Which Steelers cracked the top-50 in NFL jersey sales in 2021?
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a devoted fan base across the nation. Here are the players who cracked the top-50 in NFL jersey sales in 2021.
The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly didn’t have their best season in 2021, but that doesn’t mean that fans weren’t out in full force cheering on their team in front of their televisions. When it comes to fanbases, the Steelers have representatives from around the nation who travel to road game supporting the black and gold.
The NFLPA recently released their list of the top-50 jersey sales from 2021 (March 1st to November 30th). You’re probably not surprised to see that three Steelers made the list.
As always, the top sales belong to players like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, while “American’s team” (the Dallas Cowboys) once again dominates this list with 5 of the top-50 jersey sales.
Here are the highest-selling Steelers jerseys and their ranks among all NFL players, according to the NFLPA:
Steelers EDGE T.J. Watt: 14th
It would have been a crime if T.J. Watt didn’t crack the top-15 after three dominant seasons in a row. Watt has been one of the top Defensive Player of the Year candidates every year since 2019, and I don’t see that trend changing anytime soon.
The NFL’s most productive edge defender over the past four years had the highest-selling jersey among all defensive players in the league. Nick Bosa was second with the 25th-best jersey sales this year.
Steelers RB Najee Harris: 23rd
It’s no surprise to see fans jump on the Najee Harris train. Running back is one of the most popular positions among fans around the league and as a first-round pick in 2021, fans weren’t about to take the wait-and-see approach.
Harris broke the Steelers rookie record for scrimmage yards and he will no doubt touch the ball more than any skill player on this offense over the next 4-5 yards. Surprisingly, four running backs had higher jersey sales this past year in Ezekiel Elliott, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs, and Derrick Henry.
Steelers WR Chase Claypool: 42nd
This one surprised me a bit. The third and final player to crack the top-50 in NFL jersey sales was not Minkah Fitzpatrick, Diontae Johnson, or Cameron Heyward; rather it was Chase Claypool. The second-year wide receiver took a step back during the 2021 season as he struggled with consistency and his overall efficiency took a hit.
Despite some social media drama and some bone-headed plays on the field, Claypool remains one of the most popular players on the team and around the league. Only 7 wide receivers had higher jersey sales than Claypool in 2021.
I’m always interested to see how the general population of football fans views these players, and the results are always a bit surprising. As of now, it appears that T.J. Watt, Najee Harris, and Chase Claypool are the three most popular players on the team.