So much has changed over the past five years of NFL action. And yet, some things stay the same.
A tweet from the NFL communications department, published days before Super Bowl 50, broke down the best-selling jerseys for the season that was about to come to an end. The names that topped the list surprised no one.
Tom Brady, whose No. 12 Patriots jersey was a mainstay in the top-10 at this point, ranked atop the list. The then-38 year old had posted another tremendous season, leading the Pats to a 12-4 season and an appearance in the AFC Championship with a 4,770-yard, 36-touchdown display. Coming up behind him was Cam Newton, whose No. 1 Carolina jersey flew off the shelves as he tore up the NFL, eventually winning the league MVP award and leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl.
If you had predicted that they would remain atop the list entering the 2020 season, it would have been a bold statement, to say the least. 2020 Brady would be 43 years old. Newton would have been 31. Both would have eventually paved the way for a fresh crop of young, exciting quarterbacks and other dynamic playmakers to take their places among the top 10.
But no. Instead, the race in 2020 is boiling down to the exact same duo, though the jerseys look substantially different.
According to a press release, the sales used to tally these totals were accumulated from Sunday, September 6 through Thursday, September 10 on both Fanatics and NFL Shop.
As long as Brady continues to defy his age and prolong his NFL career, it would be a shock to see his jersey fall out of the top five. The surefire Hall of Famer ranked No. 1 last season on NFL Shop's top-selling jerseys, trailed by Patrick Mahomes at No. 2. After signing a record-breaking $503-million contract with the Chiefs, he figures to stay among the best sellers in the league, especially now that the Kansas City fan base knows that he's staying in town for sure.
Ezekiel Elliott, Khalil Mack and Dak Prescott rounded out the top five in 2019.