Johnny Manziel Already Has League’s Top Selling Jersey

Johnny Manziel has the NFL's top-selling jersey since April 1. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Johnny Manziel has the NFL’s top-selling jersey since April 1. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Just call him Johnny Cash.

So many No. 2 Cleveland Browns jerseys with Johnny Manziel’s name on them have been sold since he was drafted Thursday night that the rookie quarterback has the best-selling jersey on since April 1, topping the likes of Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick.

The league wouldn’t say how many Manziel jerseys were sold, but it did say that the official website store sold nearly as many Manziel jerseys across draft weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, as it sold Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow jerseys during their draft weekends combined.

When Manziel jerseys went on sale at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland at 11 a.m. ET Friday, there was a line outside the team shop. Even LeBron James, whose business partner Maverick Carter works with Manziel, had a Manziel jersey on during the Miami Heat’s flight to New York on Friday.

Nike, which has an endorsement deal with Manziel and is also the league’s official uniform supplier, is offering Manziel jerseys in every version and size. The company has also made special Manziel Browns shirts that read “Johnny Football” and “Manziel or Nothing” and a women’s shirt that says “My Manziel.”

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Darren Rovell

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