Thursday, April 14, 2011

Troy Polamalu's No. 43 most popular NFL jersey PUBLISHED 7 hours and 49 minutes ago LAST UPDATED 7 hours and 34 minutes ago

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu may have the most popular hair in the NFL. Now, his jersey is No. 1, too.

Polamalu's No. 43 was the top-selling NFL players jersey over the last fiscal year (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011), according to numbers obtained from the NFL by Sporting News.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) celebrates his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL AFC championship against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. (AP Photo)

It's not too surprising to see Polamalu at the top of the list. Over the previous four years, beginning in 2006, his jersey ranked sixth, 11th, third and fourth.

Polamalu and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (eighth) were the only two non-quarterbacks in the top 10.

Super Bowl champion quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranked second in jersey sales. Rounding out the top 10 were: 3. Drew Brees; 4. Peyton Manning; 5. Tim Tebow; 6. Michael Vick; 7. Tom Brady; 8. Matthews; 9. Tony Romo; 10. Eli Manning.

Quarterback Brett Favre, who led jersey sales a year ago, fell to No. 14.

The Packers led in team merchandise sales over the last year. They were followed, in order, by the Steelers, Cowboys, Bears, Patriots, Eagles, Saints, Giants, Jets and Colts.

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