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The Top 10 Sports Jerseys of 2010

por Frieda Strempel (15-11-2018)

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat - His "decision" to break Cleveland's heart for the bright lights and fast times of South Beach left a bad taste in the mouths of many sports fans. But there's no denying the hype that it created with Miami's Big 3 of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James' No. 6 Miami jersey was the hottest thing around in 2010, and will continue to be one of the top-selling NBA jerseys - and in all of sports - for many years.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - Brees was in the center of one of the greatest sports stories in a decade, putting the Saints on his back and leading them to their first Super Bowl title. The undersized quarterback has had to fight off doubters his entire college and pro career, and winning the Super Bowl might have changed the conversation to where Brees ranks among all-time great quarterbacks. His popularity has skyrocketed since the Super Bowl victory, and his jersey is the No. 3 top-selling NFL jersey.

3. Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins - After a decade in Philadelphia, McNabb was shipped south to division rival Washington in a stunning move that was questioned by pretty much every NFL expert. Skins fans are now in the same situation that Vikings fans faced last season, rooting for a guy they booed and jeered for the last 10 years. McNabb instantly upgrades the quarterback position in Washington, and makes the Skins legitimate playoff contenders.

4. Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos - Maybe the best college football quarterback ever, Tebow seemingly has it all: the talent, the good looks, the humbleness, and the faith. The only thing he doesn't have is a starting job. Drafted No. 25 in the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow is the Broncos backup signal-caller behind Kyle Orton but still is one of the most popular players in the league. Shortly after the draft in April, Tebow became the top-selling NFL jersey.

5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder - Aside from LeBron and Kobe, no player in the NBA is as talented as Durant. At age 21, Durant became the youngest player in NBA history to win the scoring title, averaging 30.1 ppg last season. He only recently turned 22, and many around NBA circles predict that Durant will be the league MVP in 2010-11. He also has one of the coolest specialty jerseys around - pick up your own "Durantula" jersey here!

6. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers - Believe it or not, Bryant is entering his 15th NBA season, but at age 32 he is still one of the best players in the NBA. The five-time NBA champion led the Lakers to another title last season, and remains the most popular NBA player around the world. In fact, Bryant has had the top-selling NBA jersey for several years now. Look for Kobe to overcome injuries this season on his way to leading Los Angeles to a sixth NBA title and a "repeat threepeat."

7. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies - Halladay will almost surely be the 2010 National League Cy Young award winner, having just finished a season where he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA. "Doc" was the biggest offseason acquisition heading into the 2010 season, and he performed even better than anyone could have hoped. Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game in MLB history on May 29 and threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, mowing down Cincinnati, for the icing on the cake.

8. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins - The 23-year-old finished second in the NHL in scoring with 109 points last season (51 goals and 58 assists). After losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, the Penguins star became the youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup when Pittsburgh won it a year later. Look for Crosby to be the face of the league for the next decade.

9. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees - Mr. November was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 1992 amateur draft, and all these years later he just wrapped up his 16th season as a Yankee, where he has notched 2926 career hits and won five World Series. All this, and Jeter is still just 36 years old. Jeter has the top-selling MLB jersey and is one of the most popular players to ever don the Yankee pinstripes. He'll likely end up back in the Bronx next season, where he'll be on track to record hit No. 3000.

10. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals - The first overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Ovechkin has been a dominant force in the NHL for the last half of the decade. The left wing was named the league's MVP in 2009 and was named to the First All-Star Team for a fifth consecutive season. Ovechkin is one of the league's most popular players, and currently has the No. 2 top-selling NHL jersey.