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Robert Griffin III had the best-selling jersey in May

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On Tuesday, MDS passed along the news that the NFL sold more Peyton Manning jerseys than those of any other player in April and May.

Robert Griffin III placed third on the list, which is pretty impressive when you take into account the fact that the jerseys didn’t go on sale until April 26th. Once Griffin’s jersey became available, though, no one sold more.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post points out that the Redskins rookie quarterback is on top of the list for jersey sales in May. Andrew Luck, who went one pick before Griffin in April, ranks fourth on both the April/May and May lists.

That disparity could be because people are really clamoring for their first chance to own a jersey with Roman numerals on the back. More likely, it is a sign of how excited Redskins fans are by the addition of a quarterback who could stop the revolving door the team has had at the position for the last several years.

Of course, they’ve been excited by that prospect in the past. Donovan McNabb’s Redskins jersey was a hot seller when he first came to Washington. The Redskins and their fans hope that’s the last similarity between the two quarterbacks’ tenures in D.C.

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34 Responses to “Robert Griffin III had the best-selling jersey in May”
  1. skinshail says: May 30, 2012 10:34 AM

    RG3! RG3! RG3!

  2. heepofwhoopass says: May 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    RG3 cannot wait too see you dominate here in Dallas.

  3. skinssuckazz says: May 30, 2012 10:38 AM

    RGIII will bust and be a backup in a few years. What a waste of money buying his jersey. Suckers!

  4. beerandtitties says: May 30, 2012 10:40 AM

    Umm….NFL Shop spells his name Grrriffin III. I’m guessing they had Frosted Flakes for breakfast!

  5. sadskinsfan89 says: May 30, 2012 10:44 AM

    I had my jersey made on nflshop.com before the draft and just had to get it to say Griffin with no roman numerals so now im pissed they now allow the numerals cuz im stuck with a jersey thats not quite exact

  6. footballfanatic1906 says: May 30, 2012 10:45 AM

    HTTR!

  7. tennesseeoilers says: May 30, 2012 10:47 AM

    “… the revolving door the team has had at the QB position for the last several years.”

    Um … the last “several” years? Try since 1985 when Joe Theismann broke his leg. The Skins haven’t had anything close to a franchise QB since No. 7 was taken off on a stretcher.

  8. indywilson40 says: May 30, 2012 10:55 AM

    In a few years Skins fans can hang RG3’s jersey next to Mcnabb, Schuler, Ramsey and Campbell. Poor Skins :(

  9. digitaldonnie says: May 30, 2012 11:12 AM

    I remember when Couch jeresys were flying off the shelf. Kinda the same thing here.

  10. footballfanatic1906 says: May 30, 2012 11:16 AM

    indywilson40 says:
    May 30, 2012 10:55 AM
    In a few years Skins fans can hang RG3′s jersey next to Mcnabb, Schuler, Ramsey and Campbell. Poor Skins

     This coming from the worst team in the leagues fan! Lmao worry about your Mad Magazine looking QB getting killed with that god awful team! Don’t worry you will be reminded quickly of what life without Peyton was like!

  11. sadskinsfan89 says: May 30, 2012 11:27 AM

    @skinssuckazz. I love the fact you devote your screen name to the skins. Your trying way to hard bro. o and btw how did u learn to tell the future? since you seem so positive about rg3 being a bust.

  12. eaglesfan723 says: May 30, 2012 11:41 AM

    Kind of stupid if you ask me. Why buy a jersey when the guy hasn’t proved anything in the NFL yet. It woudl kind of suck spending all that money if the guy blows. That’s some grade A tomfoolery right there.

  13. heepofwhoopass says: May 30, 2012 11:42 AM

    skinssuckazz says:
    May 30, 2012 10:38 AM
    RGIII will bust and be a backup in a few years. What a waste of money buying his jersey. Suckers!

    You are just a hater. Please go into more detail where you base this off of. Kid has a rocket arm, great mechanics, gets the ball out fast, VERY smart, has the discipline (military parents) and besides all that is a SUPERB athlete (runs sub 4.4) PLEASE explain to me how this kid wont be good?

    My guess is you can’t why……….because you are an idiot.

