RGIII jersey sets single-season sales record


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

 

Many nuggets from the latest batch of jersey sales data released by the NFL on Tuesday.

* Robert Griffin III finished the fiscal year with the highest-selling single-season jersey in NFL history, as first reported by ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell. The league’s NFLShop.com data only goes back to 2006, but league merchandise experts are certain — based on merchandising trends and larger sales figures — that no NFL player has ever sold more jerseys in a single year than RGIII just did.

(Brett Favre in 2009 and 2008 is second and fourth all time, while Peyton Manning in 2012 is third. Favre has the most total jersey sales of any player.)

* The NFL has only tracked individual player jersey rankings since 2001. No Redskins player has ever finished No. 1 in that span. And when you think about the rosters during the franchise’s glory days, I think it’s probably safe to guess that no Redskins player prior to RGIII had ever finished No. 1 in single-season jersey sales, with the possible exception of John Riggins I guess.

* Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, Colin Kapernick, Tom Brady, and Andrew Luck rounded out the top six. Four more NFC East players finished in the top 25 — Victor Cruz (8th), Eli Manning (9th), Jason Witten (21st) and DeMarcus Ware (22nd).

* Alfred Morris had the second-best selling Redskins jersey for the year. Ryan Kerrigan was third. Both also finished in the top 100 of the league.

* As a team, the Redskins finished fourth in total merchandise sales (not just jerseys), behind the 49ers, Ravens and Giants, and ahead of the Steelers, Patriots and Cowboys. The Redskins have not been in the top 5 of NFL merchandise sales since the real glory days: They were No. 5 in 1993, No. 3 in 1992 and No. 5 in 1991. RGIII single-handedly brought the Redskins back to those days, at least in merchandising terms.

* I believe, based on a gut feeling, that Bryce Harper will finish this baseball season with MLB’s top-selling jersey. That would be something, huh?

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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Dan Steinberg · April 9, 2013