Robert Griffin III has taken the NFL by storm in his rookie season with the Washington Redskins. Not only has the Heisman Trophy winner excited the league with his play on the field, but he has won the hearts of the fans as well, who have helped make his jersey the No. 1 seller in the NFL from the time he was drafted through the Thanksgiving Weekend games.
RG3 is the No. 1 jersey as a rookie, which is impressive, considering some of the other elite players he beat out in this category. Peyton Manning comes in at No. 2 with his new Denver Broncos jersey, followed by Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers at No. 3.
Here is a look at the complete top 10 list.
1. Robert Griffin III – QB – Washington Redskins
2. Peyton Manning – QB – Denver Broncos
3. Aaron Rodgers – QB – Green Bay Packers
4. Eli Manning – QB – New York Giants
5. Tom Brady – QB – New England Patriots
6. Andrew Luck – QB – Indianapolis Colts
7. Victor Cruz – WR – New York Giants
8. Tim Tebow – QB – New York Jets
9. Troy Polamalu – DB – Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Patrick Willis – LB – San Francisco 49ers
As you can see, this is a pass first league in jersey sales, with the top six spots belonging to quarterbacks. I would say seven out of the top 10, but I just have a hard time qualifying Tim Tebow as a quarterback when he has played more on special teams and in the backfield than he has as a starter under center. Still, technically, he is a quarterback.
The Manning brothers possess two of the top four spots, which must make Archie happy. Luck joins RG3 as another 2012 NFL Draft pick first rounder to make the list. Luck and Griffin III went 1-2 in that draft, although it is the second pick of last draft who checks in ahead of the No. 1 overall pick, at least in terms of jersey sales. The Rookie of the Year vote will be interesting between these two as well.
Cruz is the first player who does not play quarterback to crack the top 10, while Polamalu and Willis are the only two defensive players ranked this highly. And for any haters of the Dallas Cowboys, you will appreciate this fact.
Tony Romo saw the biggest drop in jersey sales overall, falling from No. 14 to No. 20 in the last month.
I guess as the playoff hopes of the Cowboys fade, so do the jersey sales of Romo.