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) in 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 for 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 screen 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.