Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Edmonton Eskimos

Carling O'Keefe Presents the 1983 Edmonton Eskimos

Gerald Kunyk - Punter (Alberta)

A quarterback with the University of Alberta Golden Bears who was part of a Vanier Cup title team in 1972, Gerald Kunyk was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats first round pick (3rd overall) in the 1975 CFL Draft. He never played for the Tabbies, starting his pro career with the Calgary Stampeders later that year. Kunyk did not play in the league in 1976 but returned to the field in 1977 with the Edmonton Eskimos where he spent six games. He finished that season with seven games for the Ottawa Rough Riders. He remained in Ottawa for the 1978 season and finished his career with a single game for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1980. Over his career, Kunyk played in 46 games and had a 42.4 yard average on his 305 career punts.

This Russell size 46 knit jersey features a North Star Sporting Goods distributor tag.  North Star supplied the Eskimos with game jerseys for several seasons in the 1970's and perhaps earlier. The jersey also has the XI Commonwealth Games '78 patch the team wore in 1977 to promote the event that was taking place in the city the following August. The garment displays lighter wear but does have a repair on the shoulder just above the Commonwealth patch. The Eskimos often recycled their knit jerseys for several seasons during this period and it is possible the jersey may have been worn by defensive back Dick Dupuis in the waning days of his lengthy career before being assigned to Kunyk.

Neil Lumsden - Fullback (Ottawa)

Neil Lumsden entered the CFL as a territorial selection of the Toronto Argonauts in the 1976 CFL Draft after a stellar college career as both a running back and kicker with the Ottawa Gee Gees. He set records for most points in CIS history (410) and points scored in a season (148 in 1975). He was an OUAA All-Star as a running back, punter and kicker in 1975.  He was also named Vanier Cup MVP as the Gee Gees capped an undefeated season in 1975. Lumsden was the CFL's East Division nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie with the Argos after he saw his workload increased when starting tailback Anthony Davis was injured. The Argonauts traded him for non-import punter Ken Clark early in the 1978 season to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where Lumsden would remain until being dealt to the Edmonton Eskimos before the 1980 season. Lumsden spent the final six seasons of his career with the Eskimos, winning Grey Cup titles in each of his first three seasons there. In his 10-year career, he scored 51 touchdowns while carrying the ball 817 times for 3,755 yards and adding 180 catches for 1,729 yards. He was awarded the Dick Suderman Award as the Most Outstanding Canadian in the 1981 Grey Cup game.

After retiring, Lumsden worked as a colour commentator on the Canadian Football Network in the late 1980's. In the 1990's he ran the business operations for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he grew the season ticket base from a reported 3,100 to 12,000. He resigned from the team in 2000 to pursue another business opportunity after winning a Grey Cup as the team's General Manager in 1999. Lumsden was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

This knit white away jersey appears to be a size XL and was worn by Lumsden in 1984. The Eskimos had two sets of jerseys in the 80’s – summer mesh ones and heavy knit ones like this example to use when the tundra froze. The numbers are screen printed on and there is spandex in the underarms and down each side of the jersey. Lumsden’s name is screen printed onto a knit nameplate and the jersey has been custom shortened which would have removed any hemline tag. The jersey has light game wear with impact marks on the front and back of the numbers and a two-inch long unrepaired tear at the V-neck. This jersey was obtained from Classic Auctions in 2009.

Milson Jones - Fullback (North Dakota)

Milson Jones was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Territorial Exemption in the 1982 CFL Draft. He spent just a little over one season in Winnipeg before being traded midway through the 1983 season to the Edmonton Eskimos for offensive linemen Pieter Vanden Bos and Ken Walter. Jones spent the rest of 1983 and another four full seasons with the Eskimos capping off his tenure by being awarded the Dick Suderman trophy as the Most Valuable Canadian in the thrilling 1987 Grey Cup which saw Edmonton beat the Toronto Argonauts 38-36. From there, Jones moved on to the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he would spend the last five seasons of his career. He went to training camp with the Bombers in 1993 but was released. Over his 11 year career, Jones carried the ball 973 times for 4,930 yards and 48 touchdowns. He added 359 receptions for 3,873 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air. I am not positive of the year of this jersey but it appears to match the Joe Jenkins jersey from 1984 below. 

Kevin Ingram - Quarterback (East Carolina)

Kevin Ingram wore this winterized jersey during his only season in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1984. Ingram saw limited action that year, completing 15 of 32 pass attempts with one touchdown pass and one interception. He did score three touchdowns rushing the ball and gained 96 yards on 14 carries. Ingram's year in Edmonton sandwiched the arrival of two future Hall of Fame signal callers - Matt Dunigan in 1983 and Damon Allen in 1985. Ingram would resurface in 1987 as a replacement player for the New Orleans Saints during the NFL player strike. With the Saints, he completed one pass for 5 yard touchdown. He also carried the ball twice for 14 yards and was sacked once.

Joe Jenkins - Linebacker (Alcorn State)

Joe Jenkins is an interesting story. He signed with the Edmonton Eskimos and was classified by the CFL as a non-import despite never living in Canada. This was due to the fact that Jenkins did not play football in high school or college in the United States and his football training was with the Eskimos. He was a basketball player at Alcorn State in college and was part of a team that went 27-0 in 1978-79. The only other team to sport an undefeated regular season that year was Larry Bird's Indiana State Sycamores. Still, the NCAA decided to overlook the small, predominantly African American Alcorn State when it came time to send out invitations to that year's NCAA tournament. Jenkins played 8 games for the Eskimos in 1984, his only season in the CFL, and was credited with two fumble recoveries.

Torrey Davis - Defensive Tackle (Jacksonville State)

Torrey Davis went undrafted by NFL squads but was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. He was released and played in 2010 for both the Spokane Shock and Kansas City Command of the Arena league. In 2011, Davis headed north and signed with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. Davis split the 2012 season with the Stamps and Hamilton Tiger-Cats and would remain in Steeltown for 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Davis was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos but was among the team's cuts exiting training camp.  He made a return to the Arena league with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2016.

This jersey was worn by Davis in Edmonton's 2015 preseason game on June 13, 2015 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Fort McMurray, Alberta. This Reebok jersey has the correct tagging on it, including the CFL neck logo, a 2015 – 44 neck tag and hem tag complete with the player’s number written in black marker. The numbers are sewn on to the jersey but the nameplate has been removed. This jersey was only worn in the single preseason game and is unique in that most of the 2015 jerseys had the Northern Kickoff patch removed. Because Davis failed to make the team and no one else wore #94 in this Grey Cup winning season, the Northern Kickoff patch was never removed. The jersey shows light game wear consistent with being used only in a single game. This jersey was obtained from Ebay in 2016.