Jersey sales don't add up for Bears

January, 10, 2011
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers, Devin Hester: all household names, right?

Perhaps that’s the case in Chicagoland, but to push the Bears’ no-respect sentiment a step further, none of the team’s jerseys made the early January top-sellers list on NFLShop.com, while NFC-North foe Aaron Rodgers checks in at No. 7.

The rankings come from jersey sales taking place from April 1 through Jan. 2

Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers leads the NFL in jersey sales, becoming the first defensive player to top the list since Urlacher in 2006. Following Polamalu are Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Rodgers, Eli Manning of the New York Giants, DeSean Jackson of the Eagles, and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo checks in at No. 11, followed by Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings.

No Bears player cracked the top 25 in jersey sales. Two other NFC North foes outside of Favre -- Adrian Peterson at No. 14, and Clay Matthews at No. 15 -- cracked the top 25.

Despite the lack of individual jersey sales, the Bears ranked No. 6 in terms of team merchandise. The top five are Pittsburgh, Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New England. 7 through 10 are the Giants, Packers, Colts and Jets.

So here’s a little extra motivation for this Bears team fueled by a perceived lack of respect. Have at it.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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