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RGIII takes over top spot in single-season jersey sales

Robert Griffin III AP

There are probably going to be a few Robert Griffin III jerseys under Christmas trees later on this month.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports that the league has sold more No. 10 Redskins jerseys this year than they have sold of any other player in a single year. While they’ve only been keeping the records for six years and don’t release exact sales figures, it’s a pretty good indication of how popular Griffin has become in and out of Washington in a short period of time.

With two weeks left in the year, that would be an impressive number of jerseys. The NFL fiscal year runs through March 31st, though, so Griffin’s got a lot of time left to pad his lead. Peyton Manning’s Broncos jersey is the fourth best-selling single season jersey, which makes this a very good year for the NFL’s merchandising arm.

It’s not just RGIII jerseys that are selling well. Rovell also reports that a line of socks that Adidas produces for the quarterback has sold out. The socks retail for $20 a pair, a nice chunk of change for a gift that usually elicits a groan when the wrapping is removed.

The previous record holder for single-season jersey sales was Brett Favre in 2009 with the Vikings. He broke the record set by Brett Favre in 2008 with the Jets. We’re fairly certain he won’t be returning to take another shot at the crown.

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48 Responses to “RGIII takes over top spot in single-season jersey sales”
  1. mjzaky says: Dec 17, 2012 5:09 PM

    Can anyone say honeymoon period? Good luck building a team around the kid without those three first-round picks you gave up for him.

  2. mazblast says: Dec 17, 2012 5:22 PM

    Let’s all chip in and send one to Rob Parker as soon as he “resigns” from ESPN.

  3. geezohman says: Dec 17, 2012 5:25 PM

    OH NO.. whats the Cleveland Browns going to do ? Thats how they make their money.. after all they’ve had 16 starting QBs since 1999

    Lets see… how many can u name?

    Tim Couch…… 1999, etc etc
    Brady Quinn
    ANderson
    Jake Delhomme
    Seneca Wallace
    Colt
    Weeden

  4. chief67 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:29 PM

    Wait I thought he was a cornball brother , somebody must like him !

  5. zoellner25 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    Vikings fans truly are pathetic.

  6. jbl429 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    The NFL has never been short on bandwagon fans.

  7. stevemo says: Dec 17, 2012 5:41 PM

    Should also note that jerseys are significantly cheaper now under Nike, or at least they were earlier in the year when I looked.

  8. thejohnsmith1122 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:42 PM

    This is one reason people should stop calling athletes greedy. Imagine how much money those jersey sales generated when the price starts around $90 a pop and only goes up from there (for adult sizes).

    Star players (Brees, Brady, Manning) bring in so much revenue for the owners & NFL in both merchandise sales and attendance that when they demand such a high salary, it’s only a fraction of what they generated for the team.

  9. bpd1968 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:44 PM

    its two first round picks not three..

  10. onearmsteven says: Dec 17, 2012 5:46 PM

    mjzaky says:
    Dec 17, 2012 5:09 PM
    Can anyone say honeymoon period? Good luck building a team around the kid without those three first-round picks you gave up for him.

    only without 2 more first round picks. this years pick will be in the 20s. i think we will survive.

  11. dcbassguy says: Dec 17, 2012 5:59 PM

    First round picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014

    That makes three first round picks in trade for RGIII.

    Plus a 2nd round 2012 pick for good measure.

  12. wisewoo says: Dec 17, 2012 6:03 PM

    Redskins fans haven’t had a good enough to buy their jersey since Joe Theismann – especially not a quarterback.

    That’s about 30 years of Jersey money that they’ve been saving up.

  13. memorexbanana says: Dec 17, 2012 6:06 PM

    Good luck building without 1st round picks? Um yea….Alfred Morris is playing better than first rounders. Now if cousins can keep playing well when his name is called…he could be the next Kolb and fetch the skins some nice picks/players. Skins will be fine.

  14. skinsrock says: Dec 17, 2012 6:06 PM

    I got mine Saturday… was sporting it on Sunday & the sucker didn’t play…. but the jersey is 1-0!

