Bengals’ Evan McPherson makes NFL marketing history

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Evan McPherson of the Cincinnati Bengals has become the first kicker to appear on an NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List as the former Fort Payne High School standout reached No. 36 on the chart for the March 1 through May 31 period.

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’s list is only verified ranking of all officially licensed NFL player products sold by more than 80 NFLPA licensees.

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The NFLPA has been compiling 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 streak of 22 consecutive successful field-goal kicks.

The streak included 14 field goals in last season’s playoffs, which featured a 52-yarder on the final snap of a 19-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans, and a 31-yarder in a 27-24 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

McPherson started the preseason by connecting six straight times, including hitting from 58, 56 and 50 yards.

After joining the Bengals from Florida in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, McPherson made nine field goals of at least 50 yards, more in one regular season than any other kicker had made in his Cincinnati career. McPherson then kicked three more 50-yard field goals in the postseason. Cincinnati had one field goal of at least 50 yards in its playoff history before last year.

Other players from Alabama high schools and colleges on the latest quarterly sales list included 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 running back 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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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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