen the crowd when the Cowboys play at the Cardinals?

    Nuff said. Ir Vaqueros. That’s “Go Cowboys” in Spanish.

  45. 1historian says: Apr 15, 2011 2:12 PM

    The moniker ‘America’s Team’ IS nothing more than a marketing ploy.
    Proof? How much money do people spend on Cowboys paraphenalia? (Not that I give a s..t!)

    Who would covet a name like that?

  46. Deb says: Apr 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    @Steelers Will …

    “Steel Curtain” is one of those nicknames teams pick up from fans and sportswriters because of their play. Alabama got the team nickname “Crimson Tide” from a sportswriter’s description of how the red-jerseyed players appeared to swamp their opponents. “America’s Team” was a marketing ploy offered to other teams before it was offered to the Cowboys. If the Rooneys had said yes, that would be Pittsburgh’s brand. Unlike Dallas’s “Doomsday Defense,” Washington’s “Hogs,” Miami’s “Killer Bs,” and other nicknames, it says nothing about the team. That’s the point I was making.

    And I couldn’t understand why a Steelers fan was so ardently defending the Cowboys on that “America’s Team” issue because most Steelers fans think it’s laughable. We agree with the Charlie Daniels lyric: If you want to understand life In America, “just go and lay your hand on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan …” :)

  47. bmue42 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:08 AM

    I think all the America’s Team stuff is silly because it is just a marketing ploy and they’re not the national team. (Can’t imagine what Steelers Will is drinking.) The “Titletown USA” thing Green Bay has is a lot cooler

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    It’s cooler, but again, it’s incorrect. I believe NYC has more sports titles.

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    its true NYC has more titles but not when you look at the title to pro sports team ratio or titles to population and market size ratio. TITLEtown is a way better than americas team, it signifies championships, not cheesy 60′s 70′s marketing ploys, when i think of america’s team i think of crack and michael irving or leon lett and his countless bad decisions, ect ,ect and now we have dez bryant to sit back watch and enjoy, mostly i think of over paid drug addicts who blame others for their problems, not champions, im 24 and i know thats how most of my generation feels about “americas team”. TITLEtown is great because even though were not perfect at least its true

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