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Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints Lead NFL Merchandise Sales

The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints had a breakthrough year both on the field and off in 2009-2010. For the first time in franchise history, they led the NFL in merchandise sales.

In fact, the Saints had never even ranked in the top 10 before their first Super Bowl season.
They beat out the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings in the total amount of licensed products sold on NFLShop.com during the league year, which ran from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

Quarterback Drew Brees ranked second in individual jersey sales behind Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Tailback Reggie Bush ranked 10th, and tight end Jeremy Shockey ranked 24th.

Naturally, the Saints' Super Bowl victory gave them a big boost, with all those championship hats and T-shirts and DVDs adding to their tally, in addition to the increased exposure and popularity. But the Who Dat Nation had started to grow throughout their remarkable season,

The Saints first cracked the top-10 list in merchandise sales in November, then climbed to No. 8 before the playoffs kicked off.

All of the revenue from sales on NFLShop.com is shared equally among the league's 32 teams, but the Saints do get to keep the revenue from merchandise sold in their own stores and online sites.

Here's a list of the top-ranked teams and players:

TEAM MERCHANDISE SALES:
1. New Orleans Saints
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. Indianapolis Colts
6. New York Giants
7. New England Patriots
8. Chicago Bears
9. Philadelphia Eagles
10. Denver Broncos

INDIVIDUAL JERSEY SALES
1. Brett Favre, Vikings
2. Drew Brees, Saints
3. Peyton Manning, Colts
4. Troy Polamalu, Steelers
5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
6. Tony Romo, Cowboys
7. Tom Brady, Patriots
8. Eli Manning, Giants
9. Jason Witten, Cowboys
10. Reggie Bush, Saints
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
12. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
13. Mark Sanchez, Jets
14. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
15. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
16. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers/Jets
17. Jay Cutler, Bears
18. Marion Barber, Cowboys
19. Hines Ward, Steelers
20. Michael Vick, Eagles
21. Joe Flacco, Ravens
22. Chad Ochocinco, Bengals
23. Wes Welker, Patriots
24. Jeremy Shockey, Saints
25. Philip Rivers, Chargers


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Added: Apr-15-2010 Occurred On: Apr-15-2010
By: Wegodex
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