This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DICK’S Sporting Goods . All opinions are 100% mine.
This past weekend I was casually talking to the boys about jerseys when my friend mentioned that he was thinking about getting his first New York Giants jersey. Naturally, we asked whose jersey he was going to buy, and he told us very matter-of-factly that he was going to get #13 AKA Odell Beckham Jr. Everyone started laughing. Don’t get me wrong, ODB Jr. is an absolute monster on the field and a top-five wide receiver, but I just can’t see my friend wearing the same thing (anything, really) that Odell Beckham Jr. wears. The two couldn’t be more opposite. ODB is the definition of a “wide-rediva.” Yes, he makes absurd catches and everything, but is that really the guy who you want to be representing or supporting when you put on your jersey?
So, of course I chimed in and told the homie to go get himself an Eli Manning jersey. You can’t go wrong rocking the threads of a two-time Super Bowl MVP, 13-year starting QB of your team, who’s also never been involved in any sort of scandal. Sure, sometimes he has the dumbest look on his face during games, but if you just take a peek at what some Giants fans look like after a 1:00 P.M. Sunday game at home, you’ll realize that Eli Manning and his fans have a lot in common.
That’s when my friend told me that I was lame and that ODB was the new face of the franchise. I don’t want to get too much into the boring conversation, but long story short I told him that there was no way that Eli Manning’s jersey was less popular than ODB Jr.’s jersey. No way. So we pulled up Dick’s Jersey Report on my phone and what I saw blew me away…
Not only was Odell Beckham Junior’s jersey the third-most popular jersey this season, Eli Manning was sitting all the way back at #25. The quarterback for the #1 market in sports is just one spot ahead of Seattle’s “The 12th Fan,” six spots behind Joe Flacco, and five behind Stefon Diggs. WTF? How is that even possible? Joe Flacco (as elite as he is) is the most vanilla QB in the league. If Baltimore fans are going to buy a jersey, they should at least make it Terrell Suggs or someone that fits the narrative of their team better.
I did some more research on the Dick’s Jersey Report and played with some of the filter options (Offensive, Defensive, Rookies, Teams) and came to the conclusion that the reason Eli Manning’s jersey wasn’t selling as much was because he’s been in the league for so long. Anyone who has wanted an Eli Manning jersey has had time to buy one.
Of course, that doesn’t explain how people are picking up Joe Flacco jerseys faster than Eli Manning jerseys, but the one saving grace that makes me feel better is that the NY Giants have two players in the Top 25 and there are 32 teams in the NFL. Also, the top-selling Jets jersey is Darrelle Revis (who just said he doesn’t want to play anymore) at #54 and he’s sitting behind Jared Goff #51.