It appears that success is not just limited to DICK’S. According to the NFL Players Association, Matthew Stafford ranked 15th in all merchandise sales from March to the end of May. The only quarterbacks to have sold more officially licensed products than Stafford were Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr and Carson Wentz.
Previously, Stafford ranked just 45th in the NFLPA’s end-of-year sales report.
But Stafford wasn’t the only player to make this quarter’s list. For the first time in his career, Golden Tate cracked the top 50, landing at number 33. That placed him ahead of such superstars as A.J. Green, Eli Manning, Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald.
Though no other Lions made the NFLPA’s list, there could be another one donning the list soon. Back in May, Ameer Abdullah was listed to the NFLPA’s “rising 50,” a list devoted to the future top-selling stars in the NFL.
Many consider Abdullah a potential breakout star in 2017, after injuries cut his season short just six quarters last season. With a newfound emphasis on the Lions offensive line, Abdullah may be turning national heads in no time this year.