Merchandise sales reveal 49ers as most popular NFL team

Merchandise sales reveal 49ers as most popular NFL team
April 9, 2013, 11:45 am
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Fans made Colin Kaepernick jerseys the fourth-most purchased individual jersey in the NFL. (NFLShop.com)

For the first time since 1979, no NFL team is selling more merchandise than the San Francisco 49ers, according to numbers provided by NFL PR's Joanna Hunter.

The 49ers, who finished second in sales in 1994 and 1995, were the lone west coast team in the top six. The Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots followed San Francisco.

The 49ers rocketed to the top on the power of offensive and defensive leaders Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis, who finished fourth and 10th, respectively, on the list of top-selling NFL player jerseys.

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Kaepernick took over as the 49ers starting quarterback and went 7-3, leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVIII. His success was recognized by NFL fans all over, as he trails only Robert Griffin III (who set a single-season jersey sales record), Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis in individual jersey sales.

Willis, a Pro Bowler in each of his first six NFL seasons with the 49ers, was the second ranked defensive player on the list behind Lewis.

 

Top-selling NFL player jerseys (Rank | Player)

1 Robert Griffin III
2 Peyton Manning
3 Ray Lewis
4 Colin Kaepernick
5 Tom Brady
6 Andrew Luck
7 Aaron Rodgers
8 Victor Cruz
9 Eli Manning
10 Patrick Willis
11 Rob Gronkowski
12 J.J. Watt
13 Tim Tebow
14 Russell Wilson
15 Marshawn Lynch

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