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They’re On Your Back

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

Go to any major Northwest sporting event — particularly in Seattle — and you’ll see thousands of people wearing team jerseys that proudly advertise the names and numbers of favorite players. But among those thousands of fans, whose jerseys are you likely to see most often?

I asked the person who probably knows best. Jeff Scoma is president of JAS Sports and proprietor of the Seattle Team Shop, which sells jerseys, caps, and other sports merchandise across the street from Century Link Field (formerly Qwest Field) in Seattle. He was kind enough to run through his sales tallies for the last year and give us today’s WA-List. Based on his store sales, these are the player jerseys that sold best over the last 12 months. I’ve added an asterisk (*) to the athletes that are no longer with a local team — but that didn’t hurt sales in 2010-11.

We ran a poll on the WA-List Facebook page and the respondents correctly guessed the Seahawks’ 12th Man jersey at #1.  But the rest of the list had a few surprises. They picked Kasey Keller at #2; I guessed Ichiro. We were both wrong. What’s the biggest surprise to you? Do you have any of these jerseys yourself?


  1. Fan 12, the Seattle Seahawks 12th Man
  2. Jake Locker, University of Washington quarterback*
  3. Ichiro, Seattle Mariners right-fielder
  4. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks quarterback*
  5. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks safety
  6. Kasey Keller, Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper
  7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks running back
  8. Gary Payton, Seattle Sonics point gaurd*
  9. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners pitcher
  10. Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders forward

*Athlete is no longer with the team.

SOURCE: Jeff Scoma, Seattle Team Shop

PHOTOS courtesy Jeff Scoma.


One Response to “They’re On Your Back”

  1. Sean Says:

    I was going to vote for Zorn… 🙂