Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Michigan Panthers

The 1983 USFL Champion Michigan Panthers

The Michigan Panthers official team colors were royal plum, champagne silver, light blue and white. I spoke with a member of the equipment staff who told me the team got their colors when owner Alfred Taubman sent them bottles of Dom Perignon champagne and a fine red wine and asked them to base the team's color scheme on these. The result was one of the sharpest jerseys and helmets professional football has seen. The photos below show the Pontiac Silverdome field being overrun with fans after the Panthers defeated the Oakland Invaders to advance in the 1983 USFL playoffs and Taubman celebrating the 1983 Championship win with the team in the Panthers locker room. The bottom picture features a banner made by a fan thanking Taubman for giving fans free parking at the Silverdome for the Invaders playoff game. Taubman was given a standing ovation by the crowd for picking up the parking tab.

Tyrone McGriff - Guard (Florida A&M)

Tyrone McGriff was "Mr. Irrelevent" in the 1980 NFL Draft, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the final pick (12th round, 333rd overall). He spent three seasons with the Steelers suiting up 36 times as a reserve. McGriff's USFL rights were originally owned by the Tampa Bay Bandits, who dealt him to the Michigan Panthers on March 16, 1983 for a 4th round pick in the 1984 USFL Draft. McGriff signed with the Panthers and was named a league All-Star by the Sporting News despite missing the start of the season. McGriff played for the Panthers in 1984 before moving to the Memphis Showboats for his final season in 1985 after he was not protected in the merger of the Panthers and Oakland Invaders. Sadly, McGriff died in 2000 from a heart attack at just 42 years of age.

I obtained this jersey from a former Panthers staff member who had nothing but great things to say about McGriff. On the field, he noted that he was a force as a pulling guard in the new league and his arrival was a pivotal turning point for a Panthers team that would become the USFL's first champions after a dismal start. This jersey features significant game wear with 11 team repairs. It has been customized with the length and sleeves shortened, the sides have been narrowed and the shoulders have also been pinched and sewn to produce a tigher fit.

Michigan Panther Player Equipment Bag

The Panther Cheerleaders Sponsored by Dodge

Michigan Panther Game Pants

I acquired these pants from a former member of the Panthers equipment staff.