Now, it appears his merchandise is flying off the shelves at the official NFL online store.
Sorting all NFLShop.com gear by “Top Sellers” on Friday revealed that the top five selling items were Tebow items. This includes jerseys (men’s, women’s and youth) and name & number T-shirts (men’s and women’s).
ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday morning pointed out the Tebow buying frenzy.
The sudden Tebow craze is even more jarring when viewing the Jaguars jersey section of NFLShop.com, which highlights that his jersey is outselling that of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was just selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Lawrence, of course, is considered a generational prospect whose talent could change the franchise’s fortunes for the foreseeable future. Tebow, a former QB, turns 34 in August and hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2012, thanks in large to a five-year professional baseball career in the New York Mets minor league system.
It’s entirely possible, if not likely, Tebow won’t crack Jacksonville’s roster, in which case those who shelled out $119.99 might come to regret their jersey investment. Then again, Tebow, a two-time national champion and a Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, is a cult hero in the Sunshine State, so it’ll really be a collector’s item either way.
All told, it’ll be fascinating to see how Jaguars head coach (and former Gators head coach) Urban Meyer, who’s very familiar with Tebow from their time together in Gainesville, will deploy the 2010 first-round pick in wake of him changing positions.
Tim Tebow mania is back, folks. In a big, big way. And yes, this is 2021.