Do you think you can guess the top ten selling jerseys from the 2014 offseason? I’ll give you a hint, you’re right about numbers: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 5 won’t surprise you either. The biggest surprises come at: 1,6, and 10, and I’m sure you’d be shocked to find out more.
Coming in at number 10 is Number 12. Actually the last name on the jersey is written out at “Fan,” with the first name, “12th.” It’s a Seahawks jersey and it’s representative of Seattle’s home field advantage. Most teams in the NFC dread heading up to Seattle on Sundays; as, Century Link field has become one of the more notoriously difficult stadiums in the league for visiting teams.
Numbers 9, 8, and 7 are Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady, in that order. All three men are premier quarterbacks and they’ve all won at least one Superbowl for their respective team. No fan should be surprised to see them here; and, as they are all veterans in the league, no one would expect these guy in the top 3 positions. These are guys aren’t new to the list, and we will very likely see all three of these names in the same spots come 2015.
You may or may not know number 6 by name. He’s a rookie, drafted in the 7th round by the Rams, by the name of Michael Sam. That name sounds familiar, huh? Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the league, a monumental achievement for the LGBT community. The support of the community has become evident, as gay players of all sports are seeing their roads to glory paved by Sam. And, what’s the best way to support an NFL player? Buy his jersey. Sam ended up getting cut by the Rams due to performance, but he was soon picked up by the Cowboys and assigned to the practice squad.
Number 5 can’t come as a surprise. It’s the jersey of the NFL’s most elite cornerback, Richard Sherman. After shutting down 49ers wide out Michael Crabtree in the NFC Championship, Sherman delivered a now infamous post-game interview that now sits in the English dictionary next to the word “Passion.” Number 4 is the losing quarterback in that game, Colin Kaepernick. Number 3 is the quarterback that lost the Superbowl, Peyton Manning. There is certainly no surprise there. Number 2 is the guy that beat Kaepernick and Manning in back to back games to win his first Superbowl, Russell Wilson.
Last but not least is probably the least impressive of the bunch. Johnny “Football” Manziel is undoubtedly part of the future of the league. His name alone triggered a spark that electrified college football in Texas. Given the fact that he hasn’t yet played an NFL game, and the fact that he was seen partying this off-season with Justin Bieber, you really have to wonder about this one. I’m sure a few battle scars will determine this guy’s presence on the list next year. Until then, who do you think was left off of this list? Or, who do you think should have made the list?