Even if it doesn’t come with a Dolphins hat, the jersey worn by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has become the hottest seller for the NFL.
According to CNBC.com, Kaepernick has climbed to the top of the chart for the period covering April 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
Joining Kaepernick in the top two is another young NFC West quarterback — Russell Wilson of the Seahawks.
Robert Griffin III comes in at No. 3, followed by league MVP Adrian Peterson (whose Vikings have new jerseys this year) and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
To start the bottom five, the Dolphins finally have beaten the Patriots at something. Ryan Tannehill finished sixth; Tom Brady lands at No. 7.
Two of the last three are retired linebackers: Ray Lewis at No. 8 and Brian Urlacher at No. 10. They sandwiched Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is arguably the best player in the NFL but whose jersey isn’t deemed nearly as valuable.
No 2013 rookie cracked the top 10 for the quarter, underscoring the lack of star power in this year’s incoming draft class. Players who could eventually emerge with jerseys that sell briskly include Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Rams receiver Tavon Austin, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (the new Ochocinco in Cincinnati), Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, and Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (who likely won’t be switching to No. 81).