The NFL Players Association recently released the top 50 NFL player sales list. Not surprisingly, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence ranked eight. On the other hand, Tim Tebow missed the cut. How can this be possible if the former Gator has one of the top-selling jerseys in the league? One closer look at the list sheds light on the reason for the snub.
The NFLPA only tracked sales from March 1 to May 31 and Tebow signed with the Jaguars in late May. Had he landed in Jacksonville before, let’s say in March, there’s a good chance his name might have appeared on the list. Fans simply didn’t rush to the store to buy his old New York Jets or Denver Broncos jerseys. The fact that he may not make the Jaguars’ 53-man roster also could have played a factor.
Tebow is not the lock to make the team and he could be gone at any time. You could argue that precisely because of that, his merchandise should be in high demand but that’s not the case. Looking at the list, there are not many surprises. Lawrence is the most talented quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck and has signed all kinds of endorsement deals with powerhouses such as ADIDAS, Gatorade, and Bose. Thus, it wasn’t shocking to see him land in the top ten.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady claimed the top spot while 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes showed up at number two. Other players that cracked the top ten are Dak Prescott (3), Joe Burrow (4), CeeDee Lamb (5), Justin Fields (6), Ezekiel Elliot (7), Rob Gronkowski (9), and Josh Allen (10).
Tim Tebow could get make the Top 50 player sales list next time.
The NFLPA is constantly updating the list, so it’s possible that Tebow appears in the next one. However, a few things need to happen. For starters, he needs to make the Jaguar’s 53-man roster. Furthermore, he must start the 2021 season with a bang. There’s no point in him being with the team if he’s going to be inactive on Sundays. If he scores early on, he should have no trouble getting the national spotlight the way he used to in the late 2000s.
Keep in mind that Tebow is currently making the transition from quarterback to tight end and after being out of the NFL for several years, it won’t be an easy task. Nevertheless, the early returns have been encouraging.
After working hard and doing everything he was asked to do during the Jaguars’ organized team activities and minicamp, the 2010 first-round pick has had a string of solid practices in training camp. Although he still needs to work on the fundamentals of the position, he’s showing growth.
Head coach Urban Meyer brought in Tim Tebow because he thinks he can contribute in 2021. The former Gator is facing some challenges just to make the team but if he fails, it won’t be because of a lack of effort. If he continues to do everything he has done up until now, there’s a good chance he will be on the 53-man roster in Week 1. As a bonus, he could also be one of the Top 50 NFL player sales list.