Matt Miller was drafted in the 4th round (95th overall) by the Cleveland Browns in the 1979 NFL Draft. He would appear in all 16 games in his rookie season but would spend the entire 1980 season on injured reserve with a knee injury. Miller would return and play in all of the Browns games in 1981 and 9 contests in 1982. The Browns released Miller at the end of training camp in 1983 and he would sign with the USFL's Denver Gold two months later. Miller battled knee injuries in 1984, but still played 11 games at right tackle for the Gold and wore this jersey for home games. Miller's final season was with the Gold in 1985. Miller went on to become a professor at Cornell University after his playing days. This jersey features a crotch strap and customized sleeves. The team's 1984 jerseys often show customization, something that was not evident in their 1985 jerseys. The sleeves of this jersey have been altered to make them more narrow. The nameplate has been removed, which somewhat common among Gold jerseys, with what appears to be glue residue in the area it once resided. I corresponded by email with Miller and he informed me that the team would sometimes give players their nameplates at the end of the season.
Neil Hope - Linebacker (Southern California)
The Los Angeles Express made USC linebacker Neil Hope one of their 25 territorial draft selections on January 3, 1985. He inked a deal with the team on January 28. His time with the Express was short lived as they dealt him to the Denver Gold on February 9th for a second round pick in the 1986 USFL Draft. Hope was credited with one quarterback sack for the Gold in 1985. He would resurface with the Los Angeles Rams as a replacement player for three games during the NFL player strike in 1987, starting one contest.
Stan Blinka - Linebacker (Sam Houston State)
Stan Blinka was selected in the 5th round (125th overall) by the New York Jets in the 1979 NFL Draft. Blinka would spend 5 seasons with the Jets, playing in 72 games and starting 58. Blinka was traded by the Jets to the Denver Broncos for a 6th round draft pick in the 1985 draft but was released by the Broncos at the end of 1984 training camp. Blinka's USFL rights were originally held by the Houston Gamblers, who traded those rights to the New Jersey Generals for draft choices in October 1984. Blinka signed with the Generals but was moved to the Gold shortly before the 1985 season where he wore this Medalist Sand-Knit top for road games. Blinka intercepted 2 passes for the Gold in 1985. There is no nameplate on this jersey and Blinka's name is screened directly on the back. I spoke to the equipment manager of the Gold who told me they would occasionally do this when there was not enough time to produce a nameplate before the next game. This jersey features one team repair.