Peyton Manning took the job of starting quarterback from Tim Tebow with the Denver Broncos. Less than a couple of month later, he has also overtaken his top spot among NFL jersey sales, with No. 18 of the Denver Broncos wresting the top jersey spot of No. 15 of the New York Jets.
Over the past two months on NFLShop.com, Manning and Tebow have led the way in top jersey sales, with the newest Broncos signal caller staking claim to No. 1. Tebow will once again have to settle for second best, which is a good thing, considering it is something he should also get used to with the Jets as well.
While Manning and Tebow come as no great surprise at No. 1 and 2, the next two players have never even taken the field in the NFL, although they have taken the No. 3 and 4 spots away from some solid veterans. Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III sits at No. 3, while Indianapolis Colts rookie and No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck holds steady at No. 4.
As this is a quarterback driven league, it should come as no shock that four more of the top 10 jersey sales belong to the men under center. The other Manning – Eli – sits at No. 5 with his New York Giants jersey, while the man he eliminated in the NFC Playoffs, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, is at No. 6. Continuing with a theme, the man Eli knocked out in the Super Bowl for a second time, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is No. 8. Carolina Panthers phenom Cam Newton is at No. 9.
The other two spots belong to defensive players. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis checks in at No. 7, while Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu rounds out the top 10.