Jeff Komlo was drafted in the 9th round (231st overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 1979 NFL Draft. He was thrust into an unexpected starting role as a rookie when Gary Danielson suffered a knee injury in preseason and top backup Joe Reed went down in the season opener. That year he completed 183 of 368 pass attempts for 2,603 yards with 11 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Komlo played two more seasons with the Lions in a reserve role behind Danielson and later Eric Hipple. He spent time with the Atlanta Falcons organization in 1982 but did not appear in a game. His final season came in 1983 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throwing 8 passes behind Doug Williams and his former teammate with the 1979 Lions, Jerry Golsteyn. In his career, Komlo completed 218 of 437 passes for 2,603 yards with 12 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in 25 games (16 starts).
Komlo gained a degree of notoriety after his playing career for being featured on TV's America's Most Wanted in 2005. In 2004, reports indicate that he pushed his girlfriend out of a car while drunk. He subsequently crashed the vehicle only to return home and drive a second vehicle, which he also wrecked. He fled the United States to Greece and was not present when convicted on two impaired driving charges. He was also facing additional charges of cocaine possession, assualt and police wanted to question him on two possible arson incidents at his homes in West Palm Beach and Pennsylvania. Komlo was killed in 2009 in Greece in a car accident.
This Medalist Sand-Knit size 46 heavy mesh jersey was worn by Komlo in either 1980 or 1981, the only two seasons that the Lions wore uniforms with silver numbers and a white outline. The team moved to white numbers with silver trim in 1982. The jersey shows little game wear making it more likely that this jersey was from the 1980 set when Komlo had just 4 pass attempts during the season as a backup to Gary Danielson. All numbers and stripes are screened on. There is some cracking on the back of the jersey, particularly on the number 9.