Jalen Hurts, Eagles continue to prove their dominance over Cowboys off the field

Let's add some more fuel to the fire when it comes to the rivalry between Philadelphia and Dallas.
Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles
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The Dallas Cowboys have long been referred to as "America's Team." However, perhaps that moniker should be given to the Philadelphia Eagles. After all, the Eagles have the most popular players in the entire NFL -- at least in terms of merchandise sales.

The NFLPA recently released a list of the 50 players who sold the most total merchandise last season, and two Eagles players reigned supreme. Quarterback Jalen Hurts came in first overall, while recently-retired center Jason Kelce finished second. The list includes sales made from March 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024.

It's pretty impressive that Eagles players finished in both of the top two spots, and it speaks to just how popular the team and its players are, even outside of Philadelphia. The Kansas City Chiefs are also pretty popular, as Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce came in third and fourth on the list, respectively. Quarterbacks and the Kelce brothers clearly have a chokehold on football fans.

Hurts topping the list isn't surprising given his clutch play, calm demeanor and his position. Overall, quarterbacks made up a whopping 40% of the top 50 list, as 20 different signal-callers made it. The rest of the list breaks down like this: sixteen receivers (32%), four defensive linemen (8%), three running backs (6%), three linebackers (6%), two tight ends (4%), one defensive back (2%) and one offensive lineman (2%).

Birds over 'Boys

Hurts and Kelce weren't the only Eagles who made the list, either. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith came in at No. 17 overall, and his running mate, wide receiver A.J. Brown landed at No. 21. That means four of the 21 most popular NFL players in the world, at least in terms of sales, wore an Eagles uniform last season.

Meanwhile, only three Cowboys players qualified for the list -- Micah Parsons (No. 9), CeeDee Lamb (No. 13) and Dak Prescott (No. 20). So, while that team in Dallas is still popular, it certainly seems like they've been passed up in overall popularity by the Birds. Given Dallas' lack of success recently, this isn't shocking. Sorry, Cowboys fans.