  15. oldirtyman says: Dec 17, 2012 6:09 PM

    And in three years the Griffin jerseys will be tucked away in the back of their closets by the Jason Campbell jersey

  16. Patriot42 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:13 PM

    Cassel holds the record for sold jersey’s

  17. wwwfella says: Dec 17, 2012 6:20 PM

    its 2 furst round picks not 3 if they traded 3 they couldnt have drafted him. they gave up 2 and swapped the third

  18. wwwfella says: Dec 17, 2012 6:21 PM

    first ^^^^^

  19. jwreck says: Dec 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    wisewoo says:
    Dec 17, 2012 6:03 PM
    Redskins fans haven’t had a good enough to buy their jersey since Joe Theismann – especially not a quarterback.

    That’s about 30 years of Jersey money that they’ve been saving up.
    _______
    Cooley, Portis, Taylor, Arrington, Bailey, Samuels, Davis, Orakpo- there haven’t been a lot of quarterbacks (to put it mildly), but between very good skill players and the money flooded DMV area Washington has generated more than its fair share of jersey sales over the last 10 years alone.

  20. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    RG3 is very likable but more so than his popularity, this is a sign of the Redskins futility. Sales are so high because it’s been so long since the ‘Skins have had a player in which any fan would want a jersey. New Nike jersey and the first player who is good and will assuredly be there for more than 2yrs. London Fletcher is an animal, no disrespect to him.

  21. Stiller43 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:28 PM

    They gave up 3 first rounders and a 2nd for him. The first round pick they used on him counts, as they could have used that on a different player if not for drafting him.

    So their first rounder, and the 3 other picks count as the total price for him…its not that hard.

  22. pilot2011 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:30 PM

    what a great young group of qb’s in the league for years to come!

    Newton, Griffin, Luck, Wilson etc

  23. golonger says: Dec 17, 2012 6:31 PM

    In three years, they will be collecting dust in people’s closet along with all the others….might want to trade it in for a Cousins jersey!

  24. jskins83 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    RG3 is very likable but more so than his popularity, this is a sign of the Redskins futility. Sales are so high because it’s been so long since the ‘Skins have had a player in which any fan would want a jersey. New Nike jersey and the first player who is good and will assuredly be there for more than 2yrs. London Fletcher is an animal, no disrespect to him.

    well funny because 80 percent of the sales came outside the dmv area

  25. weepingjebus says: Dec 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    Season isn’t over yet, there’s still time for Mark Sanchez to catch up!

    tee-hee

  26. EJ says: Dec 17, 2012 6:37 PM

    Of course RGIII would be the top seller. Not only are the sales high because of his play, his much liked persona, Its the fact that Griffin has one of the first jerseys with the III on it.

  27. cuda1234 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:43 PM

    But I thought Tim Tebow was the most popular player in NFL history – why isn’t he on this list? Apparently they don’t count sales by members of the media!

  28. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:54 PM

    Why all the hate for RG3 it’s crazy but I guess he’s doing something right! HTTR!!!

  29. theclaim says: Dec 17, 2012 6:56 PM

    dcbassguy says:
    Dec 17, 2012 5:59 PM
    First round picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014

    That makes three first round picks in trade for RGIII.

    Plus a 2nd round 2012 pick for good measure.

     Where did you people go to school? The pick used to acquire a player is not a pick that you GAVE UP. He cost us 2 1sts and a 2nd or 3rd depending on variables. And every other team wants him. I think we did OK!

  30. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:57 PM

    If I were a fan of the colts hawks or skins I’d invest in a jersey browns and fins fans might wanna wait it seems its gonna take a while.

  31. mikelitoris1 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:02 PM

    My RG3 jersey is hanging in my closet… right beside my limited edition Drew Stanton Jets jersey.

  32. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 17, 2012 7:07 PM

    Redskins fans haven’t had a good enough to buy their jersey since Joe Theismann – especially not a quarterback.

    That’s about 30 years of Jersey money that they’ve been saving up.
    ————————————————

    John Riggins? Art Monk? Doug Williams?

  33. duncanthecat says: Dec 17, 2012 7:21 PM

    Bob Griffen III sure has done well for himself.

    I can only think of Dan Marino as having had a more impressive rookie season.

