The league Thursday announced the list of the top-25 best-selling jerseys since Sept. 10. Hayne is fifth behind Tom Brady, Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rob Gronkowski. Hayne's the top-ranked running back and 49er on the list, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick coming in 11th.
On his first punt return in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Hayne fumbled, before later getting spelled by Ellington after Hayne's role on offense was expanded because of the injury to back-up running back Reggie Bush. Through two games, Hayne has just two returns totalling seven yards.
The former Parramatta Eels' fullback signed with the 49ers in the spring and was viewed as a long shot to make the team's final 53-man roster. But he turned heads in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans, when he notched a 53-yard run, a 33-yard kick return and two impressive punt returns totalling 24 yards.
The next week against the Dallas Cowboys, Hayne continued to shine, returning three punts for 84 yards. And in the exhibition finale against the Chargers, he ran over defensive back Lowell Rose, which has since been a hit on YouTube.
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