Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 249th pick on Saturday night.
Despite not hearing his name until a full 48-hours after no.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney it looks like the historic move to take Sam has already been a big hit with NFL fans across the country.
Sam's Rams jersey was shown today to have been the second best selling amongst all NFL rookies who were taken in this year's draft.
As you may expect, the stats, revealed by the NFL Monday, show Johnny Manziel's Cleveland Browns jersey to be the top-seller meanwhile no.1 overall pick, Clowney, has to settle for third place in the list.
Two of Manziel's fellow quarterback class complete the top five with the jerseys of no.26 pick Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota Vikings) and third man out,Blake Bortles, (Jacksonville Jaguars) also selling well.
But it is the sales of Michael Sam's jersey which are gaining the headlines, considering his late round seven selection:
"This is unprecedented for a Day 3 pick, let alone a seventh round pick, to crack the top five rookies sold following Draft weekend," explained Joanne Hunter, a spokesperson for the NFL.
Indeed, with Sam not discovering his NFL fate until late Saturday, it is extraordinary that his jersey has sold it such high numbers compared to players whose merchandise was available up to 48 hours in advance of his.
The news of such an overwhelmingly positive reaction will surely be reassuring for Sam as he prepares to make history in the coming months.
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