Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

British Columbia Lions

Ray Nettles - Linebacker (Tennessee)

Ray Nettles was drafted by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (155th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft but opted to come north to sign with the British Columbia Lions in part due to the presence of All-Pro Nick Buoniconti at his position in Miami. He was an instant success on the field as he was named the CFL's Outstanding Rookie in 1972. Nettles topped that the followingThe  year by winning the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman. Nettles spent five seasons with the Lions before being traded to the Toronto Argonauts in 1977, where he was named the team's Most Outstanding Player. In 1978, he was traded again,  this time by the Argos to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After one year in Hamilton, Nettles finished an excellent career with single seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1979 and the Calgary Stampeders in 1980. He was an All-Canadian three times in his career  and inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Nettles wore this Russell jersey during the 1975 season. It represents a one-year style for the Lions. The team wore  similar jerseys but with some or all numbers (front, back, shoulders or sleeves) in black from 1972 to 1974 and in 1976 and 1977. It features several impact marks and team repairs along with some cracking on the numbers and stripes. The name has been screened directly on the back of the jersey, a somewhat common practice during that era.

Tyron Gray - Wide Receiver (Washington State)

Tyron Gray played both wide receiver and defensive back at Washington State. He joined the BC Lions in 1979 and played four seasons there and initianlly played on both sides of the ball, catching 22 passes in 1979 and intercepting 2 passes on defense. In the 1980 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Gray in the 12th round (309th overall). Eventually, he focused solely on the offensive side of the ball where he was known for his speed and sure hands.  He was a Western All-Star (the only year he played a full 16 games) in 1981 by putting up huge numbers with 63 catches for 1,428 yards and a lofty average of 22.7 yards per reception and 9 touchdowns. In 1983, he headed east to play for the Ottawa Rough Riders and stayed there for a season and a half before closing out his career with two games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders late in the 1984 season. For his six-year career, Gray played in 59 games and caught 176 passes for 3,594 yards (20.4 yard average) and 24 touchdowns.

James "Quick" Parker - Defensive End (Wake Forest)

James “Quick” Parker signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1980 but was released in camp before being brought back mid-season. Parker made a name for himself by recording 18.5 sacks in 1981, 17.5 in 1982 and 15 in 1983. After 1983, the Eskimos foolishly traded Parker to the BC Lions for a territorial exemption in the 1984 CFL Draft, Laurent Deslauriers and the 1984 1st overall pick (Frank Balkovec). Parker responded with 26.5 sacks in 1984, a mark that still stands as a CFL record. Parker remained a force off the edge with 12 sacks in 1985 and 22 in 1986. Parker only played 1 game in 1987 due to injury and spent two more seasons in BC, collecting 21 sacks over 1988-89. In 1990, Parker was dealt to the Toronto Argonauts with a 5th round pick and future considerations for QB Major Harris. Parker spent one season in Toronto notching another 6 sacks bringing his career total to 139.5. Parker was a CFL All-Star 5 times and a two-time Schenley Defensive Player of the Year (1984, 1986). He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001 and wore this jersey for road games sometime between 1987 and 1989.

Steve Rodehutskors - Offensive Tackle (Calgary)      

Steve Rodehutskors was part of a fabulous University of Calgary Dinosaurs team that won back-to-back Vanier Cups in 1985 and 1986. He was selected in the 3rd round (22nd overall) by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1987 CFL Draft. Rodehutskors played every game in his five seasons in Winnipeg and was part of two Grey Cup Champion teams (1988 and 1990). Rodehutskors became a free agent after the 1991 season and signed with the British Columbia Lions in 1992. This jersey was worn by Rodehutskors for home games during the 1992 season (the Lions would change uniform styles in 1993). He was traded by the Lions early in the 1993 season to the Toronto Argonauts for a 1st round pick in the 1994 CFL Draft. Rodehutskors finished the 1993 season with the Argos but was released by the club prior to the 1994 season. The Saskatchewan Roughriders picked up Rodehutskors but also released him before the 1994 campaign got underway. He became a veterinarian after his playing days ended. Sadly, Rodehutskors passed away in October 2007 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

OJ Brigance - Linebacker, Defensive End (Rice)    was thrilled to find OJ Brigance's BC Lions 1993 road jersey for sale and quickly struck a deal to add it to our collection. Brigance is a favourite of this website for succeeding against the odds and the positive attitude he has maintained in the face of some tough circumstances. Brigance signed with the BC Lions in 1991 as a free agent and was a CFL All-Star in his first season and again an All-Star in 1993 with 20 sacks. In 1994, Brigance would join the expansion club in Baltimore and was awarded the Tom Pate Memorial Award for sportsmanship while there. Brigance notched 6 sacks in 1994 as he helped the expansion team to the Grey Cup. In 1995, he recorded 7 sacks in another All-Star season capped off by a Grey Cup win over Calgary. 

