The 2016 Rising 50 list is compiled by the the marketing and licensing arm of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). The is their second year in predicting which players are "best positioned to rank among top-sellers of all officially licensed merchandise and become future retail stars."
The Chicago Bears have one player who made the Rising 50 this year, running back Jeremy Langford. During his rookie season of 2015, Langford appeared in all 16 games, making 2 starts, he rushed for 537 yards and 6 TDs, while averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He also added 22 receptions for 279 yards and a receiving TD. He had a small case of the dropsies, but he didn't fumble once. He's probably the odds on favorite to open the season atop the RB depth chart.
With an improved offensive line, there's a good chance there will be more room for Langford and his 4.42 forty time to run loose. With Matt Forte off to New York, I would imagine there will be plenty of LANGFORD 33 jerseys for sale at the local department stores.
Eleven players from the 2015 Rising 50 list ended up on an NFLPA overall Top 50 player sales list during last season. One of which was Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Do you guys see some marketing success for Langford this year?