Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has already topped Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in at least one area: NFL jersey sales. The rookie now has the league’s top selling jersey, according to a report from Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, citing a league report of sales from NFLShop.com from April 2012 to Nov. 27.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow fell to No. 8 after being ranked near the top of previous sales reports since the trade in March that sent him packing from the Denver Broncos. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu ranked No. 9 in sales despite playing in only two games this season because of a lingering calf injury.
Houston Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt, who had never been in the top 25, is now No. 17 in jersey sales. The Texans and the Falcons are tied for the best record in the league with a record of 10-1, but the Falcons don’t have a single player on the list. The Redskins, by contrast, are 5-6 entering Week 13.
Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, experienced the biggest drop in jersey sales, going from No. 14 according to the list in October to No. 20 for sales ending Nov. 27.
The NBA released its own list of top selling jerseys from April to November, with The Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant owning the top two spots, respectively.
NFL’s top-selling jerseys (April 1 – Nov. 27):
|1. Robert Griffin III||Redskins|
|2. Peyton Manning||Broncos|
|3. Aaron Rodgers||Packers|
|4. Eli Manning||Giants|
|5. Tom Brady||Patriots|
|6. Andrew Luck||Colts|
|7. Victor Cruz||Giants|
|8. Tim Tebow||Jets|
|9. Troy Polamalu||Steelers|
|10. Patrick Willis||49ers|