Sales of Ray Lewis’ jerseys have risen nearly 2,000 percent since he announced his retirement, according to Fanatics.com data (do not click on the link if you are a Notre Dame fan, for you will be bombarded with crimson gear for sale).
Since then, Lewis’ jersey is the top-selling NFL jersey for the online retailer, right ahead of – wait for it – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The Ravens play the Broncos in Denver on Saturday.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady round out the top five.
Fanatics does not release actual sales numbers. Lewis spent the whole season in the top 15 for jersey sales. The 2,000 percent increase comes from comparing sales during the first week of 2013 compared to the first week of 2012.
The popularity of Lewis’ jersey helped all Ravens gear sell at a 68 percent increase (from the last week of the season) in the days leading up to the first round of playoff games, more than any other team.
I did a rough count of Lewis jerseys at M&T Bank Stadium at the Colts game, and came up with *29,437. There were a lot. But obviously there’s still demand for No. 52.*Not based on actual math, or thorough survey of any kind. Just a guess. But I'd say about half the people wearing jerseys were wearing Lewis jerseys for his last game at home.