Brandon Marshall’s Miami Dolphins jersey with a No. 19 on it was the 16th best-selling jersey in the NFL for the past two months, based on sales at NFLShop.com.
As recently as two weeks ago, Marshall said the No. 19 he was wearing at OTAs was only temporary and he hadn’t yet settled on an official number.
“This’ll be my number for now,” Marshall said on May 19. “We'll have one in stone before camp.”
At the time, fans could order Marshall’s jersey online, but it wouldn’t be shipped until the number was official. A disclaimer on NFLShop.com read: “The player's number is subject to change and the jersey will not ship until the official number is issued.”
According to both the NFL and the Dolphins, Marshall is wearing No. 19 – yep, Ted Ginn’s old Dolphins number. That’s the number Reebok is printing and NFLShop.com is shipping. The online listing now reads that the jersey is in stock and ships in one to two business days.
“As of this point, he’s wearing No. 19,” Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.
Players can, of course, change their numbers.
Marshall had hoped to secure No. 15 – the number he wore with his previous team, the Denver Broncos, but his new teammate wide receiver Davone Bess, who wears No. 15, has told Marshall the number isn’t for sale. Bess reiterated his plans to hang onto No. 15 as recently as Friday.
The NFL sales rankings are based on sales at NFLShop.com from April 1 to May 31. Denver Broncos quarterback (and former Gator) Tim Tebow still has the top-selling jersey, followed by Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
The Dolphins ranked ninth in team merchandise sales. The Broncos were the top-selling team, followed by the Super Bowl Champion Saints and the Dallas Cowboys.