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 features several team repairs and some mud stains that were not entirely washed out. The name and numbers are sewn onto the garment. The jersey was acquired from long-time jersey seller Murf Denny.