Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos had the National Football League’s best-selling jersey in April, beating out Donovan McNabb, who was traded to the Washington Redskins one month ago.
Tebow topped all current NFL players in jersey sales even though he wasn’t drafted until April 22, when the Broncos took the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner in the first round.
Tebow won two national championships at the University of Florida and the NFL said 30 percent of orders for his jersey at NFLShop.com in April came from that state. He had set a record for jersey sales over the NFL’s draft weekend.
Super Bowl quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts finished third and fourth last month in jersey sales, followed by Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings. The league doesn’t disclose sales totals.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who was traded to the New York Jets in March, ranked sixth.
Kevin Kolb, who took over as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback when McNabb was traded on April 4, was 12th in jersey sales in April.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended last month for six games after being accused of sexual assault, dropped out of the top 25 in jersey sales at NFLShop.com. He was ranked 11th in March.
NFL Jersey Sales at NFLShop.com for April =========================================
1. Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
2. Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5. Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
6. LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets
7. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
8. Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions
9. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
10. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
12. Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants
14. Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints
15. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
16. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
17. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
18. Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs
19. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
20. Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints
21. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
22. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
23. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
24. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
25. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts