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 first round pick (12th overall) of the Baltimore Colts in the 1981 NFL Draft. McMillan joined a backfield that featured the Colts' first 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 the team's fortunes only marginally improved during McMillan's tenure that included a clandestine middle-of-the-night franchise relocation to Indianapolis. Dickey and McMillan split carries for the team from 1981 to 1984. McMillan was the team's leading rusher 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 six seasons with the Colts. Over that time, McMillan rushed the ball 990 times for 3,876 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was also an adept receiver, catching 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 mid-to-late 1970's from the tagging so this jersey likely was recycled for McMillan. The upper exclusivity tag Sand Knit used at the time is no longer attached and missing.