  14. naanunaanu says: May 30, 2012 11:52 AM

    for all my skin fan friends i really hope this works out for you guys, but if it doesnt wow its gonna get ugly,

    but i know that when he plays the Ravens he is gonna be RGIII& Out

  15. snowcker says: May 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    indywilson40 says:
    May 30, 2012 10:55 AM
    In a few years Skins fans can hang RG3′s jersey next to Mcnabb, Schuler, Ramsey and Campbell. Poor Skins

    You forgot Jeff George and Danny Wuerfull but why limit it to quarterbacks. Skins fans also bought jerseys for: Trotter, Randle El, Sanders, Stubblefield, Archulata, and grandaddy of them all Haynesworth.

    A lot of jerseys taking up closet space in the DC area!

  16. lolb23 says: May 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    You are just a hater. Please go into more detail where you base this off of. Kid has a rocket arm, great mechanics, gets the ball out fast, VERY smart, has the discipline (military parents) and besides all that is a SUPERB athlete (runs sub 4.4) PLEASE explain to me how this kid wont be good?

    My guess is you can’t why……….because you are an idiot.
    ___________________________________

    I didn’t write that RG III would bust, but I’ll answer your question.

    First and foremost, no superstar QB has ever come out of the Big 12. Ever.

    Chris Sims (Texas), Vince Young (Texas), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt McCoy (Texas), Josh Freeman (Kansas St.), Blain Gabbert (Missouri).

    Bradford and Freeman are at best on the bubble. Could bust, could make it. But right now they’re struggling in the NFL. The rest, busts. Anyone think Gabbert looks good out there?

    And these are just guys who were drafted in the first round. It’s easy to forget other Big 12 QB’s who were stars in college, but went undrafted or fizzled out quickly in the NFL like Chase Daniel (Missuori) Graham Harrell (Texas Tech).

    If you look even closer, you’ll see that LT’s from the Big 12 bust in the NFL too. Jason Smith (Baylor) and Russell Okung (Ok State) the latest. Their WR’s don’t do too good either. Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech) is under-performing for his hype. Can say same for Dez Bryant. Go ahead and add guys like Jeremy Maclin, Limas Sweed, Roy Williams, Mark Clayton and several others WR busts to that list. Only Jordy Nelson can be called a success in the NFL coming out of the big ten at the WR position over the past decade.

    To summarize, the Big 12 simply does not produce NFL caliber players on offense. History teaches us this.

    Now I’ll go post the same thing for Dolphin fans who think Tannehill has a chance.

  17. hendawg21 says: May 30, 2012 12:00 PM

    eaglesfan723 says:
    May 30, 2012 11:41 AM
    Kind of stupid if you ask me. Why buy a jersey when the guy hasn’t proved anything in the NFL yet. It woudl kind of suck spending all that money if the guy blows. That’s some grade A tomfoolery right there.

    The same reason Iggles fans still root for that loser of a team and buy’s jerseys and they have won not one Super Bowl

  18. totallydisgusted says: May 30, 2012 12:51 PM

    What? No jabs about him being a bust.

  19. heepofwhoopass says: May 30, 2012 1:06 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    I didn’t write that RG III would bust, but I’ll answer your question.

    First and foremost, no superstar QB has ever come out of the Big 12. Ever.

    Chris Sims (Texas), Vince Young (Texas), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt McCoy (Texas), Josh Freeman (Kansas St.), Blain Gabbert (Missouri).

    How about Troy Aikman who played at Oklahoma?

    So your theory is based on what the Big 12 produces hmmm ok.

    I could go on and do some research on players but why should I? OT’s off the top of my head you failed to mention Trent Williams who started as a LT as a rookie and did DAMN well oh he is out of OK btw.

    What does college have to do with the tea in China for NFL results anyways?

    Here are some players who played in not very good division 2 and bad D1 colleges who had GREAT success in the NFL. I pretty sure you cannot name anyone else from them

    Jerry Rice
    Kurt Warner
    Roger Staubach
    Ben Rothlesberger
    Phillip Rivers, Terry Bradshaw, Barry Sanders I could go on and on with RBs and receivers.

    Please lets not base your argument on where the dude went to college, that is just lunacy.

  20. hendawg21 says: May 30, 2012 1:14 PM

    snowcker says:
    May 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    A lot of jerseys taking up closet space in the DC area!

    Yes Skins fans have realized that but that’s how cowboy fans are when they suck crap stays in the closet….

