Despite some hard times on the field in recent years, the Washington Redskins remain one of the most valuable franchises in sports.According to the latest Forbes Magazines rankings the Redskins are the 5th most valuable sports franchise in the world with an estimated value of 1.56 billion.They are just behind the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, who are tied as the most valuable U. S. based team at 1.85 billion. Soccer teams Manchester United (2.23 billion) and Real Madrid (1.88 billion) are the two most valuable sports franchises in the world.The Redskins are high in the ranking in part because they have one of the largest stadiums in the league (even after replacing thousands of upper deck seats with standing areas), a number of lucrative sponsorship deals and a large and loyal fan base.The Redskins get another boost merely by being a member of the National Football League. The NFL dominates the Forbes rankings, holding 32 of the 50 spots. That means, of course, that every team in the league, even smaller-market teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, is among the most valuable sports properties in the world. The new labor contract that ensures stable labor costs for the next nine years and the 5 billion per year TV contract that starts in 2014 are among the factors that make NFL franchises the most valuable in sports.
While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually.
Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes.
But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.
"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."
When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.
"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."
Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill.
But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.
"It's always accurate," he said.
Virginia and Maryland may be Washington Redskins/ Baltimore Ravens country, but their fans are not buying their jerseys. That is at least for the month of May.
NFLShop.com released their top jersey sales for May 2017 on Thursday morning and the un-retired Marshawn Lynch was the top seller for the nation in the 31-day span. Even if his return does not pay off on the field for the Oakland Raiders, it paid off in terms of sales.
In the same release, NFL Shop revealed the top jersey per state in the same month and it was not a Washington Redskin or Baltimore Raven at the top of the list for Virginia and Maryland. Instead, it was Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady.
Brady, a five-time Super Bowl champion, was the top seller in 17 different states, the most of any player.
The latter is not that surprising, but Brady owning Virginia and especially Maryland is.
In terms of the Top 25 overall, there are no Redskins or Ravens making the list. Overall Brady was No. 2, followed by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The first rookie, DeShaun Watson, came in at No. 5.
There may be a multitude of reasons for the Brady-love, aside from the typical bandwagon fans, but it does make one think which jersey are you confident in buying?
Other notable jersey sales:
#6 Derek Carr -- Oakland Raiders quarterback
#11 James Conner -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back
#17 Colin Kaepernick -- San Francisco 49ers (currently unsigned quarterback)
#25 Adrian Peterson -- New Orleans Saints running back