Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Cincinnati Bengals

Mike Levenseller - WR (Washington State) 

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.

Bruce Reimers - Guard (Iowa State)

Originally a defensive lineman at Iowa State, Bruce Reimers was moved to the offensive line in his sophomore season. Reimers began his professional career after being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 8th round (204th overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft. His late selection was likely caused by a lengthy medical dossier from his years at Iowa State, which included two knee surgeries. Reimers started his career as a reserve but worked his way into the starting lineup at left guard in his third season. He was with the team when they represented the AFC in a rare exciting Super Bowl for that era in 1989. He spent eight seasons with the Bengals, suiting up for 108 regular season contests with the club. After the 1991 season, Reimers followed his Bengals head coach, Sam Wyche, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a Plan B free agent. Reports indicate he turned down a more lucrative offer from the Los Angeles Raiders after he gave his verbal commitment to sign with the Bucs. He spent the final two seasons of his 10-year career in Tampa. Overall, Reimers played in 135 regular season games and started 90. He was inducted in the Iowa State Cyclones Hall of Fame in 2009.

This Champion size XL jersey was acquired from the Gridiron Exchange and likely dates to the 1987 season based on the tagging and fabric. All identifiers are screened on and the jersey comes complete with an intact crotch strap. We start to see the shift toward shorter sleeves at this time, a trend that would gradually intensify.