The best-selling jersey in the NFL during the month of May belongs to a player who has yet to play a game. Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 pick in April’s draft, topped all other players in NFLShop.com jersey sales, reports the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg.
Over the period from April 1 to May 28, RGIII ranked third, even though rookie jerseys did not go on sale until April 26. Peyton Manning topped Tim Tebow for the best-selling jersey during that period.
In May, its first full month of sales, RGIII’s jersey sold better than any other jersey.
Griffin III also beat out fellow rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick, whose jersey ranked fourth on both lists.
Washington sports fans have a history of buying jerseys in mass. Steinberg reports that when quarterback Donovan McNabb arrived in Washington, his jersey ranked second in sales. Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals have also led their leagues in jersey sales.