Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Cleveland Browns

Dick Ambrose - Linebacker (Virginia)

Dick Ambrose was a 12th round selection (290th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 1975 NFL Draft. He became a starter in his rookie season due to an injury to the incumbent and never relinquished the job. He earned the nickname Bam Bam for his physical style of play. Ambrose led the team in tackles for five consecutive seasons and was the team's most valuable defensive player in 1977. An injury prior to the season in 1984 placed him on injured reserve and effectively ended a fine career. Overall, Ambrose played in 116 regular season games where he compiled 9 fumble recoveries and 5 interceptions over 9 seasons with the Browns. The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper ranked Ambrose as the 94th best player in Browns history in 2012. After his playing days, Ambrose became a lawyer and eventually a judge.

Ambrose wore this size 46 Russell Southern mesh jersey early in his career. The tagging predates his rookie season of 1975 as Russell Southern became Russell Athletic around 1973. Therefore, this jersey was either recycled for Ambrose or was an unused jersey from an earlier team set. The Browns made a change to the font of the 5's on their jerseys in 1975 where the downward piece on the top of the block-style number was eliminated. This helps corroborate that this piece originated from an earlier team set. It shows solid game wear with several impact marks and areas of staining. There are also 7 team repairs scattered across the garment. Numbers, name and stripes are all screened on.

Sam Clancy - Defensive End / Tackle (Pittsburgh)

Sam Clancy was one of the rare pro football players that never played the game at the college level. Instead, he played basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and was on the gold medal winning US team at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan. Clancy was a 3rd round draft pick of the NBA's Phoenix Suns but failed to make the squad. He then spent one season playing for the Billings Volcanos of the Continental Basketball Association in 1981-82 where he averaged 11.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Clancy was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 11th round (284th overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft. He did not play for the Seahawks until 1983 when he appeared in 13 games. In 1984, Clancy was back in his hometown after signing with the expansion Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL. Clancy was one of the few bright spots for the 3-15 Maulers, leading the team with an impressive 16 quarterback sacks. After the Maulers folded, Clancy spent the 1985 season with the Memphis Showboats where he posted 4 sacks. Shortly after the end of the 1985 USFL season, the Seahawks traded Clancy's NFL rights to the Cleveland Browns for a 7th round pick (Paul Miles) where one of those NFL clubs likely paid the Showboats to release him from the remainder of his contract. He signed with the Browns and spent four seasons there collecting 14 sacks in 59 games. Clancy signed with the Colts in 1989 and would spend the last five years of his career in Indianapolis, playing in all 80 games over that time period and recording 16 additional sacks. Clancy played in 152 regular season NFL games over 10 seasons and recorded 30 QB sacks.

I am not sure of the exact year between 1985 and 1988 that this Sand-Knit size 48 durene jersey was used on the field but it sports 23 team repairs by my count and some dirt stains that were not entirely washed out. The name and numbers are sewn on. The sleeves have been shortened and hemmed. The sleeves and sides have holes that can be used to produce a tighter fit. Just a fantastic relic from the era. It was acquired from long-time jersey seller Murf Denny.