After the 1995 season, Brigance signed with Miami of the NFL and spent four seasons with the Dolphins as a backup linebacker and valuable special teams player. Brigance won the NFL's Ed Block Courage Award in 1999. In 2000, Brigance would be back in Baltimore, signing with a Ravens team that would go on to win the Super Bowl. It made Brigance the only player ever to win both a Grey Cup and Super Bowl playing for teams in the same city. Brigance would move on to the St. Louis Rams and spend the 2001 and most of the 2002 season there. He would finish his playing career with a single game with the New England Patriots in 2002. 

The person I bought this jersey from purchased it directly from the Lions in 1994 and had Brigance sign it when he returned as a visiting player with Baltimore. After his playing days, he joined the front office of the Baltimore Ravens as Director of Player Development. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 and created the Brigance Brigade to help fund research.

Javier Glatt - Linebacker (British Columbia)               

Javier Glatt had a decorated university career. He was a three-time CIS All-Canadian linebacker for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the Canadian West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. He was selected by the BC Lions in the 2nd round (15th overall) in the 2003 CFL Draft. Glatt would spend the first three years of his career as a backup but moved into a starting role as a middle linebacker in 2006 and helped the Lions win the Grey Cup that season. Glatt earned CFL West All-Star honours in 2008 by finishing fourth in defensive tackles with 88 to go along with 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Glatt remained in the starting lineup until midway through the 2009 season when the Lions signed former Calgary Stampeder JoJuan Armour as a free agent. He signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, where he played his final season before retiring on March 8, 2011. Overall, Glatt played in 143 regular season CFL games totaling 444 tackles, 14 quarterback sacks, and 11 interceptions. Glatt wore this throwback jersey in 2003 while the Lions were celebrating their 50th anniversary season. It was the first time the Lions had worn orange as a primary colour since 1989.

Cameron Legault - Defensive Tackle (Carleton)

Cameron Legault was selected in the second round of the 1999 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders.  He only spent his rookie season in Calgary, playing mostly on special teams. In 2000, he joined the BC Lions, where he would stay for five seasons and became a key non-import for the club. In 2001, Legault would have his best statistical season when he recorded seven quarterback sacks and 46 defensive tackles. In 2005, Legault returned to his hometown of Ottawa to play for the Renegades in what would be their final season of operations. Legault finished his 8-year career as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2006.  In his career, Legault played in 127 regular season games, registered 20 sacks and won a Grey Cup with the Lions in 2000.

This spectacular Puma jersey was worn by Legault in 2003 and is the alternate orange throwback home jersey. It has the correct tagging, including the 50th Anniversary Lions crest over the left breast.  It is a size 42 with an extra six inches in length. The numbers are sewn on to the jersey with the name screen printed to a sewn on plate. The jersey shows moderate game wear consistent with the number of games the alternate jersey was used, which I believe was two in 2003. There is a hole in the CFL crest on the neck, white impact marks on the front and back numbers and several impact marks on the shoulders. There are six holes of various sizes on the right shoulder and one team repair – which leads me to believe that this jersey was used in more than one game. This jersey was originates from Fairmore Sports, who obtained it at the BC Lion annual locker room sale after the 2003 season.

Chris Ball - Linebacker (California)

This Puma jersey has some interesting history. It is tagged as a 2003 size 42 and was worn by Willie Hurst in 2003. However, the nameplate has been removed and replaced with one that says “Ball”. Also, the 50th anniversary of the Lions crest over the left breast has been removed. The outside Puma neck and shoulder tags have Reebok tags sewn over them. As the league changed from Puma to Reebok for jerseys in 2004, it is likely the jersey was recycled for the 2004 pre-season. Chris Ball had played one game for the Lions in 2003 and it is possible he came to camp the following year and was issued this jersey. The numbers are sewn on to the jersey with the name screen printed to a sewn on plate. It displays light game wear consisting of some impact marks and fabric piling in the collar. This jersey was obtained from Ebay in 2017.

