Sunday, July 21, 2013

Manti Te'o has the top selling NFL rookie jersey

That whole fake girlfriend scandal with Manti Te'o last winter might have dropped the duped former Notre Dame linebacker's draft stock but it has spiked the San Diego Chargers' second-round pick's jersey sales.

ESPN is reporting that the Te'o's No. 50 jersey was flying off the shelves and was the top seller among all NFL rookies from April 1-June 30 on  It proves again that — with all of the sensationalist publicity that came with the bizarre situation — weird stuff sells.

Following the naive, but likable, Te'o in rookie sales were Rams receiver Tavon Austin, Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and Packers running back Eddie Lacy. Notably, that top-five list does not include Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

As for the rest of the league, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken his place at the top of the list. Not surprising, considering last year's midseason replacement led the 49ers to the NFC championship and nearly pulled off a Super Bowl win.

Joining the quarterback race in which San Francisco and Seattle have engaged this offseason, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is No. 2 on the list. Following him were Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Te'o's top-seller is a surprise considering the small market NFL city he plays for. It's gotta be the lightning bolts.

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