Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t need Dan Marino’s number to dominate NFL jersey sales


Charles Barkley can relax. There’s no need to call Dan Marino like the great basketball player suggests, and ask the Hall of Fame quarterback to let Tua Tagovailoa wear the number 13 that the Dolphins retired years ago in honor of the greatest player in franchise history.

Tagovailoa, the No.5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, literally said his jersey number “has no importance. And based on NFL jersey sales, Miami fans seem to agree.

Tagovailoa will wear the No.1 with the Dolphins. An NFL spokesperson confirmed to ESPN this jersey is both the best-selling and the second-best-selling jersey since the draft on the official NFL website. Tagovailoa’s aqua Miami jersey ranks first and his white Miami jersey ranks second.

Here are the top 10 sellers on the NFL website in mid-May.

MORE: Tagovailoa’s No.1 jersey will soon be the Dolphins’ first

NFL jerseys auction

Rank Player Team Jersey color Price level
1 Tua Tagovailoa dolphins Aqua $ 99.99
2 Tua Tagovailoa dolphins White $ 99.99
3 Tom brady Buccaneers Tin $ 149.99
4 Tom brady Buccaneers White $ 149.99
5 Tom brady Buccaneers Red $ 149.99
6 CeeDee Lamb cowboys Marine $ 99.99
seven Joe terrier Bengals Noir $ 99.99
8 Tom brady Buccaneers Red $ 99.99
9 Tom brady Buccaneers Tin $ 99.99
ten Rob gronkowski Buccaneers Tin $ 99.99

The jersey sales rank isn’t surprising given the seismic nature of Tom Brady’s free agency stint from the Patriots to the Buccaneers. Brady had dominated jersey sales for years in New England, so his arrival in Tampa Bay offers fans a whole new inventory of jersey options.

The only slight surprise on the list is that so many people seem interested in the more expensive editions of Brady’s Buccaneers jerseys. (Nike’s “Vapor Limited” jersey for $ 150 features upgrades such as stitched numbers and more flexible fabric as opposed to its “Game” jersey for $ 100.)

As for Tagovailoa, his jersey sales confirm his status as the most intriguing draft selection of 2020. His new number matches his attitude towards a fresh start in Miami.

“For me, I’m not too worried about the number I have,†said Tagovailoa, who wore number 13 in Alabama. “I understand Number 13 is retired, and he should be. Dan Marino, he’s the GOAT. He’s like the mayor over there, and I have a lot of respect for him.”

Speaking of GOAT, it’s only fitting that Tagovailoa has an advantage over Brady, even in an off-court category. After years of facing Brady in the AFC East, the Dolphins will take any small victory over him they can get.


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