Bengals’ Joe Burrow humiliates AFC North QBs in jersey sales
By Kristen Wong
Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow has the looks and personality of a movie star, which could explain why he’s so popular in the NFL and so beloved by Cincy.
Another reason? He’s a damn good quarterback.
After leading the Bengals to their third Super Bowl appearance, Burrow’s jersey sales understandably went through the roof last season, besting those of any other AFC North quarterback.
According to NFLPA’s Top 50 player sales, between March of 2021 and February of 2022, Burrow ranks fourth overall behind only Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen in top jersey sales.
Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and Pittsburgh Steelers’ now-retired Ben Roethlisberger don’t crack the top-ten, with Jackson ranked 11th and Big Ben ranked 45th overall.
Somehow, Patriots’ Mac Jones ranks just below Burrow as the fifth most popular jersey in the nation, but we’d bet on Jones falling down the list in 2022 while Burrow gets more popular.
Cincinnati Bengals win AFC North popularity contest with the ever-dazzling Joe Burrow
Burrow notably returned in 2021 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his rookie season, and suffice to say he came back to the league with a bang. In 16 regular season games, Burrow recorded league-highs in pass completion rate (70.3 percent) and yards per pass attempt (8.9 yards) while throwing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns.
The young buck took the Bengals to the Super Bowl in his second year in the league in what will be told and retold as one of the greatest underdog stories of all time. This season, however, Burrow and the Bengals are underdogs no more.
In a much more cutthroat AFC landscape, Cincinnati won’t have the element of surprise on its side and will face a steeper uphill battle to achieve last season’s level of success.
Burrow’s partner-in-crime, Ja’Marr Chase, ranked 17th overall in player jersey sales as the only other Bengals player on the list. We’re just happy Chase edged out Mac Jones for OROY last year and we believe Chase, like Burrow, only ages better over time.
The 2022 AFC North quarterback competition looks markedly different with Kenny Pickett and Deshaun Watson entering the mix, but Joe Burrow will continue ranking No. 1 in the division in our eyes.
After all, no one is quite as “cool” as the Bengals’ star quarterback.