Everyone already knew that Robert Griffin III was the NFL’s breakout star this year, but now we have the metrics to prove it.
According to ESPN, the Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback has sold more jerseys in a single season than any other player since the NFL first began keeping track. The total number of jerseys sold is based on how many are moved by NFLshop.com. Whether that really provides the most accurate mark or not is debatable, but it’s all we have to work with at this point.
Before RGIII, Brett Favre held the record for most jerseys sold in a single season because of his moves from the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets in ’08, and from the Jets to the Minnesota Vikings in ’09.
Interestingly enough, despite the fact that he (like Favre) changed teams this year, Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos jersey has yet to crack the top three.
ESPN reached out to Fanatics.com in an effort to ensure that the NFLshop.com totals aren’t a fluke – they aren’t. Sales of Redskins gear is up over 250 percent compared to this same time last year. Even when you account for the fact that there was likely no demand for Redskins gear last year, that’s still a pretty substantial spike.
If RGIII is able to get Washington into the postseason, it’s probably a safe bet that his stuff will completely blow everybody else’s stuff out of the water.