  21. bison4me says: May 30, 2012 1:19 PM

    @lolb23 I don’t get your reasoning, so because there hasn’t been a QB out of the big 12 that has been a “star”, there will never be one? You’re going to base RG3’s success on other QBs who don’t even share the same skillsets.

    Again I don’t get the logic, but then you go out and say that the Big 12 doesn’t produce ANY NFL offense caliber talent. Really? Darren Sproles, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Earl Campbell, and Troy Aikman (Sooner his Freshman year). These were just guys I pulled out the air, four of which are hall of famers.

  22. jwreck says: May 30, 2012 2:04 PM

    skinssuckazz says: May 30, 2012 10:38 AM

    RGIII will bust and be a backup in a few years. What a waste of money buying his jersey. Suckers!
    ____________
    It’s sad to see someone who wants to talk trash so badly, but is too dumb to even be able to incite a reaction.

    This guy’s name is “skinssuckazz”,not “dallassomething”, “phillysomething” or “nygsomething”. Obviously his only goal here is to harass and demoralize Skins fans. Therefore anything he has to say will be taken with a grain of salt. If his name simply had something to do with supporting any other team, his comment (to be fair, a well-written version of his comment) could be taken as “fighting words” and spur the aggravation and angry reactions from the Washington fan base he is looking for.

    However, as his name states he has no reason to be on PFT other than annoying Skins fans, no one is even bothered by his remarks. If he was actually smart about it, he could really bug and bum out DMV residents by naming himself something like “skinsmaniac” or “haildc” and making the exact same comments.

    Alternatively, he could grow up, learn both football and how to communicate effectively with others, and write paragraphs like lolb23’s above which actually do bum out Redskins fans. lolb23 frequently bashes Washington, and I seldom agree with him, however, his trash talk is carefully thought out and well written, and I have infinitely more respect for him than bozos above like skinssuckazz, indywilson, digitaldonnie, or peytonsneck.

  23. jwreck says: May 30, 2012 2:38 PM

    tennesseeoilers says: May 30, 2012 10:47 AM

    “… the revolving door the team has had at the QB position for the last several years.”

    Um … the last “several” years? Try since 1985 when Joe Theismann broke his leg. The Skins haven’t had anything close to a franchise QB since No. 7 was taken off on a stretcher.
    ___
    While there is some validity to that point, and there’s no way to argue that there hasn’t been something of a revolving door in Skins country, the tone of this comment suggests that the Redskins have consistently been a joke of a franchise since Theismann went down.

    Though tennesseeoilers is essentially correct that Washington hasn’t had a long term answer at quarterback since Theismann, that should only serve to make Joe Gibbs’ coaching career and DC’s two super bowl wins during that period even more impressive.

    Additionally, the author’s reasoning behind using the phrase “several years” instead of “two -and-a-half decades” is both to avoid creating controversy and discord with readers over the exact issue I discussed above, as well as to point out that since around 2000 (in other words, since Snyder), the door in Washington has been rotating significantly faster than it did in the 90’s (under legitimate ownership)

  24. skinsdiehard says: May 30, 2012 2:45 PM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Um … the last “several” years? Try since 1985 when Joe Theismann broke his leg. The Skins haven’t had anything close to a franchise QB since No. 7 was taken off on a stretcher.
    ———————————————
    geez…another ignorant post.
    Mark Rypien started for the team from 1989 – 1993 and led them to the playoffs three years (90 – 92) and a Superbowl win. He also was named SB MVP. If that is not a franchise QB, I don’t know what is.

  25. kingcarlbanks says: May 30, 2012 3:54 PM

    Don’t forget all those Gus Ferrotte jerseys. Loved when he knocked himself out!

  26. kingcarlbanks says: May 30, 2012 4:07 PM

    All I know is the NFC East is not the best place to break in a rookie Qb. Too many great pass rushers JPP, Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Demarcus Ware, Justin Tuck, Osi, the list goes on. Bringing up a rookie in this environment is like teaching your kids to swim in shark infested water.

  27. granadafan says: May 30, 2012 4:17 PM

    “Of course, they’ve been excited by that prospect in the past. Donovan McNabb’s Redskins jersey was a hot seller when he first came to Washington. ”
    ============================================

    Just goes to show how desperate Redskins fans are for a decent team and stability at the QB position after years of ineptitude at the position. I really wish RGIII success at QB because he seems like a genuinely good guy, unlike Leaf, Young, or Vick.

