The NFL (and to an extent the other sports leagues) are amazing at promoting their fans to buy jerseys. The reason behind this is the NFL knows the average playing career of an NFL player is 3.2 years. For every 17-year veteran like Peyton Manning, there are dozens of:
Sylvester Morris, Chiefs 1st round pick 2000, played one season in NFL
Charles Rogers, Lions no. 2 overall pick 2003, played 15 total games over three seasons
Erasmus James, Vikings 1st round pick 2005, played 28 total games over four seasons
Justin Harrell, Packers 1st round pick 14 games over 3 three seasons
I have already wrote extensively about why consumers should only buy vintage NFL jerseys.
Here’s another reason: Don’t be this guy!
I saw this guy at the Fiesta Henderson, a local’s casino in the Las Vegas suburbs Sunday. He is wearing a Minnesota Vikings’ home purple Percy Harvin jersey. The number of things wrong with this jersey selection is staggering:
1. Harvin played for the Vikings 2009-12. In only one season did he play at 16 games.
2. Harvin reportedly got in fights with coach Brad Childress and Coach Leslie Frazier.
3. Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, where he won a Super Bowl.
4. Harvin was traded away from the Seahawks as he continues to be a malcontent. He reportedly fought with Doug Baldwin and gave Golden Tate a black eye the night before the Super Bowl.
5. Harvin has been a nightmare player and teammate since he was first suspended as high school junior.
Buying this jersey was (a) a waste of money, (b) enriched a player who does not deserve it and (c) is such a poor choice when a jersey for Fran Tarkenton, Chuck Foreman, Ahmad Rashad, Alan Page, Paul Krause or any number of vintage Vikings would be so much more rewarding and long-lasting.