Journeyman defensive back Willie Germany was a 7th round selection (166th overall) of the Washington Redskins in the 1971 NFL Draft. He did not make the squad and signed with the Atlanta Falcons where he played 12 games in 1972. The following year, Germany suited up for 6 games with the Detroit Lions. In 1974, Germany patrolled the defensive backfield for the upstart World Football League's Philadelphia Bell. Germany spent the 1975 season with the Houston Oilers, playing in all 14 games of the season and intercepted the only 2 passes of his NFL career. Germany also recovered two fumbles that year, one of which he returned for a 48-yard touchdown. He would play one final season in 1976 with the New England Patriots. In four seasons in the NFL, Germany played in 42 regular season games. His stats with the Philadelphia Bell are not readily available.
This rare Sand-Aire mesh X Large size 46-48 jersey was used in the 1972 season. From photos, it appears the Falcons used two sets of jerseys that season - one with three-quarter length sleeves like this one and another set with short sleeves. This jersey exhibits limited evidence of game wear and remains in excellent condition. All numbers and stripes are screened on while the letters of the name are sewn onto a nameplate.