It didn't take long for Michael Sam to have one of the most popular jerseys among the new rookie class in the NFL, according to reports. Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com and Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reported on Monday that Sam, the first openly gay player ever to be drafted into the NFL, has the second-most popular jersey among rookies.
"This is unprecedented for a Day 3 pick, let alone a seventh round pick, to crack the top five rookies sold following Draft weekend," NFL spokesperson Joanna Hunter told OutSports.com.
Sam's St. Louis Rams jersey is reportedly more popular than those of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Johnny Manziel's Cleveland Browns is the most popular among rookies. All four were first-round draft picks.
According to Rovell, Sam's jersey is more popular than Clowney's despite being available more than two days later.
Michael Sam sold more jerseys than Jadeveon Clowney even though Clowney's jersey was available 49 hours before Sam's.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 12, 2014
Shortly after the draft ended, Dan Bernstein of CBSChicago.com reported that the demand for Sam jerseys was "ridiculous", citing an unnamed source.