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.