Johnny Manziel Already Has the Top-Selling Jersey in the NFL
Johnny Football is a national phenomenon. Hate all you want, but dude is taking over the NFL. Manziel may not even start for the Browns in Week 1 as a rookie, but he already has the highest-selling jersey in the league. Marinate on that for a moment.
Johnny has been living it up since being drafted in the first round by Cleveland, shuttling from mini-camp to Vegas to Los Angeles and back. Meanwhile, the American public is fawning over his No. 2 uniform. We tried to tell you to cop that Nike x "Money Manziel" tee weeks ago. Better hope his No. 2 joint isn't already sold out at your local sporting goods haunt.
Manziel is selling more jerseys than either Super Bowl QB from last year, and probably more jerseys than your entire team's roster combined. More details from ESPN's Darren Rovell:
The NFL will announce on Monday that more Johnny Manziel No. 2 Cleveland Browns jerseys were sold on NFLShop.com during the first quarter of the league's fiscal year than any other player's jersey.
Manziel topped Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (No. 3) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (No. 4).
Only two jerseys of defensive players were in the top 10. The jerseys of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted, were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Aside from those of Wilson and Sherman, three other Seahawks jerseys finished in the top 25, the most of any team. The "12th Fan" jersey finished 10th, running back Marshawn Lynch's was 11th and safety Earl Thomas's was 20th on the list.
Notable rookies to crack the list besides Manziel and Sam included Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (No. 13), Houston Texans defensive end and top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney (No. 16) and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (No. 18).
Also, if you're buying a "12th Man" Seahawks jersey, please show yourself out. You are unfathomably lame.