Lone Vikings Player Reaches Top 50 Jersey Sales List
Tom Brady led the way, and Justin Herbert rounded out the Top 10 for NFL jersey sales from March 2021 through February 2022, according to Boardroom.tv.
The soon-to-be 45-year-old Brady flirted with retirement — well, he actually did it — this offseason but opted to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one or two more campaigns. Meanwhile, Herbert authored another stellar season even though his Los Angeles Chargers missed the postseason for a third consecutive season.
A single Vikings player made the Top 50 cut, and unsurprisingly, that was wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
According to a year’s worth of jersey sales, Jefferson’s #18 garment sold to the tune of 38th-best worldwide.
Jefferson, 22, leads the NFL in receiving yards amid the last two seasons (3,016) and ranks 10th in receiving touchdowns. And he conducted that production in his first two years as a pro. In fact, no other NFL player in history has topped Jefferson’s 3,016 receiving yards through the first two years of a career.
Joining the Vikings in 2020, Jefferson arrived from LSU in the draft and was the byproduct of a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Jefferson’s predecessor, Stefon Diggs, grew disenchanted inside the Mike Zimmer-led Vikings offense, frustrated by a lack of targets as Zimmer fancied a run-first approach. Diggs voiced and tweeted enough discontentment that former general manager Rick Spielman traded him to Buffalo, and the Vikings flipped the draft capital into Jefferson, Camryn Bynum (S), Janarius Robinson (EDGE), Kenny Willekes (EDGE), and Zach Davidson (TE).
But Diggs has thrived with the Bills. His quarterback Josh Allen was seemingly waiting on a sure-fire wide receiving weapon to catapult his career to the next level. In Diggs, Allen received that. Via the aforementioned receiving yards since 2020 metric, Diggs places fourth behind Jefferson with 2,760.
As for jersey sales, Diggs outpaced Jefferson by a single notch. Diggs’ jersey ranks 37th, one spot ahead of Jefferson at #38.
The Vikings and Bills will duel in Orchard Park, New York, this autumn or winter.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).