Bengals’ Evan McPherson makes NFL marketing history
Evan McPherson of the Cincinnati Bengals became the first kicker to appear on an NFLPA Top 50 Players list as the former Fort Payne High School standout reached No. 36 in the standings for the March 1 period. to May 31.
The NFL Players Association released the quarterly report this week. The list reports sales of all officially licensed NFL player products during the three-month period. The NFLPA List is only a verified ranking of all officially licensed NFL player products sold by over 80 NFLPA licensees.
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The NFLPA has compiled its tally of the players responsible for moving the most merchandise with fans since 2014, and no kicker had ever appeared on the quarterly or annual lists before McPherson’s breakthrough.
On Sunday night, McPherson missed a 58-yard attempt in a preseason game against the New York Giants that ended a 22-game field goal streak.
The streak included 14 field goals in last season’s playoffs, which featured a 52-yard rush in the final snap of a 19-16 win over the Tennessee Titans, and a 31-yard rush in a 27-24 in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
McPherson started the preseason by connecting six times in a row, including striking from 58, 56 and 50 yards.
After joining the Florida Bengals in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, McPherson scored nine field goals from at least 50 yards, more in a regular season than any other kicker had in his career. career in Cincinnati. McPherson then threw three more 50-yard field goals in the playoffs. Cincinnati had at least a 50-yard field goal in its playoff history before last year.
Other Alabama high school and college players on the latest quarterly sales list include New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (Alabama) at No. 11, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (West Alabama) at No. 14, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (Alabama) at No. 28, Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (Alabama) at No. 29, Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry (Alabama) at No. 33, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (Alabama) at No. 35 and Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (Alabama) at No. 43.
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