Tim Tebow bigger fan favorite than Peyton Manning?

November 12, 2010
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The late Vince Lombardi once famously said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

Clearly he wasn’t referring to fan popularity and merchandise sales when he made that statement.

If we’ve learned one thing from the National Football League’s most recent merchandise sales numbers on NFLShop.com, it’s that sometimes there isn’t much of a correlation between winning—or even playing—and what fans are buying.

Here’s a mind-smoker for you: Tim Tebow leads all players in jersey sales from April 1 to Oct. 31, according to NFLShop.com. Sure, the Florida graduate and Denver Broncos back-up QB is a nice story, but he’s hardly played and hasn’t thrown a single pass. He has scored two rushing touchdowns.

If Tebow holds on to his lead, he’ll be the first rookie to lead the league in jersey sales since the NFL began tracking such numbers.

But the surprises don’t stop with Tebow’s ascension. Dallas Cowboys merchandise is at the top in the team category. The Cowboys have lost seven of their first eight games.

The Indianapolis Colts, a perennial playoff team over the last decade, aren’t in the top 10, according to NFLShop.com figures. I guess the Cowboys really are America’s team. Maybe not so much for the Colts. I’m sure Colts products are selling hot in this mid-sized market, but nationally, they don’t appear to be so hot right now.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Broncos round out the top five.

Surely star Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is close to Tebow in jersey sales? Well, he ranks fourth. The Saints’ Drew Brees and Steelers’ Troy Polamalu fall in between Tebow and Manning.

Despite his team’s struggles and a dust-up over potential sexual harassment in the work place, Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre is No. 5 on the list. Rounding out the top 10 in jersey sales are Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, New England’s Tom Brady, Dallas’ Miles Austin, Washington’s Donovan McNabb and Dallas’ Tony Romo. The way McNabb is getting along with his coach, his fans can probably get his Redskins jersey half off by January.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is not in the top 25 in jersey sales for the first time since his rookie year in 2004. At the beginning of last season, before his latest indiscretion, Big Ben was fifth on the list.
 

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  • Working on Sunday
    Being on Jesus' team can really help you rake in the dough.

    So...when can I begin stoning those people to death for working on the Sabbath?
  • Or is it more likely that since Tebow is a rookie, hence new, people are just getting a chance to buy his jersey. While they have had the last 10 years to get Manning jerseys. Same for Brees. He is still relatively a new phenomenon on the scene. Palamalbingbang is probably how shirt because of his shampoo commercials and people realizing how unique his hair is, thus increasing his visibility and popularity.
  • Do copy Darren Rovell's articles all the time?
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/40130927
  • RE: Do copy Darren Rovell's articles all the time?
    This has been made public 2 months after the draft....if anything, this is old news. Not Anthony covering someone else's articles. Get over it.
  • Ocho,

    you do realize these kind of articles and blogs are standard fare like frying the egg on the sidewalk in the summer and freezing water in the air in the winter. Everybody does these when the press release comes out. Considering the CNBC article was focused on not so big ben, and Anthony focused on local boy Peyton, i am not quite getting your concerns.

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