Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Memphis Mad Dogs

Jarvis Perry - Running Back (Roman)

Jarvis Perry played college ball at NCAA Division III Rowan University where he earned a second team All-Conference selection in 1991 and first team honors in 1992. He only spent a brief time in the CFL in 1995 with the expansion Mempis Mad Dogs. He logged 8 carries for 19 yards and caught 1 pass for 5 yards in 4 games. He also saw some action in the secondary, adding 3 defensive tackles and another 4 tackles on special teams. After his time with the Mad Dogs, Perry signed with the Dallas Cowboys in April 1997 and participated in their training camp but was released prior to the season. Perry later played semi-pro ball with the West Deptford Broncos in the American Football Association. Like many Mad Dog game worn jerseys, Perry's has been cut off at the bottom and no remnants of the Starter hemline tagging remain.

Chris Gardner - Kicker (Mississippi State)

Chris Gardner's stay in the CFL was a brief one, wearing each of these jerseys in just one regular season game (and presumably one more game each in the preseason). He made the Mad Dogs roster out of training camp and suited up week 1 on the road against the Calgary Stampeders, where he made a 49-yard field goal. The following week, Gardner would play his final CFL game in the Mad Dogs home debut at the Liberty Bowl. Memphis lost 31-13 to the BC Lions where he would miss four field goal attempts and was replaced by former University of Memphis standout, Joe Allison. Overall, Gardner made 4 out of 10 field goal attempts in his two games. The Mad Dogs continued to struggle in the kicking game as they would move on from Allison (1 of 3) after one game and quickly discard veteran Donald Igwebuike (3 of 7) before Nick Mystrom (37 of 47) solidified the position. Gardner coached for several seasons with the Northwest Rankin Cougars high school team in Mississippi. 

Gardner wore this porthole mesh Starter green jersey at the Liberty Bowl. The bottom has been cut off with scissors to shorten the garment. The spandex side panels have changed colour over time, which also happened with the Green Bay Packer game jerseys that Starter produced at the same time. All identifiers are screen printed on. 

Chris Garner's road white jersey, like the home green above, has also been cut off unevenly at the bottom. There is a scuff mark on the left shoulder. The Mad Dog jerseys were notoriously long and most that made it to the hobby have been shortened above the Starter hemline tagging.

Richard Holt - Linebacker / DB (Arizona)

Richard Holt made his pro debut with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 1994, three years after playing his last college game with the Arizona Wildcats in 1991. He previously earned a tryout with the NFL's New York Jets. In 11 games that season, he recorded 45 tackles and picked off 3 passes in addition to making 7 receptions with 2 touchdowns on offense in helping the Rattlers win the franchise's first Arena Bowl championship. In 1995, Holt signed with the CFL's expansion Memphis Mad Dogs. Holt played two games for the Mad Dogs and was credited with making 6 tackles. He returned to the Rattlers in 1996 and intercepted 3 passes and racked up 53 tackles in 13 games. In his final season in 1997, Holt played 4 games and made 7 tackles for the Rattlers. 

This jersey of unknown size was worn by Holt for road games in 1995. It has Starter tagging in the collar but no tag in the hem as it was shortened. It has the correct CFL neck logo and still has tape wrapped around the left sleeve to pull the arm cuff tight. There is also tape residue on the right arm. The sleeves have been shortened with the elastic cuffs removed. The jersey has noticeable game wear with over 20 impact marks and a small tear on the left shoulder. The wear seems heavy for only 1 or 2 games but there is no evidence of a nameplate change. It may have been recycled for Holt from a previous player but we could find no other Mad Dog player being issued number 37 in the team's lone season. Perhaps Holt just liked to mix it up on the field. This jersey was obtained from Grey Flannel Auctions in 2011.

The Mad Dogs jerseys were unique in that the design has a small number on the front left chest with the large team logo dominating the bottom right. Birmingham and Toronto used this same design style in 1995. The numbers and logo are screen printed on. The sewing that attached the nameplate on this home jersey is straight and on the away jersey it is zig zag. The nameplate also is sewn to the solid shoulder material only while on the away jersey, the plate bottom is sewn to the mesh body of the jersey. The jersey has Starter tagging in the collar and on the lower hem along with the correct CFL neck logo. It shows very little wear and has not been shortened or have tape under the arms, suggesting that this jersey was game issued and not used.