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.