Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tops NFL jersey sales

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made NFL history when his No. 10 jersey not only became the best selling jersey in 2012 but it also sold more than any other jersey during the fiscal year.

However, the NFL did not reveal the exact sales number on NFLShop.com from April 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013.

Boosted by the league’s new Nike apparel contract, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning came in second in jersey sales and sold the third most in a single year.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis placed third in last season’s jersey rankings, up from No. 17 the previous season while San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick was vaulted to fourth spot, thanks to the team’s Super Bowl run.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s jersey finished fifth while Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Victor Cruz and Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite losing to Baltimore in the Super Bowl, the 49ers finished first in team merchandise sales on NFLShop.com, edging out the Ravens.

Previously, the highest the 49ers had finished on the list since the league started monitoring sales in 1979 was second in 1994 and 1995.

The New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers rounded out the top five in team’s merchandise sales.

From No. 1 early in the year, sales of Tim Tebow’s Jets jersey plummeted to 13th due to his lack of playing time.

Tebow was just one place ahead of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson while jerseys of Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez did not finish in the top 25.

Adrian Peterson’s No. 28 Vikings jersey landed only 23rd in the league despite the fact he fell just short of breaking the league’s single-season rushing record.

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