With the way things turned out last season, it’s safe to say Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins is quickly becoming one of the most popular players in the NFL to follow–and his jersey sales last season can back that statement up.
Apparently, RGIII set a single-season record for jersey sales in 2012–which is pretty impressive for a rookie that was selected as the second overall pick in last year’s draft. Everybody knew expectations were high for Griffin heading into his rookie season and that he was capable of making an impact right away, but nobody could have predicted him to lead the Redskins to the playoffs in his first season.
Even if he is recovering from a torn ACL, the bar will still be set even higher for Griffin heading into his second season now that Washington is aware of what he’s capable of doing on the football field. Of course, the most important factor is that Griffin takes his time to recover from his knee injury considering the last thing he and the Redskins want to see happen is he returns to the football field earlier than he should.
Either way, it’s still quite an honor for Griffin to set a record for jersey sales this early in his career and hopefully he can continue living up to the hype throughout the rest of his career to keep Washington in the hunt as strong contenders in the NFC East.
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