You think you know what the most popular NFL Jersey is in YOUR state? Well, you don’t know Dick…s.
Dick’s Sporting Goods released their “Jersey Report”, their official ranking of the best-selling player jerseys at Dick’s spots nationwide. Here’s the state-by-state breakdown:
I’d love to feign surprise at the fact that New York is dominated by the Buffalo Bills rather than the Jets or Giants, but then I remembered that Buffalo has, quite possibly, one of the most rabid and die-hard fan bases in the nation — despite the recent change in ownership, losing four Super Bowls in a row in the ’90s, and the whole OJ Simpson thing. Also, they’re the only NFL team that actually plays in New York State; rightfully, New Jersey went to the Giants.
Other surprises: The Atlanta Falcons are more popular in Washington, D.C. than, you know, the team in Washington, D.C. with the offensive name. Washington would feel more at home in Virginia…and, for some reason, Nebraska as well. Speaking of Washington (the state, that is), it looks like it doubled in size by absorbing Oregon into the “12th Man” fold. Money Manziel and the Browns took over the state of Ohio, but folks in Cincinnati can find Bengals love in their neighbor to the south, Kentucky. The Raiders should probably consider a move to Montana, the Rams should stop threatening to move to California and consider Alaska instead, aaaaand nobody loves the Miami Dolphins, the Houston Texans, or the New York Jets. Surprise, surprise.
Dick’s also ranks their most popular individual jerseys by player. Through week 3, the top ten best selling jerseys are:
10. Tom Brady (down 7 spots)
9. Cam Newton (down 3 spots)
8. Brandon Marshall (up 25 spots)
7. LeSean McCoy (up 9 spots, despite his god-awful fantasy performance)
6. Joe Flacco (up 17 spots)
5. Russell Wilson (down 2 spots)
4. Luke Kuechly (up 5 spots)
3. Andrew Luck (up 4 spots)
2. Peyton Manning (down 1 spot)
And breaking onto the list at #1, knocking Peyton Manning down a peg:
1. Johnny Manziel (new)
The report also breaks the rankings down by offense (Manziel #1), defense (Kuechly #1), rookies (Manziel #1 again), and teams (Cleveland Browns), and you can even break it down by the week or the last 30 days.
Another cool feature is that you can track how an individual’s jersey has done over the season, and customize the page to reflect that player. For example, let’s look at Andrew Luck’s sales:
Pretty cool way to waste a bunch of time at work..