August 31, 2009
A large number of Minnesotans are excited about the arrival of Brett Favre(notes) and his gunslinging ways. Those who aren't busy spray-painting their goats are out buying No. 4 Vikings Favre jerseys, making it the NFL's top-selling jersey from April 1 through Aug. 28.
CNBC's sports business wizard Darren Rovell has a list of the top-selling jerseys in the NFL. Favre is on top, Jay Cutler's(notes) new Bears joint is second, Troy Polamalu(notes) is third, and checking in at number four is the world's most popular dogfighting quarterback, Michael Vick(notes).
That Vick jersey must be selling at an insane pace. Keep in mind that this list covers April 1 through Aug. 28, and Vick has been an Eagle for only the last 14 days of that period. That's a mighty sales surge. Of course, Vick's jersey also has the unfair advantage of being popular couture at both NFL stadiums and dogfighting pits around the country.
Let's take a look at the whole Top 20.
1. Brett Favre, Vikings
2. Jay Cutler, Bears
3. Troy Polamalu, Steelers
4. Michael Vick, Eagles
5. Ben Roethlisberger(notes), Steelers
6. Tony Romo(notes), Cowboys
7. Mark Sanchez(notes), Jets
8. Tom Brady(notes), Patriots
9. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
10. Eli Manning(notes), Giants
11. Terrell Owens(notes), Bills
12. Peyton Manning(notes), Colts
13. Hines Ward(notes), Steelers
14. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes), Chargers
15. Jason Witten(notes), Cowboys
16. Larry Fitzgerald(notes), Cardinals
17. Joe Flacco(notes), Ravens
18. Matt Ryan(notes), Falcons
19. Aaron Rodgers(notes), Packers
20. Michael Crabtree(notes), 49ers
There are two Steelers in the top five, which is very impressive. Winning a Super Bowl helps, I'd imagine. Jets fans are all aboard the Mark Sanchez bandwagon, as he checks in at number seven, while Matthew Stafford(notes) doesn't crack the top twenty. Of course, everyone in Detroit is broke.
Interestingly, LaDainian Tomlinson is still moving some fabric despite the widespread belief that he's no longer a top-tier running back. Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers all sneak into the top twenty after successful first years as starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
Which brings us to number 20 on the list, Michael Crabtree, which could turn out to be the worst jersey investment of all time. Crabtree, of course, is going through a prolonged holdout with the 49ers, and has threatened to sit out the entire 2009 season. Word on the street is that he's serious about the threat, and thus, might never play a down for the 49ers.
Hold on to those jerseys, though, 49ers fans. Maybe next year, the team will draft someone named "RABTRE," and you can just tape over the first and last letters of his name.
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