In the Queen City, Joe Burrow’s already making a name for himself.
It was far before the late April draft that fans were craving a Joe Burrow jersey. After a two-win season, Burrow was the easy choice for the Bengals. However, the small-market team isn’t necessarily one where most jersey sales thrive.
That’s why Burrow cracking the top ten, which he has done according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is even more impressive. Fellow rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa holds the top-two spots while the Bucs superstar addition, Tom Brady, holds the next four.
Then tight end and now unretired star Rob Gronkowski falls into line with his pewter alternative gaining a good bit of steam. Following those seven comes Burrow’s black jersey at No. 8. Gronk and Brady round out the four-player list.
Here’s the full top ten in order.
Florida is now home of nine of the top 10 NFL jersey sales. pic.twitter.com/rNmqqKvvbb— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2020
Burrow had all the hype coming out of LSU. While not everyone loves the 6-foot-4 signal caller mainly due to his lack of arm strength, the Bengals found his leadership and accuracy far more important.
After a 60 touchdown season, Burrow ended up hoisting both the NCAA’s National Championship trophy and the Heisman Trophy, a few of the highest honors in college football.
A star in the making, one can only imagine how many of these top-ten jerseys he would’ve had if drafted by the Dolphins or to another big-market city’s franchise like the Jets or Giants.
However, for the time being, Burrow is a Bengals, and while it doesn’t impact most other fanbases, the Bengals diehard fans have put their money where their mouth is and continued to purchase Burrow’s jersey even in this financially-difficult time.
The Bengals have set Burrow up perfectly for a successful rookie season, so hopefully we see these sales trend upward over the course of the season, assuming there is a season.