Last year, however, it was sensation Tim Tebow, while this year it’s four-time Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning.
Manning, who was signed by the Broncos as the most highly coveted free agent quarterback in NFL history during the offseason, is actually competing with Tebow for the top selling NFL jersey.
According to NFLShop.com, Tebow has the third highest selling jersey. The New York Jets backup quarterback was traded from the Broncos following an 8-8 season and an improbable victory over the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers last season.
It’s become apparent that Tebow is going to sell jerseys wherever he goes. He’s got to be the most popular backup at any position in the history of the sport, perhaps in any sport. Playing in the biggest media market in the country certainly has to help his cause right now.
Other notable players on the top 25 list include Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. The second overall draft pick, Griffin is edging out Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the number one overall pick, in jersey sales. Luck currently ranks fourth on the list.
Super Bowl champion Eli Manning is fifth, while last year’s regular season Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers is sixth. At seven, linebacker Patrick Willis is the highest ranked defensive player.
Rob Gronkowski is the top ranked tight end, while Victor Cruz of the leads all wide receivers. Surprisingly, Marshawn Lynch leads all running backs.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.