Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Kansas City Chiefs

Willie Mitchell - Cornerback (Tennessee State)

Willie Mitchell joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 1964 and remained with the team through the most successful era in team history. He played seven seasons with the Chiefs and was a contributor on the 1966 AFL Championship team, the 1967 club that would fall to the Packers in Super Bowl I and as part of the franchise's first Super Bowl win to cap off the 1969 season. Mitchell finished his career after the 1970 season and saw action in 87 regular season contests where he had 16 interceptions and 9 fumble recoveries.

This beautiful durene jersey originates from the early 1960's when the Kansas City Chiefs were the Dallas Texans. The size 46 garment has the correct Sand Knit tagging and Doak Walker Sports Center Dallas distributor tag. The crotch strap remains and comes complete with all six original buttons. It exhibits nice game wear with a total of six team repairs. The red tackle twill numbers are reinforced with yellow thread. The nameplate letters are in red twill. I could find no members of the Dallas Texans who wore number 22 in 1962 or members of the Kansas City Chiefs team who wore the number in 1963 so this jersey was likely made for the Texans and went unused until issued to Mitchell in 1964.

Jeff Lloyd - Defensive Tackle (West Texas State)

Jeff Lloyd was part of the inaugural draft class of the Seattle Seahawks. They selected him in the 3rd round (62nd overall) of the 1976 NFL Draft. The Seahawks did not retain his services for long, waiving Lloyd prior to the start of their first season. Lloyd signed with the Buffalo Bills later in the season and appeared in 9 games during his rookie year. He did not play any games in 1977 but fared well enough in 1976 to be featured on cans of Royal Crown Cola. Lloyd signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs and played the 1978 season with the team. In his two NFL seasons, Lloyd appeared in 23 NFL games. Lloyd resurfaced briefly in 1980 in the Canadian Football League, appearing in 2 games for the dominant Edmonton Eskimos led by QB Warren Moon.

Lloyd wore this Russell Southern size 56 jersey for home games at Arrowhead Stadium in 1978 with the Chiefs. That season, he played in all 16 games, starting 4 contests and recovered one fumble. It features heavy game wear with 17 team repairs by my count. The jersey would be from an older set of Chiefs jerseys as this style of Russell Southern tagging was last seen in 1974. Russell Southern became Russell American in 1973 (special thanks to the Gridiron Exchange for the help on that). Given the heavy wear, this jersey may have been recycled for Lloyd. Longtime Defensive Tackle Tom Keating wore number 74 for the Chiefs from 1964 to 1975 and Defensive End Larry Estes wore the number in 1976 and 1977. The numbers have been screened on while the letters are sewn to a nameplate that has been attached to the jersey.

JJ Birden - Wide Receiver (Oregon)

In addition to football, JJ Birden was also a star track athlete at Oregon. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 8th round (216th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. Birden injured a knee in rookie camp and missed the entire season. He attended training camps with the Browns again in 1989 and the Dallas Cowboys in 1990 but never appeared in a regular season game for either team. After his release from Dallas, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and spent the 1990 to 1994 seasons there appearing in 71 games and recording 183 catches for 2,819 yards and 14 touchdowns. Birden played the 1995 and 1996 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, appearing in 22 games with 61 receptions for 622 yards and 3 touchdowns. In retirement, Birden has worked as a successful motivational speaker and authored a best-selling book.

This Wilson size 40 was worn by Birden at Arrowhead Stadium during the 1993 season. That was a particularly exciting season for the Chiefs as they had acquired QB Joe Montana from the 49ers in the offseason in an effort to capture the Lombardi trophy. Birden caught 51 passes for 721 yards and 2 scores for the 11-5 Chiefs. This jersey exhibits moderate game use consisting of some hit marks on the shoulders.

Will Shields - Guard (Nebraska)

One of gamewornfootballjersey's all-time favorite players, Will Shields never missed a game in his 14-year career. Shields was awarded the Outland Trophy at the University of Nebraska as the top interior lineman in college football in 1992 and was the Kansas City Chiefs first pick in the 1993 Draft (3rd round, 74th overall). Shields replaced an injured Dave Szott during the 1993 season opener and did not leave the Chiefs starting lineup until his retirement after the 2006 season. His 224 games and 223 starts are franchise records. Shields would play in 12 consecutive Pro Bowls in his career (1995-2006), was a first team All-Pro three times (1999, 2002, and 2003), a second team All-Pro another four times and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000's. Shields was also known for his community involvement, winning the Ed Block Courage Award and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during his career.

Shields wore this Reebok size 48 jersey during the 2001 season for road games. The right shoulder of the jersey shows much more use than the left side with a few team repairs and numerous hit marks. This makes sense since the Chiefs more often ran to their left side and Shields excelled as a pulling guard (where he would lead with his right side) to block with Tim Grunhard, Brian Waters, John Tait (in 2001) and later the great Willie Roaf for running back Priest Holmes. The name and numbers have been sewn on. Shields was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.