Sam Hubbard’s family orders record 164 custom jerseys from Bengals Pro Shop
WCPO’s Mike Dyer gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Cincinnati Bengals rookie Sam Hubbard is adjusting to life in the NFL, both on and off the field. These stories will chronicle the former Ohio State and Moeller star’s progress with playing on the field, interactions with teammates and coaches, and his new daily experience of life as an NFL player.
CINCINNATI – Sam Hubbard’s custom Bengals jerseys will soon outnumber the number of players on the training camp roster.
Hubbard, the Cincinnati Bengals rookie defensive end and former Ohio State and Moeller High School star, hasn’t played a single preseason game. Still, 164 personalized jerseys will be delivered to family and friends in two batches within the next week or two.
The Bengals have 91 players at training camp this month.
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“It’s unprecedented for us that a player’s family has come to order so many shirts at once,” said Monty Montague, merchandise manager for the Bengals Pro Shop. “So we were thrilled when they did, obviously. We’re producing them as we speak, and they should see them in the next few weeks.”
Sam’s sister Madison Hubbard helped coordinate orders this spring and summer from family and friends across the country. By the beginning of June, she had gathered around 150 names for the Orange and black jerseys n ° 94 in men’s, women’s and youth sizes.
“To be honest, I knew the order would be huge,” said Madison Hubbard. “Anyone who’s ever met Sam loves him.”
The order placed on July 16 sold out what the Pro Shop had in its inventory of personalized jerseys. There have already been requests for a second order.
“We have blank jerseys available for custom jerseys for any player and other names,” Montague said. “They went heavy and deep in some of our sizes that we had to order more from Nike and get them to our beautification business.”
Montague said the only custom jerseys comparison is that of Bengals punter Kevin Huber, a University of Cincinnati graduate and Archbishop McNicholas High School whose family has ordered jerseys in his last 10 seasons with the ‘team.
“But, the 164 at a time is unheard of,” Montague said of Hubbard.
The Hubbard family received a team discount; his entry-level Nike jersey costs $ 100. The family ordered the personalized jerseys in black and orange for the men, black and orange for the youth and orange for the women.
Sam Hubbard, a lifelong Bengals fan, did not wear a Bengals jersey in his youth. He had posters of Rudi Johnson, Chad Johnson and Rey Maualuga at the time. He got Rudi Johnson’s autograph at the Kenwood Towne Center, and he loved watching Chad Johnson every Sunday.
Knowing that 164 jerseys were ordered in his name was flattering, Hubbard said.
“I know Kevin Huber placed a huge order the day he first got here,” Hubbard told WCPO. “It’s really special. No pressure at all. It’s really cool.”
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Jim Hubbard, Sam’s father, told WCPO his family had season tickets at Paul Brown Stadium. They are also getting ready for hatchbacks this fall. The Hubbard family had a large number of people at hatchback parties in Columbus during Sam’s college career.
“They are really, really excited,” Sam Hubbard said. “Everyone is really excited to be a part of my support system and get out on Sunday and the tailgate, have a good time, enjoy the city and enjoy the hard work that we do. “
Montague said he hopes the Hubbard jersey will be added to the Pro Shop’s variety of regular selections soon, as will Andy Dalton, AJ Green and other stars.
“We certainly hope Sam gets the support of the fans to demand that the jersey be made,” Montague said. “But for now, we’re just taking a hands-off approach and seeing how fans react when he plays for us. And if we get enough demand, we’ll reach out to Nike and put it on sale.”