RG III’s jersey is top seller, sets NFL mark

Updated: April 9, 2013, 9:11 AM ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III not only ended the year with the best selling jersey in the league, more of his No. 10 jerseys were sold in the NFL this fiscal year than any jersey in league history.

Top Selling NFL Jerseys

Robert Griffin III set an all-time record for the number of jerseys sold by the NFL Shop in a year. A look at the top-selling jerseys at NFLShop.com from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013:

  1. Robert Griffin III – Redskins
  2. Peyton Manning – Broncos
  3. Ray Lewis – Ravens
  4. Colin Kaepernick – 49ers
  5. Tom Brady – Patriots
  6. Andrew Luck – Colts
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Packers
  8. Victor Cruz – Giants
  9. Eli Manning – Giants
  10. Patrick Willis – 49ers

New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning came in second in jersey sales and sold the third most in a single year, undoubtedly boosted by the league’s new Nike apparel deal. Brett Favre’s Minnesota Vikings (2009) and New York Jets jerseys (2008) are the second and fourth best-selling jerseys in a single season.

Despite having retirement on the horizon, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis came in at No. 3 on last season’s jersey rankings, up from No. 17 last season, and a Super Bowl run pushed San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick into the fourth spot. Jerseys of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished fifth even though fans have been buying his jersey for 12 seasons.

The 49ers finished first in team merchandise sales on NFLShop.com, edging out the Ravens despite losing to Baltimore in the Super Bowl. The highest the 49ers had previously finished on the list, since the league started monitoring sales in 1999, was sixth. The New York Giants, Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers rounded out the top five.

Lack of playing time led to the plummeting of Tim Tebow’s Jets jersey, which started the year in the No. 1 spot, fell to 8th in the league and finished in 13th, one spot ahead of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has a stellar rookie season. Jerseys of Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez did not finish in the top 25.

Another surprise was Adrian Peterson, whose No. 28 Vikings jersey ranked only 23rd in the league despite the running back falling just short of breaking the league’s single season rushing record.

This article was originally posted on ESPN.com

About Neil Farris

I have been covering sports since 2002 when I began writing for my college newspaper. Since then I have covered football regionally and currently work in the NFL department at All Sports Talk.