An All-American at Harford junior college, Randy McMillan transferred to the University of Pittsburgh where he played for two years. The Maryland native began his pro career as a 1st round pick (12th overall) of the Baltimore Colts in the 1981 NFL Draft. He joined a backfield that featured the Colts 1st round pick (5th overall) from 1980, Curtis Dickey. McMillan started off with a bang, rushing for 146 yards in his first game but the Colts were in turmoil, culminating in a public feud between owner Robert Irsay and quarterback Bert Jones. The team failed to win a game in the strike-shortened 1982 season and their fortunes only marginally improved during McMillan's tenure that included a clandestine middle-of-the-night relocation to Indianapolis. Dickey and McMillan split carries for the team from 1981 to 1984. McMillan led the Colts in rushing in four of his six seasons with the club. His career came to an end after he was struck by a car as a pedestrian in 1987, breaking his leg in two places. The durable back missed only one game in his career. McMillan rushed the ball 990 times in the NFL for 3,876 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also caught 164 passes for 1,356 yards and 2 scores.
This heavy mesh Sand-Knit jersey features some excellent evidence of game wear. There several team repairs, including some major work on an area on the right shoulder stripes. The garment has hit marks, paint transfer and a couple of small, unrepaired holes. The jersey's origin dates to the second half of the 1970's from the tagging so this jersey likely was recycled for McMillan. The upper exclusivity Sand Knit tag that was once attached to the lower front is missing and has been lost to time.