Welcome to our November Jersey Power Rankings. Each month, we’ll figure out which players moved the most jerseys… this month, Seattle lost its monopoly over the rankings, throwbacks took three out of five spots, and a certain player made his power rankings debut at #1:
Holding onto his spot from last month, Easley kept the momentum going from his jersey retirement media tour. Obviously, despite a relatively short career that ended thirty years ago, Easley made an impact in the hearts and minds of Seattle fans that persists to this day.
Easley’s hyper-physical yet fundamentally sound brand of defense was the 1980s precursor to the dominant modern Legion of Boom, and it’s too bad younger Seattle fans never got to see the original Emerald City enforcer in his prime.
Doug Baldwin makes his third consecutive appearance in the top five, making him the only player to crack all three lists. Incidentally, his blue home jersey is also our most popular jersey overall.
Both those streaks figure to continue if Baldwin and Seattle keep rolling on their current playoff pace. A big matchup with the Rams looms this month which will likely determine the division winner, but the good news is that Baldwin & co already beat them in LA.
With Sherman and Chancellor out for the season, Seattle’s had to rely more on their offense than ever before; luckily for them, they’ve got Baldwin (and Wilson, and Graham) to carry the load.
Since we just wrote about Yoda in this week’s Throwback Thursday post, we won’t spend too much time on him here. In short, it’s pretty impressive that a guy who hasn’t played in thirty years—and unlike Easley, hasn’t been in the news—still carries enough fandom cache to reach #3 on our monthly rankings. Largent’s the man, and Seattle knows it.
Speaking of throwbacks, our top Seattle jersey (and very, VERY nearly our top jersey overall) came from Cortez Kennedy. The no-question best Seahawks of the 1990s saw sudden boom in jerseys repped, owing perhaps to a high-profile rep from ESPN’s Gee Scott.
For those who don’t know, Tez was an otherworldly pass rusher at the right tackle position. He was the 1992 Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time Pro Bowler (in an 11-year career), and a selection the All 1990s First Team.
Sadly, Kennedy died earlier this year. Obviously, Seattle fans miss him.
Erupting onto our rankings with a debut at the #1 spot, Big Play Slay has been one of the few bright spots for the Lions through a frustrating stretch that saw them lose their chance at the NFC North crown. In fact, Slay almost saved them in the functionally division-clinching duel with Minnesota with what seemed to be a blocked kick returned all the way to the opposing endzone.
Alas, Big Play Slay was called (justifiably) for offsides on that play and the Vikings won comfortably. Nonetheless, Slay has been a clutch demon this season, blowing up seemingly countless fourth-quarter drives and making the big play more often than not. That was enough to propel him—and Detroit—to the top of our jersey power rankings for November.
Best of the Rest
With Seattle still holding most of the top five, everybody else’s big jersey movers will have to settle for this honorable mentions category. Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch has been playing his best ball of the season and only narrowly missed out on the top five. The Broncos’ season has sadly mostly fallen apart, but defensive star Von Miller continues to post solid jersey numbers. In San Francisco, yesterday rules today, as Jerry Rice led all Niners in jerseys repped.
Over in NBA-land, the top overall jersey was Seattle’s Kevin Durant throwback. Nipping at his heels, Grant Hill led Detroit and missed out on the top spot by only two jerseys sent. Elsewhere, Denver stuck with the throwback theme behind Dikembe Mutombo, and Golden State broke the trend behind leading jersey-mover Steph Curry.
That’s all for November. Will another month of basketball help the NBA crack the top five? Can Oakland or Detroit sneak into the playoffs and weaken Seattle’s hold on the power rankings? Will Rep the Squad’s newest team make a splash in their first month?
Come back in January to find out!