Just before the Super Bowl, the NFLPA released player merchandise sales figures covering the period from March 1 to November 30 of last year.
Tom Brady topped the list, followed by Patrick Mahomes. But at No. 4 was Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa.
The quarterback was selected fifth overall last spring, but had a middle rookie season. He’s been remarkably self-critical of his first year as a pro, saying in several offseason interviews that he could have performed better. But Tagovailoa would also be willing to put aside some of the spotlight to win more games.
“I’d say I was surprised, but it shows the support that Miami fans and the Dolphins nation have for our team,” Tagovailoa said of the jersey sale, via SportingNews.com’s Bill Bender. “It is very honorable to say the least that many Dolphins fans want to buy my jersey. At the end of the day, I think popularity is the last on my list of things I want.
“I just want to help my team win games, man. … If I could just give up the whole popularity deal and win a Super Bowl, I’d do it in a heartbeat. “
Tagovailoa finished 2020 completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. If Tagovailoa can take a significant step forward in 2021, it will have a good chance of achieving the goal of winning more matches. Plus, that will only help you continue to sell a lot of merchandise.