Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota's jersey was the NFL's top-seller for the period of May 1-31, per ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell.
Marcus Mariota's jersey is the NFL's top seller for May.
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Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, edged No. 1 overall selection Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the honor, per ESPN's Darren Rovell. The ranking is based on the sales of the league's online store covering the period of May 1-31.
"It's surreal for me, it's such an honor," Mariota told Nashville's The Midday 180 (via ESPN). "For me it's one of those deals, looking back on it in the future, it's a crazy, crazy deal for sure."
Aside from Mariota and Winston, the only other rookies who made the top 25 were the San Diego Chargers' Melvin Gordon (24th) and the Oakland Raiders' Amari Cooper (25th), per ESPN.
Rovell says New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's jersey locked up the third spot. He says this "suggests strong support for Brady over the past month." The NFL suspended Brady for four games without pay on May 11 for his alleged involvement in the infamous "DeflateGate" scandal.
Brady has worn the same No. 12 since his rookie year in 2001, representing the longest streak for players who landed in the top 15 selling jerseys for May 2015, per Rovell.
The ESPN update also says Johnny Manziel's No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey was not in last month's top 25. It was the top seller a year ago.
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt's No. 99 jersey was the highest-rated for a defensive player, checking in at No. 12, per Rovell.
Returning NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last month, placed 15th, per ESPN.
Rounding out the the Top 10 were Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (third), Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks (fourth), Odell Beckham, Jr. of the New York Giants (fifth), Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots (sixth), Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers (seventh), Dez Bryat of the Dallas Cowboys (eighth), Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (ninth) and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (10th), per ESPN.
According to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, the NFL did not divulge the actual number of jerseys sold in May.
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