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Peyton Manning Overtakes Kaepernick As Top-Selling NFL Jersey

Broncos QB Peyton Manning overtook 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick as the top-selling NFL jersey from April 1-Nov. 30 on NFLShop.com. Kaepernick held the top spot when sales were last examined at the end of September. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson maintained the third spot, while Redskins QB Robert Griffin III fell four spots to No. 9. Eight of the top 10 player jerseys belong to QBs. Meanwhile, the 49ers continue to lead the league in team jersey sales, while the Broncos moved past the Cowboys for the No. 2 spot (THE DAILY).

RANK
PLAYER
RANK
PLAYER
1
Broncos QB Peyton Manning
14
Cowboys TE Jason Witten
2
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
15
Colts QB Andrew Luck
3
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
16
Giants QB Eli Manning
4
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
17
Giants WR Victor Cruz
5
Patriots QB Tom Brady
18
49ers LB Patrick Willis
6
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
19
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman
7
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
20
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
8
Saints QB Drew Brees
21
Ravens RB Ray Rice
9
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III
22
Steelers S Troy Polamalu
10
Texans DE JJ Watt
23
Cowboys QB Tony Romo
11
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
24
49ers RB Frank Gore
12
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant
25
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware
13
Packers LB Clay Matthews
 
RANK
TEAM
RANK
TEAM
1
49ers
6
Packers
2
Broncos
7
Bears
3
Cowboys
8
Steelers
4
Seahawks
9
Giants
5
Patriots
10
Saints

TRIED BUT TRUE: In Denver, Mike Klis wrote of Manning's rank, "I’m a tad surprised because his jersey has been in circulation for two years." But as Grffin's "star drastically dimmed and with little sex appeal in this year’s rookie class, the trusted Manning remains on top." Klis noted Broncos LB Von Miller "fell off the list," as there was "some backlash to his season-opening six-game suspension" (DENVERPOST.com, 12/11). ESPN's Stan Verrett noted Griffin dropped to ninth after being the top-seller in '12. Verrett noted Patriots QB Tom Brady was "in the top five" and then asked, "Doesn’t everybody in New England already have a Tom Brady jersey? Or is he just so good it's like, 'I've got to get a new Tom Brady jersey because the old one's old'" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/12).
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