Manziel has best-selling jersey of draft picks; Bridgewater No. 4
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- May 12, 2014 - 5:04 PM
Johnny Football moves the needle when it comes to fan enthusiasm. But it turns out Teddy Bridgewater isn't too far behind. Per ESPN's Darren Rovell:
So many No. 2 Cleveland Browns jerseys with Johnny Manziel's name on them have been sold since he was drafted Thursday night that the rookie quarterback has the best-selling jersey on NFLShop.com since April 1, topping the likes of Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick. The league wouldn't say how many Manziel jerseys were sold, but it did say that the official website store sold nearly as many Manziel jerseys across draft weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, as it sold Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow jerseys during their draft weekends combined.
The second-most popular jersey among rookies has been that of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player ever to be drafted, despite the fact Sam jerseys weren't available until 9 p.m. ET Saturday. Sam, who played at Missouri, was picked in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.
Rounding out the top five for rookies: Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was picked first overall, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was taken as the last pick of the first round, and Jacksonville's Blake Bortles, the first quarterback taken, at No. 3 overall.
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