For NFL fans, one way to show the love to their teams and players is by wearing a favorite player’s jersey. I’ll admit I don’t get the allure of why middle-aged men still do this (sure, the jerseys look cute on kids) but I may never understand it.
Maybe it’s just a guy thing–even though there’s a line made just for the female fan–but Drew Magary does a pretty good of job of explaining it in this Deadspin piece.
In addition to happy fans wearing a jersey and feeling good, there’s also a lot of cash the NFL and Nike make from jersey sales but neither entity has shared a figure.
Regardless, here’s a list for your perusal of the most popular jerseys through March 31, 2013, according to NFL.com.
1. Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
2. Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
3. Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens)
4. Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
5. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
6. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
7. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
8. Victor Cruz (New York Giants)
9. Eli Manning (New York Giants)
10. Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers)
11. Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
12. J.J. Watt (Houston Texans)
13. Tim Tebow (jersey from the New York Jets)
14. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
15. Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
Here’s a few takeaways
- It’s still all about the quarterback in this league as the nine of the top 15 belong to them, with four of the five top-selling jerseys going to them. Three of them were rookie quarterbacks.
- In the previous year before the RG3 era, Manning held the top spot from April 1 through July 31, 2012. You’d think with Joe Flacco winning the Super Bowl, he would have seen a rise in jersey sales this spring. Apparently his only appeal may come from the local Ravens fans whereas the other top quarterbacks have national appeal. Who doesn’t want to root for Manning on his new team?
- Defensive players don’t get a lot of love with only three in the top 15. I assume sales of Ray Lewis jersey will drop off this season and then there will be two? Where’s Clay Matthews and Brian Urlacher?
- Gronk is the only tight end. His antics extend past a football appeal (see shirtless pictures and dancing) and therefore gains a larger following, possibly some sales going to the ladies. With 2013 season appearing a little sketchy, will his sales drop off? Could Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez break into the top 15 if his team goes to the Super Bowl?
- And last but not least Tebow. He sits on the list at No. 13 with a team that didn’t give him any playing time last year. By the time the 2012-2013 season ended, so had Tebow’s time with the team. Yet, Tebow jerseys apparently continued selling. I guess you can sell collectors’ items.
Now fans can buy the latest Tebow jersey from the New England Patriots and sales will likely keep him in this mix. Even before the player got his new number for the Patriots roster, his jersey was already available for presale through a replica on the team’s pro shop for $99.95.
By the way, Tebow’s new jersey number is 5 by the way.
As to how many jerseys the Patriots sold on the first day, the team would not say, reported The Boston Globe.
Maybe Tebow’s new jersey number will bring him luck; at least it has been lucky for jersey sales. In his two years at the Broncos, his jersey ranked fifth in the NFL jersey sales (2010 and 2011) ahead of his now new teammate Brady in both seasons. In 2012, Tebow did not even start a game, throwing only eight passes, but he still landed at No. 13.
Stay tuned for his spot in 2013-2014.