- Darren Rovell, ESPN.com Sports Business reporter
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Thanks to a strong weekend in sales, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III now has the league's top selling jersey, according to the NFL, quoting sales from its official online store, NFLShop.com.
RG3 surpassed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who had been in the top spot. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is first among players who aren't wearing new jerseys this season, comes in at No. 3.
All quarterbacks round out the rest of the top six in sales monitored from April 1 to Nov. 27. Peyton's brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, is at No. 4, New England quarterback Tom Brady is in the fifth spot and Peyton's replacement in Indianapolis, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, is sixth.
Due to lack of playing time, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who has been near the top of the jersey sales list since being traded from the Broncos to make way for Peyton Manning, has fallen to No. 8, one spot behind New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
The man who plays ahead of Tebow, Mark Sanchez, has not been among the top 25 purchased jerseys in the league for months now.
Two defensive players round out the top 10 in Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who has played in only two games this season, and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. But the defensive player who is seeing the fastest rise is Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who had never appeared in the top 25 and now finds himself at No. 17 in his second season. Watt is the only Texans player on the list.
The Falcons, who are tied with the Texans for the best record in the league at 10-1, don't have a representative on the best-selling jersey list.
The biggest drop on the list over the past two months is that of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, whose jersey slipped from No. 14 at the beginning of October to No. 20 on the most recent rankings. The Cowboys have won only three of seven games during that time.
Although RG3 has made plenty of highlight reels, his rise to the top comes even as his Redskins enter Week 13 with a losing record (5-6).
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