While the Deflategate controversy may have hurt New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's credibility in the eyes of some fans, it hasn't stopped plenty of others from showing their support for the future Hall of Famer through the purchase of his No. 12 jersey.
Art Stapleton of the Record provided a look at the top five, which also includes Brady's Patriots teammate, tight end Rob Gronkowski:
Not only did Brady beat a four-game suspension in court, but he is likely the leading MVP candidate through Week 2 with 754 yards, seven passing touchdowns, no interceptions and a pair of victories.
Brady and the Pats seem to be taking their frustration out on the NFL for the manner in which the league handled the Deflategate situation, and Brady's fans are loving it.
Even when many were calling for Brady's head during the offseason, the Patriots fanbase remained extremely supportive, as evidenced by actions such as the "Free Tom Brady" rally.
Legendary, transcendent players like Brady often have a jersey among the most sold, but they usually face stiff competition from up-and-coming players or those who recently changed teams.
Brady has worn No. 12 for the Pats ever since he was a rookie in 2000, and he is somehow as popular as ever. That is no small feat.
If Brady adds more hardware to his collection, his popularity may very well reach an entirely different level by the end of the season.
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