Being Super Bowl champions has its perks for the Baltimore Ravens. You get shiny new jewelry. You get to play in the first regular-season game, albeit in Denver. And, apparently, a lot of your jerseys get sold.
According to the NFL, the Ravens had four players among the top 25 best-selling jerseys over the past three months, which led the league. Retired linebacker Ray Lewis (No. 8), running back Ray Rice (No. 14), wide receiver Torrey Smith (No. 17) and quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 25) all ranked among the highest-selling jerseys from April 1 to June 30. The biggest surprise is Smith. I would've guessed Ed Reed or Terrell Suggs at that spot.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks each had three players in the top 25. Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco) and Russell Wilson (Seattle) were first and second on the list, respectively.
Last year, over that same time period, the Ravens only had one player in the top 25 (Lewis at No. 12). Peyton Manning topped jersey sales for the NFL in 2012.