UPDATED THURSDAY, MAY 6, at 10:48 a.m. MDT
When Tim Tebow was drafted, there were only eight days left in April.
But that didn’t stop the Broncos’ first-round draft pick from outpacing every other NFL player in jersey sales for the entire month of April.
The Associated Press story on NFL.com said Tebow’s No. 15 jersey beat the second-best seller — Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 Redskins jersey — by “a lot.”
“That’s just an extreme honor that people would want to wear my jersey even though I haven’t ever done anything in it,” Tebow said.
The only other rookies in the top 10 in jersey sales were the top two picks in the draft –Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (No. 9) and Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (No. 8).
The rest of the top 10 includes some familiar names: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels said the jersey sales are out of Tebow’s hands, but he considers it a good thing for the NFL and the city of Denver. He knows the rookie won’t let the popularity go to his head as he enters OTAs later this month.
“He ultimately knows he’s going to have to win the respect of his teammates once he gets here and he starts playing football,” McDaniels said. “That’s his attitude and mindset. He’s got a long way to go, a lot to learn, but he’ll come in with the right approach.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
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