Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had an electric rookie season in 2012. He became a hit with fans everywhere thanks to his rocket arm, fantastic speed and charisma off the field.
The league hasn't revealed NFLShop.com's precise numbers, but this is clearly a reflection of the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year's meteoric rise.
Even an outstanding comeback campaign from Denver Broncos legendary signal-caller Peyton Manning wasn't enough to beat RGIII's appealing apparel. He finished second to the budding superstar.
Baltimore Ravens future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis finished third in sales. Another dual-threat dynamo came in at No. 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick's bicep-kissing end-zone celebration and all-around explosiveness made him one of the top players to follow in the second half of the season. He guided his team to Super Bowl XLVII, and the Niners finished first in total jersey sales.
As exciting as Kaepernick was, though, Griffin seems to be the man to beat in terms of popularity. He had the benefit of being selected No. 2 overall in the draft as the savior of a franchise, and he possessed the smarts to be social-media savvy from the beginning.
The jersey sale numbers were logged between April 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013, so the draft window definitely helped Griffin from the start.
That helped the quarterback promote his individual brand in D.C., and his style of play certainly didn't hurt his cause either. Griffin battled and competed at a high level all year long and frequently put his body on the line—eventually to a fault.
He missed one game due to a concussion suffered in a Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but the late-season knee injury was much more of a concern. Despite not being 100 percent down the stretch, Griffin suited up to lead the Redskins to the NFC East division title against the rival Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field in the regular-season finale.
Unfortunately, RGIII crumbled to the ground in the divisional playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, tearing his LCL and ACL. What's positive is that he's reportedly recovering at a staggering rate, and he may be ready for the beginning of the 2013 season.
Griffin threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He completed 65.6 percent of his passes and posted a 102.4 passer rating in his maiden NFL campaign. The No. 2 overall pick also rushed for 815 yards with seven scores.
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