Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/9/13
Over the weekend, Patriots fans lined up for hours to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys at the Patriots Pro Shop. The team gave fans the opportunity to select a new jersey free of charge, but the most popular player in the swap may not be who you think. Vince Wilfork, not Tom Brady, was the most-requested jersey in the exchange program, according to TMZ. The gossip outlet reports that about 2,500 people showed up to exchange their Hernandez jersey. Don’t shed a tear for Brady too soon, though, as he came in a close second to Wilfork. Of those who came to put Hernandez in the rearview mirror, about 30 percent were children requesting youth-sized jerseys. Moreover, the Patriots actually lost about $250,000 in the exchange, averaging out to $100 per jersey. Replica jerseys sell for $100, and authentic jerseys sell for $250 in the Patriots Pro Shop online, so it’s unclear if the figure refers to actual operating losses, or just a loss of profit. TMZ jokes that Tim Tebow jerseys weren’t even among the Top 5 requested by fans. However, as The Atlantic Wire points out, Tebow jerseys weren’t available as part of the exchange program.
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