San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is unquestionably one of the fastest-rising stars in the NFL. Football fans have taken notice, as his No. 7 jersey was the highest-selling one on NFLShop.com from April 1 through June 30, according to the league's Joanna Hunter, via CNBC.
After being taken in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Niners (pick No. 36 out of Nevada), Kaepernick burst onto the scene last year. When starter Alex Smith went down with a concussion in Week 10, Kaepernick stepped in and never relinquished the starting job.
Kaepernick was a dual-threat weapon for the 49ers during the regular season, but he truly took his game to another level during the playoffs. In three starts, Kaepernick put up more than 1,000 total yards and seven touchdowns. He and the Niners fell just short of winning the Super Bowl, as the Baltimore Ravens were able to hang on 34-31.
The 49ers are among the favorites to win it all this year, and Kaepernick is a huge reason for that. Fans like to flock to the "in" thing, and there is no question that the 25-year-old is precisely that.
That title went to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last year, as he was an instant-impact player who managed to lead Washington to the playoffs. According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, RG3's jersey topped sales from March 31, 2012, through April 1, 2013.
Kaepernick wasn't the only one to surpass Griffin, as fellow sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks moved into second, with Griffin settling into third.
Quarterbacks naturally top the jersey-selling charts since they tend to be the biggest stars. With passing and running threats like Kaepernick, Wilson and Griffin at the top of the list, it signals a shift in the quarterback position as well as the types of players who fans support.
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