The 2016-17 NFL season isn't over yet (unless you're a Browns fan, in which case it's been over for about three months now—sorry, guys), but we're getting close to the end. There are only four weeks left until the postseason officially starts.
Throughout the season, Dick's Sporting Goods has been keeping a close eye on the best selling jerseys in all 50 states, and most recently, they released a map that shows the most popular jerseys throughout the country. The map, which you can see below, was compiled based on data from between April 28—the first day of the 2016 NFL Draft—and December 7, and it breaks down the jersey preferences of both genders, in addition to kids.
At this time, the data doesn't show anything insanely surprising like it did the time that Bears running back Matt Forte inexplicably had the highest selling jersey in Wisconsin, a.k.a. Packer Country. But it's probably worth noting that Cam Newton has a lot of male fans in Utah for whatever reason. It's also worth noting that the women of Oklahoma seem to have a soft spot in their hearts for Eli Manning. But for the most part, the surprises are kept to a minimum. Tom Brady owns the New England area when it comes to both men and women, Odell Beckham Jr. has a stronghold on New York and New Jersey, and Von Miller has built a wall from Montana down through New Mexico.
Dick's also keeps track of the players with the highest selling jerseys overall in real time. The name on the top of it might surprise you:
- Carson Wentz, Eagles
- Tom Brady, Patriots
- Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
- Von Miller, Broncos
- Antonio Brown, Steelers
- Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
- Luke Kuechly, Panthers
- Russell Wilson, Seahawks
- Cam Newton, Panthers
- A.J. Green, Bengals
Go here to check out more data about this year's best selling NFL jerseys before the season ends.