5 FUN FACTS ABOUT JERSEYS
- The actual jerseys are cows
While the term 'jersey' is derived from the island that originated the knitting technique, the island is named after a British breed of small dairy cattle known as Jersey, which has been pure-bred since the 1500s.
- Jersey numbers are linked to positions
The jersey number of a soccer player is usually linked to his or her position on the field.
- The earliest player numbers were hand-stitched
Player numbers were sewn on by hand in the early 1900s.
- The Olympics had an impact
Even though competitive sports have always existed, the reintroduction of the Olympics in 1896 sparked interest in utilitarian clothing, leading to the invention of jerseys.
- Dak Prescott's jersey is the most popular
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has the best-selling jersey, according to prominent sporting goods company Dick's Sporting Goods, edging out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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