Cliff Stoudt entered the NFL as a 5th round pick (121st overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1977 draft. Stoudt did not play a down in his first three seasons and played only sparingly over the next three as Terry Bradshaw's backup. He was thrust into the starting role for the Steelers in 1983 when Bradshaw had off-season elbow surgery and led the team to a 9-2 record to start the year. Bradshaw returned in week 15 but reinjured his elbow before the playoffs and fans turned on Stoudt as the team's fortunes waned in the final few weeks of the season.
Stoudt signed with Birmingham of the USFL prior to the 1984 season and joined former Steelers assistant and Stallions head coach Rollie Dotsch. He quickly became one of the league's top passers. He returned to Pittsburgh with the Stallions to play the Maulers in their inaugural home game in March 1984. Three Rivers Stadium was sold out as some fans threw snowballs and other objects at Stoudt, who would lead the Stallions to a 30-18 victory. In his two USFL seasons, Stoudt completed 478 of 810 passes (59%) for 6,479 yards with 60 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. After the league folded, Stoudt signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986 and followed the team to Phoenix in 1988. He would play one season in Miami in 1989 and finish his career with two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. In his NFL career, Stoudt completed 359 of 684 passes with 23 touchdowns and 43 interceptions.
Stoudt wore this Sand Knit mesh size 46 jersey for road games in 1988 with the Phoenix Cardinals. It has the year "88" written in marker on the lower hem tag, a common feature of game worn Cardinals jerseys during this era. In 1988, Stoudt completed 63 of 113 passes for 747 yards with 6 touchdowns and 8 interceptions for the Cardinals.