Over the weekend, Patriots fans lined up for hours to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys at the Patriots Pro Shop. The team gave fans the opportunity to select a new jersey free of charge, but the most popular player in the swap may not be who you think.
Vince Wilfork, not Tom Brady, was the most-requested jersey in the exchange program, according to TMZ. About 2,500 people showed up to exchange their Hernandez jerseys. Don’t shed a tear for Brady too soon, though, as he came in a close second to Wilfork.
Of those who came to put Hernandez in the rearview mirror, about 30 percent were children requesting youth-sized jerseys. Moreover, the Patriots actually lost about $250,000 in the exchange, averaging out to $100 per jersey. Replica jerseys sell for $100, and authentic jerseys sell for $250 in the Patriots Pro Shop online, so it’s unclear if the figure refers to actual operating losses, or just a loss of profit.
TMZ jokes that Tim Tebow jerseys weren’t even among the top five requested by fans. However, as The Atlantic Wire points out, Tebow jerseys weren’t available as part of the exchange program.