Mike Levenseller was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round (164th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft. He split his rookie season between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills, playing 2 games for each team. He spent the following two years (1979-80) with the Cincinnati Bengals, suiting up for 20 contests. He caught his only 2 passes in the NFL in 1980 for 30 yards. In 1982 he came north and signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, catching 37 passes for 503 yards in helping them win their 5th consecutive Grey Cup championship. He spent the final two years of his career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1983-84. In his 3 years in the CFL, Levenseller caught 127 passes for 1,724 yards and 12 touchdowns in 33 games. He has coached in the CFL and NCAA after his playing days ended including a long stint at his alma mater Washington State.
This heavy mesh jersey comes with correct Sand-Knit tagging and was likely worn by Levenseller during the 1979 season with the Bengals. Sand-Knit updated their bottom size tag in 1980. The numbers on the front and back are screened on along with the sleeve stripes. The sleeve numbers, however, have been sewn on. The letters have been sewn on the nameplate, which is comprised of a solid material and not mesh. The sleeves have both been cut shorter but were not hemmed. The garment exhibits light-to-moderate wear with a few marks present and one repair on the collar.