According to CNBC, many Philadelphia retailers have placed large orders on Vick’s jersey since he was named the starter over Kevin Kolb. This comes more than two years after the league suspended sales of Vick’s Atlanta Falcons uniform.
Some retailers, like Dick’s Sporting Goods, didn’t even stock their shelves with Vick’s jersey when he was signed last August. No, they didn’t buckle under the pressure of PETA, they just didn’t think the jersey would have much demand, Vick being a backup quarterback and all. Amazingly, Vick’s jersey ended up in the top 20 in sales by the end of last season, crushing Doug Flutie fans everywhere.
Vick’s career trajectory is becoming eerily similar to Kobe Bryant’s. For those that may be blinded by Kobe’s last two rings, roughly five years ago Bryant was the sport’s biggest pariah. He was blamed for breaking up the Lakers’ dynasty of the early 2000s, and that nasty little rape allegation didn’t help.
Now? His jersey has been the top seller the past two seasons, which coincidentally both ended with championships.
Since taking over for an injured Kolb in week one, Vick has amassed a passer rating of 110.2, the third highest in the league. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year with a young Kolb, he has given Eagles fans hope of a playoff berth.
While there will always be protesters of Vick’s NFL eligibility (FYI: He served his time according to the law and he deserves the right to work for a living; get over it, people), it does seem like Vick is well on his way to winning back fans.