  34. Chris El Father says: Dec 17, 2012 7:49 PM

    dcbassguy says:
    Dec 17, 2012 5:59 PM
    First round picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014

    That makes three first round picks in trade for RGIII.

    Plus a 2nd round 2012 pick for good measure.
    *********************************************
    They got the second overall pick for their 2012 first rounder which we used on RG3 you moron. So NO, it was not 3 it was TWO future first rounders and swapping 1sts this year. We gave the 6th overall and got the 2nd. Why are so many people in this world of below average intelligence?

  35. abninf says: Dec 17, 2012 7:53 PM

    Just imagine if he played for Dallas.

  36. rg3andout says: Dec 17, 2012 7:54 PM

    so many suburban kids wearing his jerseys, so parker was right, hmmmm

  37. rg3andout says: Dec 17, 2012 7:55 PM

    so many kids in the suburban community wearing this cornballs jersey, stay out the “house” rg3

  38. hater79 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:56 PM

    Whats with the RG3 hate? Hate the Redskins OK, but this guy hasnt done anything to anyone.

  39. jody46 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:12 PM

    bengal lover here if you don’t like pittsburgh please root for my team!!!! LOL I don’t like washington but I do this year because I always liked RG3. I probably won’t see this later unless someone responds to me but why do people here act like they might not like him personal wise. I think he is cool in college my team is the buckeyes that one for pride this year. anyway I always thought he was great plus didn’t the coach pretty much give up on his own team and rg3 said lets at least try for playoffs coach. He has been winning because of him and his coach gave up a little that says something about his leadership and he also went to the rutgers womens basketball team game and danced in the stands for them to try to support them. no other football players was there I guess, they only showed him. way to go supporting again rg3

  40. skinsgal4life says: Dec 17, 2012 8:25 PM

    RGIII is the man!!!!

  41. bradygazelle says: Dec 17, 2012 8:42 PM

    Wow. The number one jersey is for a backup QB? Now I have seen it all.

  42. lakermetskins says: Dec 17, 2012 8:48 PM

    mjzaky says:
    Dec 17, 2012 5:09 PM
    Can anyone say honeymoon period? Good luck building a team around the kid without those three first-round picks you gave up for him.
    —————————————————-

    Some people hate for hate’s sake.

    Anyway, this is a proud franchise that’s lost it way thanks to Daniel Snyder. Our coach and GM have something that is imaginative and lasting. I would think the skins will get allot of bandwagon jumpers based on the style they play as RG3 is revolutionizing the game. Cousins ran it to perfection against an improved Browns defense. Yesterday i saw both Ben Rothlesberger and Eli Manning run the read option and pick up 5 yards. Russ wilson scored 2 of his 3 rushing tds in the read option.

  43. baddegg says: Dec 17, 2012 9:16 PM

    mjzaky says:Dec 17, 2012 5:09 PM

    Can anyone say honeymoon period? Good luck building a team around the kid without those three first-round picks you gave up for him.

    ——————

    Newsflash: the team is leading the division THIS year…

  44. asublimeday says: Dec 17, 2012 9:20 PM

    Being a DC transplant, I can attest that Redskins fans are as fair weather as they come. I’m sure they rushed out to instantly prove their fanhood the moment they were in playoff contention.

  45. rg3andthensome says: Dec 17, 2012 11:01 PM

    I would wear it with pride…A pro on all levels. Kid is a superstar. Period. HAIL 10s!

  46. midwestwarrior says: Dec 17, 2012 11:18 PM

    can i special order a redskins jersey #10 with the name “Cornball” on the back?

  47. RUAHORNH8R says: Dec 18, 2012 4:14 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I will always have a headache, considering it was our worthless win over you skins last year in week 17, that cost us the 2nd overall pick, not to mention Petersons blown out knee(which is almost showing to be a good thing for AP)…. But this kid is not only an Amazing athlete, he is a Classy dude, who carries himself to perfection with his press conferences. Always smiling & positive! This guy is a stud! Nobody can say a thing negative about this guy! I’d love to have him leading my squad, and so would 25 other franchises & their fans!

  48. illwillthemick says: Dec 18, 2012 5:29 AM

    kirk > rg3

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