Merchandise sales reflect Tua-mania of QB’s first season in the NFL


Since entering the NFL from Alabama as the fifth player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has moved cargo better than all but three of the players.

Tagovailoa placed fourth on the NFLPA Top 50 Sales List for the period March 1 through November 30, which the NFL Players Association released on Saturday.

The three players ahead of Tagovailoa on the sales list are also quarterbacks – Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No.1, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs at No.2 and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens at No.3.

Tagovailoa finished at the top of the rookie list, taking a spot ahead of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, the first player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Top 50 list is based on reported sales by over 80 NFLPA licensees. Licensed products include jerseys, t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, socks, headbands, wall decals, pennants, collectible figures, photos, figures, items for drinks, pet products and many more categories.

Former Auburn All-American Cam Newton placed 10th on the sales list for the period. The quarterback played for the New England Patriots in 2020 after nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Between Burrow and Newton, in sixth through ninth, were Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Green Bay Packers quarterback, respectively. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle.

Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders was second to Elliott among runners on the sales list and third among non-quarterbacks. The former Alabama star was in the No.12 position.

Three other Alabama alumni made the sales rankings – Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (a former Foley High School star) at No. 21, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry at No. No. 33 and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper at No. 35.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.

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