Apparently that Dolphins hat scandal didn’t have too much of an impact on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s popularity. CNBC announced on their website that Kaepernick’s jersey was the top seller for the period of April 1, 2013-June 30, 2013.
(Yes we know the Dolphins hat incident happened late in the period.)
CNBC said on their website:
With NFL teams kicking off training camp season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has jumped to the top of the list of best-selling player jerseys.
Kaepernick’s number 7 jersey was the top seller at NFLShop.com from April 1 through June 30, according to the league’s Joanna Hunter. The 25-year old star is also No. 1 at Fanatics.com, said the online retailer’s Meier Raivich.
According to CNBC.com the top 10 selling jerseys are:
- Colin Kaepernick
- Russell Wilson
- Robert Griffin III
- Adrian Peterson
- Peyton Manning
- Ryan Tannehill
- Tom Brady
- Ray Lewis
- Aaron Rodgers
- Brian Urlacher
The top of the list is headlined by three players coming off breakout or rookie seasons. Adrian Peterson at #4 is coming of a record setting and MVP season and certainly is popular. Peyton Manning changed teams so that could be a reason for how high he is on the list.
Ryan Tannehill at #6 fits the new, young quarterback coming off a rookie season. Rookies have the advantage of no one having their jersey so there is a huge movement to buy their jersey.
The rest of the list has usual suspects Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
Interestingly, two retired players made the list: Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. Could be a push to buy their jerseys before they aren’t around?
CNBC said about Urlacher’s jersey sales:
He’ll likely be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fans like to buy jerseys of retiring players they think can make the Hall, Steiner said, in case they become scarce later.
And about Ray Lewis:
Lewis’ No. 52 jersey will continue to sell in retirement. Many fans like to wear jerseys of their favorite all-time players, even if they haven’t suited up for years.
“Just look at all the Joe Montana jerseys at 49ers games,” said Dorfman.