Eight NFC North players on player sales list

April, 28, 2014
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When players reach the pros, so much of their personal brand and style goes beyond what the player actually does on the field and ties into what they are able to sell themselves as in the entirety of their being.

While that may be more true in the NBA and MLB, where the faces of players aren't obscured by helmets and facemasks, those same principles can carry over to the NFL.

And unsurprisingly, quarterbacks dominated the top 50 player sales list for the fiscal year from March 1, 2013, to Feb. 28, 2014.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the highest-rated player in the NFC North on the list, coming in fifth behind Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson was No. 13 and the second-highest-rated running back behind Seattle's Marshawn Lynch (No. 7). Right behind Peterson was Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, at No. 14.

Detroit's Calvin Johnson was the only Lions player on the list and the top-selling wide receiver at No. 20, just ahead of Victor Cruz of the New York Giants at No. 21. Two tight ends -- Dallas' Jason Witten and New England's Rob Gronkowski -- were ahead of Johnson.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was the highest-rated Chicago player at No. 31 and his quarterback, Jay Cutler, was No. 36. Their running back, Matt Forte, was No. 49 on the list.

Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson was No. 43, just ahead of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.

At least among Lions players, there weren't many surprises of who was not included, although running back Reggie Bush, quarterback Matthew Stafford and even defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh all could have ended up toward the bottom of that list.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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