Back in December, when we last took a look at the best-selling player jerseys in the NFL, there were guys like Eli Manning, Andrew Luck, and even Tim Tebow in the top 10. Since then a lot has changed. Tebow is no longer a Jet, Eli Manning and the Giants failed to make the playoffs, and Andrew Luck was overshadowed by the strong performances of a few other young quarterbacks. For these reasons, the jersey sales from the past three months look a lot different than they did in December. Now there are five guys in the top ten who weren’t even in the top 15 before, and newbies take the top two spots.
So whose jerseys are selling the fastest right now? Well, since it’s mid-July and you are probably as desperate for some NFL talk as much as we are, let’s take a look…
"Who's Brian Urlacher, daddy?""Well son, he's one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. This one time, he even took the Bears all the way to the Super Bowl...where they got pounded by the Colts."
Personally, I always thought Bears fans overrated Urlacher. It's not that he wasn't great in his prime; it's just that, for a fan base that saw Dick Butkus play, they seemed pretty easy to win over. But what can I say? Those Chicagoans loved them some Urlacher, and apparently they took advantage of those clearance sales when the guy retired back in May, because sales of his #54 Bears jersey skyrocketed on the NFL's official online store.
10. Brian Urlacher
Aaron Rodgers was #3 on the list back in December, and it hardly seems fair that the best quarterback in the game today (arguably? no) dropped all the way to ninth just because some new hotshots came along. But it could be worse. Poor Joe Flacco won the Super Bowl MVP award and that guy still didn't make the list. I mean, seriously, what does a guy have to do to earn a little respect?
9. Aaron Rodgers
That's right. The guy primarily responsible for the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, Joe Flacco, is not on the list. But the most annoying and overhyped (if not overrated) player on the Ravens is. I mean, seriously, I know the guy retired, and that he's going to be in the hall of fame. But come on, Baltimore, give your QB some love, will ya?
8. Ray Lewis
This sign pretty much explains why Tom Brady will be on this list as long as he is still playing. In New England it's Jesus, then John F. Kennedy, then Tom Brady. The man can do no wrong.
Why? Well, the Super Bowl rings are a big part of it. But I also think fans like knowing that even though the man has an endorsement deal with Uggs, he'll never tweet pictures of himself with a porn star or, you know, murder a friend in cold blood.
7. Tom Brady
Heading into the 2012 NFL season, all the hype was about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Nobody was talking about the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, Ryan Tannehill. But then something funny happened. Tannehill won the starting QB job out from under Matt Moore, and after a few rocky outings, the kid went on to break a bunch of franchise records for rookie QBs that were set by some guy named Dan Marino–including the records for games started (16), passing yards in a season (3,294), passing yards in a game (431), and pass completions (282).
All of this, plus the fact that his wife, Lauren, is super hot, made him a pretty popular guy in south Florida.
6. Ryan Tannehill
Peyton Manning's jersey sales got a big boost last year when he joined a new team, (which is kind of cheating, when you think about it). However, right now his jersey sales are based solely on the fact that he had a killer, MVP caliber debut season in Denver...and the fact that he is kind of a living legend.
5. Peyton Manning
Speaking of guys who had epic comeback seasons, how about Adrian Peterson? His 2012 wasn't just MVP-caliber. It was actually MVP-winning. After tearing his ACL and MCL in December 2011, Peterson returned to rush for 2,097 yards, just nine short of the all-time single season record set by Eric Dickerson.
That kind of thing boosts jersey sales, I guess.
4. Adrian Peterson
Robert Griffin III was number one last December, as he was busy living up to all the hype, throwing 20 TDs, rushing for 815 yards, and putting up a passer rating of 102.4—good for third in the league. However, his injury and questionable decision to try to play through it, combined with the meteoric rises of the next two players on the list, have bumped RGIII all the way to No. 3 on the list.
3. Robert Griffin III
Russell Wilson was taken by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 draft. Then the 5'11" quarterback signed a four-year, $3 million contract...and threw for 3,118 yards, rushed for 489, compiled a passer rating of 100, led the Seahawks to the playoffs, beat RGIII, almost knocked off the Falcons, and was named to the Pro Bowl.
Not bad for a kid taken 75th overall in the NFL draft.
2. Russell Wilson
The best-selling jersey in the NFL right now? Colin Kaepernick's #7 49ers jersey. And it's only fair, given the guy's unlikely story.
Alex Smith nearly quarterbacked the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2011-12, and was having another great season in 2012-13 when he got knocked out with a concussion against the Rams in week 10. Colin Kaepernick then came in and led the 49ers to...a tie. But the next week he led them to a win over the Bears, and coach Jim Harbaugh made the controversial (and correct) decision to stick with Kaepernick once Smith was healthy again.
With that vote of confidence, Kaepernick led the 49ers to a huge playoff win over the Packers, setting an NFL record for most rushing yards by a QB (181). Then the kid led San Fran to a win over the Falcons in the NFC Championship game.
So yeah, with a sudden rise to superstardom like that, it's no surprise that Kaepernick has the best-selling jersey in football right now. It's just a shame the jersey doesn't come with tattoo sleeves and a Dolphins hat to give fans the complete Kaepernick look.
1. Colin Kaepernick
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