Tebow Mania Begins

April 28, 2010

By Beckett Media / Yahoo! Sports

You want to know how good Tim Tebow is? He’s already shattered an NFL mark without even suiting up.

The league confirmed on Tuesday that it sold a record number of Tebow’s No. 15  Denver Broncos jerseys during 2010 NFL Draft Weekend, significantly more than previous rookie record-holder Mark Sanchez (2009), Reggie Bush and Vince Young (both from the class of 2006).

“It’s a pretty substantial difference between him and the next guy,” NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter told Bloomberg News. “He’s off to a strong start.”

This wasn’t tremendously difficult to predict. Tebow came to the NFL with a legion of fans built-in, and then Denver made a big splash by trading up to get him late in the first round.

It also all worked out pretty conveniently from a jersey standpoint: Brandon Marshall just left town, making Tebow’s number 15 available, and the Broncos have a similar color scheme to that of Tebow’s college home, the Florida Gators.

Second among rookies in jersey sales was Ndamukong Suh of the Detoit Lions, followed by the first-pick overall, Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams. Rounding out the top five were Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs and the newest Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant.

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