Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy only Eagle to rank in top-50 highest selling jersey list

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Last week when we learned that Google search data indicated that the Eagles were the 10th most popular NFL team in the nation, I argued that the Eagles lacked star-power. I also said that while LeSean McCoy was hands down the best running-back in the NFL in 2013, and likely would have been the MVP had it not been for Peyton Manning, he wasn’t necessarily at the point where he is viewed as an NFL icon. The national uproar surrounding DeSean Jackson‘s release, may have even indicated that, nationally at least, ‘Shady’ wasn’t even the most popular player on the Eagles. When the NFL Players association released the list of the top 50 selling NFL jerseys today, the notion that LeSean is popular, but not a face of the NFL, was backed up.

Despite clearly being one of the top five or ten most valuable players (on either side of the ball) in the entire league in 2013, McCoy didn’t even crack the top 20. Perhaps fittingly, he checked in at number 25 on the list.

NFLPI Top 50 Player Sales Rankings (FY14):

1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
11. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
12. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
13. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
14. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
16. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
17. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
19. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
20. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
21. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
22. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
23. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
24. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
25. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
26. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
27. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
28. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
29. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
30. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
31. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
32. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
33. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
34. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
35. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
36. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
37. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
38. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
39. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
40. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
41. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
43. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
44. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
45. Von Miller, Denver Broncos
46. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
47. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
48. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
49. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
50. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

The eye-opening thing about this list isn’t that McCoy was so low on the list, but rather, that he was the only Eagle on the entire list. DeSean Jackson wasn’t even on the list, and judging by the DeMarcus Ware Cowboys’ jersey and the Eric Decker Broncos’ jerseys on the list, Jackson’s Eagles jersey could have still ranked on the list.

When it comes down to it, the Eagles are building a team, not relying on the Andy Reid-Joe Banner mentality of putting six or seven expensive players on the field and hoping to win a Superbowl. I can’t claim to know whether or not that plan will work or not. What I do know, is that Superbowl MVP Russell Wilson is the first name on the list, and two of his teammates (Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman), are in the top 15. While Russell Wilson played like a top-five quarterback for much of 2013, if I was making a list of my top five quarterbacks, Wilson would struggle to even make the list. But, his name being on the list represents that if you get a top-seven quarterback, and surround him with an elite team, you can win a championship.

Wilson’s name being on the list also suggests that should the Eagles make a deep playoff run, or even a Superbowl run, that Nick Foles could climb that list. Would Nick Foles being in the top 10 of this list next year mean that he is one of the top-five players in the NFL? Most likely not, but it would show that he was an integral part on one of the NFL’s elite teams in 2014, which is the most important thing when it comes down to it.

Also, Chip Kelly might be the biggest name associated with the Eagles right now, and he wasn’t eligible for the list. Had their been a list of the most respected coaches across the league, I’d be shocked if Kelly didn’t at least crack the top seven.

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