For the past several years, Rob Gronkowski has been widely considered one of the best tight ends in football and one of the toughest defensive matchups in the NFL. When healthy, he’s Tom Brady’s favorite target. His dominance on the field, as well as his status as a perennial fan favorite, has made Gronkowski the third most popular jersey in the league this season and the No. 1 tight end jersey, according to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Jersey Report. Coming off a first round bye, the Patriots hope to get another big game out of Gronk as they face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.
The Chiefs, riding an 11-game winning streak, have their own star tight end, Travis Kelce. Although his stats (both on the field and on the jersey sales charts) aren’t as prolific as Gronkowski’s, Kelce has been a key part of the Chiefs offense in just his second full season of action. He comes in at No. 90 in jersey sales for the season and No. 8 among tight ends. Kelce had a standout performance in the Wildcard round against the Texans, where he hauled in 8 passes for 128 yards. With wide receiver Jeremy Maclin questionable to play Saturday after suffering a high ankle sprain last weekend, Kansas City will need another strong game from Kelce to knock off New England and advance to the AFC Championship.
A big day for Kelce might narrow the jersey sales gap between him and Gronkowski. Kelce comes in as the No. 48 most popular jersey this week and will likely climb the charts if the Chiefs advance. Tune in this weekend to catch all the games, and see which players jump up the ranks in the Jersey Report.