Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Los Angeles Express

The 1983 Los Angeles Express

LaRue Harrington - Running Back (Norfolk State)

LaRue Harrington entered the NFL as a 6th round pick (151st overall) of the San Diego Chargers in 1980. Harrington played 4 games for the Chargers in 1980 and carried the ball 4 times for -7 yards. He resurfaced in 1983 with the Los Angeles Express in the USFL for their inaugural season. He led the Express in rushing in 1983 with 547 yards on 143 carries and a touchdown. Harrington also caught 32 passes for 259 yards for the 8-10 Express. Harrington would only see action in the season opener for the Express in 1984, carrying the ball 7 times for 28 yards and also adding 2 catches out of the backfield for 12 yards in a 27-10 loss to the Denver Gold.

Harrington wore this Champion mesh size XL jersey during his tenure with the club. The Express used the same set of jerseys for the first two years of their existence. The team did not initially use nameplates in 1983, instead screening player names directly on the backs of the jerseys. Nameplates were used later to cover the original name when the jerseys were reissued to new players. This one exhibits pretty good game wear with six team repairs along with several impact marks.

Brian Broomell - Quarterback (Temple)

Brian Broomell is in the Temple athletics Hall of Fame and led the Owls to a 28-17 victory over California in the 1979 Garden State Bowl. He once held several passing records at Temple although some have since fallen to Henry Burris and Lee Saltz as offenses opened up. Broomell spent 1980 and 1981 with the Edmonton Eskimos but was buried on the depth chart behind future Hall of Famers Warren Moon and longtime CFL veteran Tom Wilkinson. Broomell signed with the USFL Los Angeles Express and was placed on the team's developmental roster at the end of training camp in 1983 as a reserve to active roster QBs Tom Ramsey and Mike Rae. Broomell never saw action in the USFL regular season as he was released on May 26, 1983 to make room for linebacker John Barefield, who was acquired in a trade from the Denver Gold. After his release from the Express, Broomell returned to the CFL by signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He attended training camp and saw preseason action with them in 1983. Broomell was released by the Blue Bombers at the conclusion of camp after the Bombers swung a deal with the British Columbia Lions to acquire quarterback John Fourcade. In the CFL, he completed 3 of 9 passes with 2 interceptions, all with the Eskimos.

This is the jersey Broomell wore for the Express, presumably in the preseason. It has been shortened in length and hemmed with the Champion size L tag re-sewn on the lower left front. It remains in good condition with little evidence of game wear, which is appropriate given Broomell's tenure with the club.

The 1984 Los Angeles Express Cheerleaders

Jeff Hart - Offensive Tackle (Oregon State)

Jeff Hart began his pro career as a 3rd round pick (71st overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in 1975. He played his rookie season there before moving on for a year with the New Orleans Saints in 1976. In 1977, he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and remained with the club for two years, playing 17 games over that time. Hart returned to the NFL in 1979 when he signed with the Baltimore Colts and was a starter for the club over five seasons. In the NFL, he suited up for 99 regular season games. In 1984, Hart was lured to the USFL as part of a spending spree by the Los Angeles Express. He finished his career with the Express in the league's final season of play in 1985.

Hart wore this Champion jersey with the Express in 1984. The jersey was recycled for Hart from the 1983 set when it was worn or prepared to be used by defensive tackle Phil Murphy. Murphy was a 3rd round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1980 and spent two seasons with the team playing in all 32 regular season games in 1980 and 1981. Murphy played one game for the Express in 1983 before moving on to the Washington Federals. Murphy's name was screened directly on the back of the jersey with Hart's nameplate sewn over top, a trademark of Express jerseys from 1983-84.

Plenty of Good Seats Still Available!

According to the LA Times, the Express debuted before 34,002 fans in 1983. Average attendance in 1983 was 21,376 and dropped to 13,977 in 1984. In 1985, a losing Express team saw crowds so sparse in the 90,000 seat Coliseum that their final home game against the Outlaws was moved to a 5,500 seat stadium at Pierce College. The Express sold out a 1985 preseason game there against Portland.

Tony Boddie - Running Back (Montana State)

Tony Boddie started his pro career by signing with the Los Angeles Express after his selection by the club in the 12th round (144th overall) of the 1983 USFL Draft. He saw the most action as a rookie when he rushed for 403 yards on 109 carries and 3 touchdowns and caught 46 passes for 434 yards and 2 scores. In 1984, Boddie carried the rock just 16 times for 31 yards and added 20 receptions for 170 yards and a major. He was also often used as a kick returner by the Express in 1984 and 1985. Boddie was part of an exclusive group of players to play all three seasons with the Express. The others were DT George Achicha, G Mike Durrette, G Wayne Jones, DB Wymon Henderson, P Jeff Partridge, LB Danny Rich, TE Mike Sherrod, DT Eddie Weaver and WR Jojo Townsell.

After the USFL folded, Boddie was signed by the Denver Broncos. He suited up for one game in 1986, carrying the ball once for 2 yards. He played his final season in 1987 and played in 5 regular season games for the Broncos that year. Boddie rushed the ball 3 times for 7 yards and a score and added 9 catches for 85 yards. He was also active for the playoffs as the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl.

Boddie wore this Medalist Sand-Knit size 46 light mesh jersey for the Express in the final USFL season in 1985. That year, Boddie ran the ball 49 times for 208 yards and a TD and grabbed 17 passes for 124 yards and another score. All identifiers have been screened on. The garment exhibits moderate game wear with several hit marks present, a couple of small unrepaired tears in the left sleeve and a team repair on the back.