  28. illbillgiantz4lif says: May 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    Even non-Redskins fans like myself are excited to see what this young man will do. The Skins finally have a franchise QB.

  29. lolb23 says: May 30, 2012 5:37 PM

    Again I don’t get the logic, but then you go out and say that the Big 12 doesn’t produce ANY NFL offense caliber talent. Really? Darren Sproles, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Earl Campbell, and Troy Aikman (Sooner his Freshman year). These were just guys I pulled out the air, four of which are hall of famers.
    __________________________________

    None of those guys were in the Big 12. Please check out the history of the conference. The Big 12 began around 1996. It took on it’s own look (much of the teams running spread offenses) and since then it has struggled to produce elite talent. Adrian Peterson is the lone example. Sproles I do not consider anything but a no.2 compliment RB.

    It’s not hating on RG III, it’s being honest with the facts. RG was a fine college QB, but he wasn’t even close to being as good as half the QB’s from the Big 12 who have already busted out in the NFL. Just remember this when the season begins. If RG III becomes a superstar in the NFL, he’ll be the first QB to come out of the Big 12 who ever has.

  30. bison4me says: May 30, 2012 7:21 PM

    lolb23 says:

    None of those guys were in the Big 12. Please check out the history of the conference. The Big 12 began around 1996. It took on it’s own look (much of the teams running spread offenses) and since then it has struggled to produce elite talent. Adrian Peterson is the lone example. Sproles I do not consider anything but a no.2 compliment RB.

    It’s not hating on RG III, it’s being honest with the facts. RG was a fine college QB, but he wasn’t even close to being as good as half the QB’s from the Big 12 who have already busted out in the NFL. Just remember this when the season begins. If RG III becomes a superstar in the NFL, he’ll be the first QB to come out of the Big 12 who ever has.

    ====================================
    I not saying you were hating on RG3, I have no idea what your position is on him one way or the other. The only issue that I have is your evaluation of talent and completely summing up his success based on the conference they play in. A recruit can only run the offense that it’s coach tells him to run, it doesn’t mean the player no matter what conference he plays in doesn’t have the talent to play in the NFL.

    You may not think highly of Darren Sproles, but as a defense the Mike and Safety better make sure someone has a hat on him when he’s on the field. Cedric Benson and Ahman Green are/were pro caliber RBs out of that conference and DeMarco Murray is a young back to keep an eye on. Dez Bryant is a receiver you better keep in front or stay step for step with. As does Jeremy Maclin and Wes Welker. Mark Clayton also had a nice career in the NFL. These guys are all NFL offensive contributors to their team. Just out of curiosity, and this doesn’t mean anything one way or the other, but did you play organized football?

  31. peytonsneck18 says: May 30, 2012 7:32 PM

    how is a redskins fan gonna have to nerve to say another team is sorry? i guarantee u the colts wil have a better record than the deadskins, and Luck will take the colts to the playoffs before IRG3 does for the skins, and how are u gonna talk about Lucks looks? hmmm IRG3 looks like the jamie foxx characture from in living color back in the day

  32. defscottyb says: May 31, 2012 6:34 AM

    Yeeeeah buddy! HTTR

  33. eaglesfan723 says: May 31, 2012 7:17 AM

    hendawg21 says: May 30, 2012 12:00 PM

    eaglesfan723 says:
    May 30, 2012 11:41 AM
    Kind of stupid if you ask me. Why buy a jersey when the guy hasn’t proved anything in the NFL yet. It woudl kind of suck spending all that money if the guy blows. That’s some grade A tomfoolery right there.

    The same reason Iggles fans still root for that loser of a team and buy’s jerseys and they have won not one Super Bowl

    There’s a difference…players on the Eagles are actually good..unlike the Redskins..

  34. lolb23 says: May 31, 2012 8:44 AM

    Just out of curiosity, and this doesn’t mean anything one way or the other, but did you play organized football?
    ___________________________________

    11 years, but that has nothing to do with my opinion on Rg3. Some conferences and schools produce consistent NFL talent and some consistently do not. What’s the old saying? The only thing history teaches us is that we never learn from history?

    I’m not a Skins hater or fan of any other East team. It’s not like I want him to bust.

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