The Washington Post

Browns hard-partying rookie Johnny Manziel leads the NFL in jersey sales

(Mark Duncan/AP)

Johnny Manziel’s No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey is already No. 1 in sales despite that it’s still unclear whether the rookie quarterback will even start. According to, his gear led sales from April 1 to July 17, the first quarter of the league’s fiscal year.

Manziel’s best friend Drake probably bought a few, but chances are Drake’s doings didn’t propel Manziel to the top alone. (Probably.)

Coming in second in the sales department is Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman rounded out the Top 5, respectively.

The only other rookie’s jersey in the Top 10 is St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay man to be drafted by the NFL. He claimed the sixth spot.

Perhaps most intriguingly, however, is the jersey that makes up the 10th spot. That jersey doesn’t belong to a person at all, but instead to Seattle’s famous “12th Fan,” a reference to the stadium-vibrating crowd noise that emanates from the city’s CenturyLink Field.

According to, these 10 players sold the most jerseys in the first quarter of the NFL's fiscal year, from April 1 to July 17. (Tom LeGro/The Washington Post)

Here are the Top 25 jersey sales from April 1 through July 17, according to

  1. Johnny Manziel*, Browns
  2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  3. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
  4. Peyton Manning, Broncos
  5. Richard Sherman, Seahawks
  6. Michael Sam*, Rams
  7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
  8. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
  9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
  10. 12th Fan, Seahawks
  11. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
  12. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
  13. Teddy Bridgewater*, Minnesota Vikings
  14. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
  15. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
  16. Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans
  17. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
  18. Blake Bortles*, Jacksonville Jaguars
  19. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
  20. Earl Thomas III, Seahawks
  21. J.J. Watt, Texans
  22. Patrick Willis, 49ers
  23. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
  24. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
  25. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

*Indicates a rookie player

(H/t: ESPN)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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