It might not matter to the majority of NFL-jersey consumers: a sports marketing analyst at Sports One Source told Rovell that 75 percent of the jerseys sold by retailers are the Game jerseys.
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“This is a moment that doesn’t happen often,” Tomlinson said Friday. “I don’t know if there is a bigger accomplishment than to get your number retired and to go up in the ring of honor.”
The 36-year-old Tomlinson was the team’s top pick in 2001. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons, leading the NFL twice during that time.
If the price on Kap jerseys are any indication, he’s not going anywhere.
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He was the NFL MVP in 2006, when he set a single-season record with 31 touchdowns. His 28 rushing TDs were also a record.
Despite being a three-time All Pro selection and making the Pro Bowl on five occasions, Tomlinson said he never envisioned his jersey hanging in Qualcomm Stadium.
“When you are a player, the only thing you think about is trying to win games,” said Tomlinson, now an NFL Network analyst. “Yes, you recognize that special things like this happen but you can’t see yourself in that position because you are still in the thick of things, still entrenched in being a player.”
After playing his last two years with the New York Jets, Tomlinson retired in 2012. He finished with 162 touchdowns (No. 3 all-time), 13,684 yards rushing (No. 5) and 4,772 yards receiving. Of his eight career completions, seven went for touchdowns.
Darren Rovell of ESPN reports Nike upped the sticker price on the “Limited” jersey and the “Elite” jersey beginning on April 1.
The “Game” jersey, which is Nike’s most commonly-sold NFL jersey, remains at the current price of $100.