With the offseason almost ending, we thought we’d revisit another jersey stat.
Normally, 247Sports likes to bring you the weekly rundown of top NFL player jerseys sold across the country. Lost in that information, however, is where those jersey sales are coming from.
Dicks Sporting Goods helped answer that question by showing a map of each state’s top-sellers. Most of the geographical preferences are as you’d expect. Texas buys Cowboys gear, the Broncos control Rocky Mountain country and the eastern states split up pretty evenly by allegiance.
The fun part is looking at the states without NFL franchises. Arkansas is high on the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Panthers sell big in… Hawaii? I would’ve easily thought Hawaii-native Marcus Mariota would be pushing tons of Titans jerseys there. If you live in Alaska, the Rams are your team. I’d be interested to see if this shakes up as the season progresses.
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There is no guarantee that Tim Tebow will make the Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster, but when it comes to his jersey sales, it doesn’t matter. The Tebow brand is strong, and his improved mechanics have people very excited about what he can bring to the table in 2015.
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Tebow’s roster uncertainty has not held back fans from purchasing his new Eagles jersey. In fact, according to NFLShop.com, Tebow’s jersey is the 16th-highest selling jersey. The only other Eagle with a jersey in the top 25 is the NFL’s reigning leading rusher, DeMarco Murray.
According to Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst with The NDP Group in Maine, it is no coincidence that Tebow and Murray are the two Eagles in the top 25.
“We saw Tebow’s jersey sell well on the first go round. Any time a high profile player moves to another team, sales jump,” said Powell.
Tebow’s appeal to fans is easy to recognize in an NFL landscape crowded with players making the news for the wrong reasons. He is a humble and hard-working individual who will stop at nothing to realize his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL. Maybe we should applaud the fans for making his jersey one of the NFL’s top seller.