After taking over the quarterback reins for the Denver Broncos midseason, Tim Tebow has gone 5-1. His talent has been questioned by many, but one thing that doesn’t need a question mark is his popularity.
According to CNBC, Tebow’s #15 jersey was the second highest selling jersey on NFLShop.com last week; Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the top spot. Tebow’s jersey rose five spots in November and during the period from April through November, he had the sixth best selling jersey on the site.
No need to worry if Tebow’s jersey will ever reach the top spot; it has already been there. In 2010, from the NFL’s draft until December 3, 2010, #15 was number one. Tebow’s jersey dropped to number five this March from his lack of play and the Broncos’ absence in the playoffs.
Jersey Sales Rise in Florida
Tebow’s jersey sales have seen darker days: it dropped to 24 through the month of September, but now that the young quarterback is starting, his jersey sales have extended to Tebow’s home state, Florida.
Between being the local hero and a recipient of gator love, high jersey sales have taken place in Jacksonville, FL. Local sports store owners have seen a rise in #15 jersey sales. One store, Sports Mania in Mandarin, saw Tebow jersey sales jump as soon as it was announced he would start in the Miami game (Oct. 23) and since then, they have continued to grow.
Another store, Fanatics.com, has seen Tebow’s jersey rise more than 50% nationally during the past two weeks.
As further evidence of Tebow’s growing popularity and success, he will grace the cover of the NFL’s new magazine called, yes, NFL Magazine. It will be released on December 13, and should Tebow’s wins continue, it should help spur sales.
While’s Tebow’s star power continues to ascend, for those of you who are superstitious, Tebow’s sunny days could end soon.
He graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.