Not a single player on the New York Giants or New York Jets ranked in the top 25 in NFL jersey sales from April 1 to mid-July, according to a July 22 report from the NFL. Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel outsold all other NFL athletes, grabbing the top spot at the cash register without even taking a snap in the pro ranks. He was followed close behind by Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks (No. 2) and Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers (No. 3).
The rest of the top 10 best-selling jerseys in the first quarter of the NFL's fiscal year included: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ( No. 4), Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ( No. 5), Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ( No. 6), Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ( No. 7), Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant ( No. 8), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ( No. 9), and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ( No. 10).
Since Seattle is such a rabid city when it comes to NFL fandom, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that three of the top 10 best-sellers feature the Seahawks logo. What did come as a bit of a shocker was the fact that the Big Apple wasn't represented in the top 25. New York is a huge football state, with thousands of fans supporting both the New York Giants and Jets.
Oddly enough, not a single player on the New York Giants or Jets sold enough jerseys to rank in the top 25 in jersey sales between April 1 and July 17 of this year. What should football fans take away from this news? That's an interesting question. This situation doesn't necessarily mean that fan interest in New York's two football teams is waning, but it might.
The most likely answer is that Giants fans have had a decade to purchase an Eli Manning jersey, being that he's been in the league since 2004. He's the Giants' top superstar, but his jersey might not be a hot seller right now because he's coming off a down year where the Giants went 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs.
As for the Jets, they likely didn't have a top-selling jersey because starting quarterback Michael Vick is still trying to clean up his image from the dog fighting scandal of 2007. Vick, 34, was involved in a pattern of illegal activity that included dogs being brutally murdered, and football fans never forgot about that even though he has worked hard over the past few years to change the public perception of him.
Since seven of the top 10 best-selling NFL jerseys between April and July were quarterbacks, its clear that is a position that is a perennial top seller. That said, all it takes is a quick look at who is taking the snaps for the Giants and Jets to see why jersey sales are down.