San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o has the top-selling jersey among all rookies based on sales from April 1 through June 30, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
The second-round pick out of Notre Dame (No. 38 overall) has become one of the most polarizing figures in sports over the last year, thanks in large part to his elaborate girlfriend hoax, which played out on the national stage and went beyond the realm of sports.
While Te’o locked up the top spot in jersey sales for rookies, Tavon Austin, EJ Manuel, Cordarrelle Patterson and Eddie Lacy all found themselves in the top five.
The Chargers are hoping the addition of the former Notre Dame defensive captain will do more than just bring in jersey sales. His draft status was all over the map following his off-field problems and his inability to make much of an impact against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game.
The Irish lost in a blowout, 42-14.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano will be looking to put together the best unit possible, and if Te'o steps up in training camp, he could very well start in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.
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