While Aaron Rodgers has the accolades, George Kittle has the eccentric persona. Oh, and the 49ers tight end had better merchandise sales last season, too.
It’s good to be Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and it’s good to be San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle.
Both are household names. Both have been the highest-paid players at their respective positions. Both are elites at the NFL level.
While Rodgers might be the reigning league MVP, he can’t show up Kittle in this one regard.
Somewhere out there, there are Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs comments as Yogurt, blurting out, “Merchandising! Merchandising!”
Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled program.
George Kittle merch outsold Aaron Rodgers merch in 2021
Measuring last year’s football season from March of 2021 through February of this year, the National Football League Players Association took inventory of all officially licensed NFL player products and merchandise.
And while Kittle and Rodgers both made it in the top 10, the Niners’ All-Pro managed to outsell Rodgers by two spots.
Take that, A-Ron.
To no one’s surprise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady ranked No. 1, while Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes came in at No. 2.
If there’s some solace, Northern California native and longtime 49ers fan Josh Allen (he also plays quarterback for the Buffalo Bills) jumped ahead to No. 3. Great for him, being a Niners fan and all.
Any other 49ers aside from George Kittle in the top 50 of merch sales?
Kittle wasn’t the only San Francisco player to grace the NFLPA’s top-50 list of merch sales.
EDGE Nick Bosa came in at No. 23, while wide receiver Deebo Samuel and quarterback Trey Lance made it in back-to-back order at Nos. 43 and 44, respectively.
Four players in the top 50 sure isn’t a bad thing for the 49ers, and it’s no surprise to see Kittle at the very top. Although it might be a bit surprising to see Samuel down lower, considering the other-worldly All-Pro season he had over the course of 2021.
Either way, Kittle still managed to outperform Rodgers in this regard, so that’ll be one more loss the Green Bay quarterback will have to admit to San Francisco.