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3 Vikings in Top 50 for NFL Merchandise Sales

The NFL annually tracks player-identified merchandise sales, and three Vikings made the top-50 list for the last fiscal year that ran from March 1, 2016 through Feb. 28, 2017.

According to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Stefon Diggs, Harrison Smith and Stefon Diggs came in at 35, 44 and 46, respectively.

Bridgewater missed all of his third pro season after suffering a dislocated knee last August but remained popular with fans.

Smith was one of just nine defensive players in the top-50. The top-selling defensive player was J.J. Watt, breaking in at No. 13.

Diggs made the jump from being ranked No. 33 on the 2016 Rising 50 list. He was one of 10 players to make the 2017 top-50 after appearing on last year's rising star list. Diggs was joined by Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), Todd Gurley (Rams), Kirk Cousins (Redskins), Jared Goff (Rams), DeAndre Hopkins (Texans), Carson Wentz (Eagles), Doug Baldwin (Seahawks), Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) and Jarvis Landry (Dolphins).

Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards in 2016. He topped the sales list, becoming the first rookie to finish No. 1.

Elliott was followed by quarterback Dak Prescott (Cowboys), quarterback Tom Brady (Patriots), wide receiver Dez Bryant (Cowboys) and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants).

Dallas also had tight end Jason Witten at No. 12 and quarterback Tony Romo at No. 15, joining Seattle as the only two teams to have five players make the list.

The Vikings were one of five teams that had three players on the list. The others were the Patriots, Packers, Steelers and Raiders.

Included in the tracked sales are jerseys, other apparel, McFarlane Toys figurines, Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, Fathead wall graphics, bobbleheads and more. According to the NFLPA website, "NFLPA licensees generated retail sales exceeding $1.6 billion during the year. The NFLPA currently ranks as the 37th largest global licensor according to License! Global."

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