Willie Hurst played two seasons with BC. In 2002, he rushed for 288 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries in six games. The following season, he ran for 43 yards on 9 rushes in three contests.  

Chris Ball started his pro career with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in 2003 where he appeared in nine games and started four. From there, he signed with the Lions and appeared in one game. In 2005, Ball played seven games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was credited with ten tackles.

Paul McCallum - Kicker / Punter (Surrey Juniors)

After playing in the Canadian Junior Football League with the Surrey Rams, Paul McCallum went to Scotland to play professional soccer in the Scottish Third Division. He returned to Canada and signed a deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1993 but could not beat out incumbent Paul Osbaldiston. The BC Lions signed McCallum in September that year for one game. The following month, he signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders for three games before being released. He returned to BC in the offseason and played five games with the Lions in 1994 before again being released. 

McCallum found a home with the Saskatchewan Roughriders when he signed there in October 1994.  McCallum would spend the next 11 full seasons with the Roughriders. In addition to playing for the green Riders, McCallum also returned to Scotland in 1996 to kick for the World League's Scottish Claymores, helping them to that year's World Bowl title. He was also the kicker for the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws and has the distinction of scoring the first points in XFL history. As a Rider, McCallum kicked a CFL record 62-yard field goal in 2001. One incident did mar his time in Regina. A missed short field goal in the 2004 playoffs brought national headlines as a few hooligan fans left him death threats, egged his home and even mistakenly dumped manure on his neighbour's lawn. After refusing a pay cut following the 2006 season, McCallum was released by the Riders and he signed with the BC Lions. McCallum's third stint with the Lions lasted nine seasons. Among the highlights were setting a new standard of successfully kicking 30 consecutive field goals in 2011 (since broken by Calgary's Rene Parades). Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the Lions released McCallum. He returned to Regina in 2015 and spent most of the season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  The Riders released him in the offseason and McCallum was signed by the BC Lions late in the 2016 season for a fourth tour with the BC Lions. McCallum is a six-time CFL West Division All-Star and a two-time CFL All-Star, won the CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Award in 2011 and was named the 2006 Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian.

This beautiful Reebok jersey was worn by McCallum in the 2010 retro games that were played in August against Calgary and Saskatchewan. It has the correct patches, including the retro neck patch and RONA and Scotiabank patches on the right and left breast respectively. It is tagged as a size 46 and has been custom shortened so there is no hem tag present. You can see McCallum wearing shortened jerseys throughout the latter years of his career. The numbers are sewn on to the jersey with the name sewn to a plate. McCallum kicked 5 field goals while wearing this jersey and the jersey shows light game wear consistent with a two-game kicker jersey. There is some piling on the spandex sides and some green paint transfer on the back left bottom of the jersey. The jersey is autographed by McCallum in silver sharpie on the back #4. This jersey was obtained from the eBay in 2016.

Manny Arceneaux - Wide Receiver (Alcorn State)

Manny Arceneaux signed with the BC Lions in May of 2009 and became an immediate starter. He caught 63 passes for 858 yards in 2009 and 67 balls for 1,114 yards in 2010.  His strong play earned him a contract from the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. He made the team and caught one pass for 10 yards in three games for the Vikings. Arceneaux was released by the Vikings at the end of training camp in 2012 and was signed by Washington to their practice squad. In early 2013, Arceneaux signed with the New York Jets but was released prior to camp and headed back to Vancouver and has put up better statistics in each year since his return. He caught 51 passes for 885 yards in 2013, 62 for 905 in 2014, 76 for 1,151 in 2015, 105 for 1,566 in 2016 and 100 for 1,137 in 2017. So far in an impressive CFL career, Arceneaux has hauled in 524 passes for 7,616 yards and 54 touchdowns.

This jersey was worn by Arceneaux in 2016 for some of the team's home games. Arceneaux likely wore at least one additional jersey for home games in the season. It marked the first season of a newly redesigned uniform for the Lions by Adidas.  It has some paint transfer and hit marks on it. This jersey was purchased directly from the Lions, special thanks to Kato for his help in the purchase and being willing to ship this one to me.