Game Worn Football Jersey 

A game worn / game used football collection from the CFL, USFL, WFL, XFL, WLAF, NCAA, NFL, and Arena football leagues.

Atlanta Falcons

Willie Germany - Defensive Back (Morgan State)

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.

Frank Reed - Safety (Washington)

Frank Reed was drafted in the 8th round (219th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1976 NFL Draft. He became a starter immediately and picked off 3 passes as a rookie. In 1977 he was part of the Falcons Grits Blitz, one of the all-time great defenses in NFL history. New defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville installed a swarming, blitz-heavy system that instantly paid dividends. The Grits Blitz allowed a NFL record 129 points (it was still a 14-game season) during 1977 with virtually the same personnel that yielded 312 points in the previous season. The 9.2 average points allowed per game was a mark even the 1985 Chicago Bears could not match. Still the team only managed a 7-7 record due to a weak offense that scored an average of less than 13 points per game. Reed would spend 5 seasons with the Falcons and wrappred up his career with 6 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, and a safety in 71 games. Before the 1980 season, the Falcons dealt Reed to the Green Bay Packers along with linebacker Dewey McClain in exchange for safety Steve Luke and a draft pick. Reed never suited up for the Packers in the regular season. Reed would resurface in 1983 with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL in their inaugural campaign. He played in 15 games and intercepted 3 passes in what was his final pro season. Frank is a brother to one of the all-time greats in CFL history, running back George Reed.

This Russell Athletic size 48 jersey features some scuffing and one team repair on the left shoulder. All identifers are screened onto the garment. It has a "78" year tag sewn on the lower left front hemline. Reed appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons in 1978 and was credited with an interception and 5 forced fumbles. This jersey was sold to Frank Reed's son in 2019 who plans to keep it in the family.