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 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 Outstanding Rookie in 1972. Nettles topped that the following year by winning the Schenley Award as 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. In 130 regular season games, Nettles was credited by league statisticians with 7 interceptions and 13 fumble recoveries. He was an All-Canadian three times and inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Nettles wore this Russell Athletic size XL mesh 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 signed with the BC Lions in 1979 and played four seasons in Vancouver. Gray initially played on both sides of the ball, catching 22 passes on offense and intercepting 2 passes on defense in his rookie season. 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 in 1981 (the only year he played a full 16 games) by putting up huge numbers with 63 catches for 1,428 yards for a lofty average of 22.7 yards per reception and 9 TDs. 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. In his six-year career, Gray played in 59 games and caught 176 passes for 3,594 yards (20.4 yard average) and 24 scores.

Gray wore this Russell Athletic size XL mesh jersey sometime between 1979 and 1982. This tagging style was used by Russell from around 1978 to 1983. The jersey features some moderate hit mark wear on the shoulders. The nameplate is made of a knit fabric that does not match the mesh, which is consistent with other Lions jerseys we have seen in the hobby from this set.

Unidentified Player

This Russell Athletic size 52 dates to sometime between 1978-83. The Lions debuted this jersey style in 1978. It exhibits solid game wear with plenty of impact marks, particularly on the right shoulder. There are two team repairs present along with some cracking to the screened on numbers on the front and shoulders and particularly to the sleeve stripes. The numbers on the back of the jersey remain in good shape. I am unsure who donned this garment in games for the Lions but players who wore #79 during this time were defensive end Elton Brown (1978), tight end Tennie Pierce (1979), defensive end Tyrone Keys (1981-82) and defensive tackle Reuben Vaughn (1983).

James "Quick" Parker - DE (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 the 1983 season, 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 1990 and one game in 1991 with Toronto notching another 6 sacks bringing his career total to 139.5 in 161 games. Parker was a CFL All-Star five 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 Champion mesh 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. 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. Rodehutskors appeared in 120 regular season games over 7 seasons. He became a veterinarian after his playing days ended. Sadly, Rodehutskors passed away in October 2007 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

This Russell Athletic size 52 jersey was worn by Rodehutskors for home games during the 1992 season. It features the Canada 125 patch that all teams wore during that campaign. The Lions would change their jersey style in 1993.

OJ Brigance - Linebacker, Defensive End (Rice)         

OJ Brigance is a favourite of this website for succeeding against the odds and the positive attitude he has maintained amid some tough circumstances. Brigance signed with the BC Lions in 1991 as a free agent and was a CFL All-Star as a rookie and again in 1993. In 1994, he joined 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. Brigance never missed a game in five CFL seasons, playing in 90 regular season contests and collecting 35 sacks. 

After the 1995 season, Brigance signed with Miami of the NFL and spent four years with the Dolphins as a reserve linebacker and valuable special teams contributor. Brigance won the 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. Brigance played in 98 regular season NFL games in seven seasons.

Brigance wore this Starter size 48 long jersey for road games in 1993. It was a monster season for OJ as he collected 20 quarterback sacks. It features sizable game wear with 7 team repairs and some heavy impact marks. There is some cracking to the screened on numbers, particularly on the back. 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, OJ 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) of 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. Glatt signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, where he played his final season in 2010 before retiring on March 8, 2011. Overall, Glatt played in 143 regular season CFL games and amassed 444 tackles, 14 quarterback sacks, and 11 interceptions.

Glatt wore this Puma throwback jersey in 2003 while the Lions were celebrating their 50th anniversary season. It marked the first time the Lions had worn orange as a primary colour since 1989. The jersey shows decent game wear for a garment that was not often used. There are several hit marks present, light pilling on a small area of the neck and a nice v-shaped repair on the left shoulder.

Cameron Legault - Defensive Tackle (Carleton)

Cameron Legault was selected in the 2nd round (16th overall) 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 become a key non-import. In 2001, Legault would have his best statistical season when he recorded 7 sacks and 46 tackles. In 2005, Legault returned to his hometown of Ottawa to play for the Renegades in what would be their final season. Legault finished his 8-year career as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2006. In his career, Legault had 20 sacks in 127 regular season games 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, impact marks on the front, back numbers and shoulders. There are six holes of various sizes on the right shoulder and one team repair. This jersey was obtained from Fairmore Sports, who obtained it from the BC Lions 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 crest on the left chest 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 appears he came to camp the following year and wore 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 and was returned to Willie Hurst in 2019.

Willie Hurst played two seasons with BC. In 2002, he rushed for 288 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries in 6 games. The following season, he ran for 43 yards on 9 rushes in 3 contests.  

Chris Ball started his pro career with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in 2003 where he appeared in 9 games. From there, he signed with the Lions and appeared in one game. In 2005, Ball played 7 games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was credited with 10 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 pro soccer in the Scottish Third Division. He returned home and signed a deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1993 but could not beat out incumbent Paul Osbaldiston. McCallum was briefly used as a temporary fill-in by the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1993 for Terry Baker, the BC Lions for Lui Passaglia in both 1993 and 1994 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1995 and 1996 for Dave Ridgway and Frank Jagas. He returned to Scotland in 1996 to kick for the World League's Scottish Claymores and helped them to a World Bowl title. McCallum won the Roughrider kicking job in 1997 and was a fixture there until the end of the 2005 season. He also kicked for the XFL Las Vegas Outlaws in the 2000 CFL offseason and has the distinction of scoring the first points in league 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 2005 season, the Riders released him and he returned to BC. His third stint with the Lions lasted nine seasons. He set a new standard by kicking 30 consecutive field goals in 2011 (since broken). The Lions released McCallum and he returned to Regina in 2015. The Riders cut him after the season and he was signed by BC late in the 2016 season for a fourth tour with the club. He was a six-time division All-Star, won the CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Award in 2011.

This beautiful Reebok jersey was worn by McCallum in the 2010 throwback games that were played in August against Calgary and Saskatchewan. It has the correct retro CFL and corporate sponsor patches. The tagged 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. McCallum kicked 5 field goals while wearing this and it 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. McCallum autographed the back in silver Sharpie. This jersey was obtained from the eBay in 2016.

Ricky Schmitt - Kicker/Punter (Shepherd)

Ricky Schmitt emerged from the strong NCAA Division II Shepherd University program in West Virginia to spend time with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers. He played in one NFL regular season game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2009 as a fill-in for Joe Nedney and hit 2 of 3 field goal attempts. In 2013 he played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL as a punter where he had a 45.0 yard average on 136 punts in 18 games. He spent 2014 with the BC Lions, posting a 44.5 yard average on 139 punts. Schmitt was with the Montreal Alouettes during their 2015 training camp.

Schmitt wore this Reebok size 44 alternate jersey with the Lions in 2014. It sports the Coast Capital Savings and NAPA sponsorship patches. The Lions wore this style for a few games in 2013 and 2014 seasons. The 2013 set had the Lions 60th Anniversary commemorative patch. It is a very sharp look and a shame they did not keep this style for a longer period of time. All identifiers are sewn onto the jersey. The bottom Reebok tags have been removed as the jersey was shortened and hemmed for Schmitt. It exhibits very light game wear but suitable for a punter. I purchased this jersey directly from longtime BC Lions equipment manager Kato.

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 3 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. He put up massive numbers with 105 catches for 1,566 yards in 2016 and 100 for 1,137 in 2017. In 2019, the "Manny Show" signed as a free agent with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. So far in an impressive CFL career, Arceneaux has hauled in 578 passes for 8,418 yards and 57 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 during 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 and shipping it to me.