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Nike NFL Uniforms: Predicting the Highest-Selling Player Jerseys

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers takes the field prior to playing against the Washington Redskins at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterApril 3, 2012

Tuesday is going to be a big day for both Nike and the NFL. Nike is taking over as the league's new outfitters this season, and the company will reveal its renditions of all 32 team uniforms at precisely 11 a.m. ET tomorrow, according to ESPN.com.

However, you won't be able to go out and purchase a brand new Nike jersey until April 26th, the first day of the NFL draft. Until then, you'll have to wait.

When these things are finally available...man, they're going to sell like hotcakes. 

But which individual players are going to sell the most jerseys? Here are a few educated guesses.

 

5. Eli Manning, New York Giants

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates after the Giants won 21-17 against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Al Bello/Ge
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One doesn't tend to think of Eli Manning as a guy with league- and nation-wide appeal, but he apparently inspires some pretty significant jersey sales.

According to the USA Today, Manning ranked eighth in jersey sales in 2011, in front of Tony Romo and just behind Michael Vick.

For the record, this information was released roughly a month before Manning went out and won his second Super Bowl ring. It's safe to say his popularity has only increased since then.

Manning is going to sell a ton of jerseys once Nike lifts the lid on its designs, as anybody who fell for him during the Super Bowl is going to be wanting some official Manning threads. Judging from the previous sales, there are still a lot of people out there who don't have any.


4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers sold more jerseys than any player in the league last year. I assume that had something to do with his Super Bowl MVP, and then his ridiculous 2011 season.

Rodgers is bound to see some decline in jersey sales this year, but not much. The best quarterbacks in the league (Tom Brady, Drew Brees, et al) tend to stick around at the top of the jersey sales lists, and Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league right now.

It helps that Rodgers has appeal away from the field as well. When he's not threading needles with his passes, he's not a bad salesman.

I mean, do I need to say it?

Okay fine, "Discount Double Check."


3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton did not crack the top 10 in jersey sales in 2011.

That will change in 2012. After the rookie season he just had, his jersey is bound to be in high demand. 

I'm not just guessing here. After Newton burst onto the scene with 422 yards passing against the Arizona Cardinals in Carolina's season opener, TMZ reported that Newton's jersey sales had immediately skyrocketed.

Newton hasn't lost any appeal since then. In fact, he's probably more popular than ever after winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.


2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20:  Quarterback Peyton Manning poses with his uniform after the news conference announcing his contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, C
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Peyton Manning did not crack the top 10 in jersey sales in 2011, but Darren Rovell of CNBC reported way back in January of 2011 that Manning finished No. 4 in jersey sales in 2010.

Now that Manning is on a new team (it still feels weird), all those who bought Manning jerseys in the past are going to have to open up their wallets and dish out a few bucks to buy a new one.

Folks in Indianapolis are going to save their money, but none of us should kid ourselves by thinking that Manning is only loved in Indianapolis. He's one of the most beloved players in the league.

Besides, people in Denver are going to need Manning jerseys to replace their old Broncos jerseys. You know, the ones they bought to honor a certain mediocre quarterback.

...Otherwise known as the next guy on this list.


1. Tim Tebow, New York Jets

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will
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Because he's Tim Tebow.

That is all.

Okay fine, if you must have more info, Tebow finished second in jersey sales in 2011. All those jerseys are obsolete, and the recent legal dispute between Nike and old league outfitter Reebok has made it clear that Tebow's jersey is still very much in demand.

It's in demand because he's Tim Tebow, and because this is an exciting time for him.

 

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