Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Montreal Alouettes



Ed George - OT / Guard (Wake Forest)



Ed George was drafted in the 4th round (80th overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers but signed instead with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. He would play his first five seasons of pro football there. George initially played left tackle but was shifted inside to guard in 1973. George would help the Alouettes win Grey Cups in 1970 and 1974 during his stay in Quebec. He was named a CFL East All-Star in all five seasons in Montreal and an All-Canadian in each season from 1971 to 1974. This helmet is from the 1974 season in which George was honoured by winning the first Schenley Award as the League's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

In 1975 George moved south and signed a deal to play with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL. He played one season and played in 12 games there before spending the next three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles where he suited up for all 44 regular season games for the team during that time. George returned to the CFL in 1979 and finished his career with two seasons playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. George was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
 







Peter Dalla Riva - TE (Oakville Black Knights CJFL)



One of the all-time greats in Montreal Alouette franchise history, Peter Dalla Riva earned an invite to the team's training camp in 1968 with the very limited experience of playing just one season of junior football. He became a mainstay on offense during the most successful era in franchise history at the time. In his 14 seasons, Dalla Riva played in 197 regular season games and caught 450 passes for 6,413 yards and 54 touchdowns. His most productive seasons came in a three-year run from 1975 to 1977 where he caught over 50 balls each year. He was a three-time league all-star and had his number retired by the Alouettes in 1981. Dalla Riva played in six Grey Cups, winning three and was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

This jersey features a significant amount of stickum stains, which still retain a bit of tackiness decades later. There are also a few hit marks present. This may have been part of a second set of jerseys introduced late in the season for the Alouettes. The jersey dates to the 1978 season as that year coincides with the introduction of this style of Russell tag. The Alouettes added numbers to their sleeves in 1979 and put the team logo on the sleeves starting in 1980.







Vince Ferragamo - Quarterback (Nebraska)



Vince Ferragamo transferred from the University of California, Berkeley to Nebraska to gain playing time after sitting behind Steve Bartkowski. The move paid dividends as he was an All-American in 1976 and earned the nod as The Sporting News College Football Player of the Year. The Los Angeles Rams chose him in the 4th round (91st overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft. He saw limited duty his first two years before he took over for veteran Pat Haden midway through the 1979 season and guided the Rams to Super Bowl XIV. The Rams led the game early in the fourth quarter before falling 31-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ferragamo followed that up with what would be his best statistical season in 1980, throwing for 3,199 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Rams.

Ferragamo spurned the Rams after the 1980 season to sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL as part of a spending binge by new Alouettes owner Nelson Skalbania. Skalbania also lured wide receivers Billy "White Shoes" Johnson from the Houston Oilers and James Scott from the Chicago Bears. Also signing deals with Montreal were first round NFL draft picks in defensive lineman Keith Gary and running back David Overstreet. Reports pegged Ferragamo's deal with the Alouettes to be worth $400,000 a season plus incentives while the Rams were said to have offered $300,000. The 1981 season was a disaster for the Alouettes as the team went 3-13 with Ferragamo being benched for veteran Canadian signal-caller Gerry Dattilio. He ended the year completing just 51% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The Rams also suffered in 1981 without Ferragamo, posting a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1972.

Ferragamo was released from his contract with the Alouettes and returned to the Rams for the 1982 season and played there through 1984. He put up another 3,000 yard passing season in 1983. A broken right hand ended Ferragamo's season prematurely in 1984. The Rams signed veteran CFL quarterback Dieter Brock to be the starter before the 1985 season and dealt Ferragamo along with a draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for tight end Tony Hunter (the 12th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft). Ferragamo put up poor numbers with the Bills in 1985 with 5 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions and he ended his pro career as a backup for the Green Bay Packers in 1986. His NFL totals include 902 completions on 1,615 pass attempts for 11,336 yards with 76 touchdowns and 91 interceptions in 75 regular season games.






Brett "the Toaster" Williams - DE (Austin Peay)



Brett Williams was a defensive lineman known as "the Toaster" for often playing on offense in short-yardage situations and thus could burn an opponent on both sides of the ball. He began a well-traveled pro career by signing as a free agent in 1981 with the Houston Oilers. The Oilers released him in July 1981 and he signed with the USFL's Birmingham Stallions career in 1983 where he had one sack in 5 games before being released mid-season. Williams signed with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in June of 1983 but did not play for the club before he was released. In October 1983, he signed with the USFL's expansion Memphis Showboats where he played in 14 games and had one sack. He spent time the 1985 season with the Showboats and was credited with 3 sacks.

After the USFL folded, Williams spent the rest of the 1985 season with the Montreal Concordes. He remained in Montreal for the rebirth of the Alouettes in 1986 and racked up 21 sacks. With the Alouettes folding in the 1987 preseason, Williams was selected in the 1st round (2nd overall) by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Alouettes dispersal draft who traded him to the BC Lions for a 1st round pick in the 1988 CFL Draft (Penn State LB Peter Giftopoulos). He had 10 sacks for the Lions in 1987 and was on the move in 1988 to the Edmonton Eskimos where he registered 38 sacks in four seasons. In 1992, Williams moved east to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for two seasons where he piled up 14 sacks. He rounded out his career with 2 games with the expansion Shreveport Pirates in 1994. Over his CFL career, the Toaster piled up 89 quarterback takedowns in 135 regular season games.

This Champion by Ravens Knit jersey size L was worn by the 3-time CFL All-Star (86, 88 and 91) during the 1986 season. This was also the last year of the Alouettes franchise until 1996. This jersey has the correct Ravens Knit by Champion tagging for this year but no year and no numerical size, just a L tag on which someone has written the number 71. The numbers and name are screen printed on with the name on a sewn on nameplate. The jersey has no modifications and has spandex under the arms. The jersey has light game wear but there is a large team repair on the left arm. These style of jerseys were only used in early 1986. However, there is a Champion tag sewn to the right breast. These tags did not appear until late 1986 when the jerseys were replaced with a different Champion style that carried over into the preseason of 1987. This jersey was obtained in 2016 from Classic Auctions.






Gerald Alphin - Wide Receiver (Kansas State)



Gerald Alphin was undrafted by the NFL and signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986. He was released but immediately displayed game-breaking skills with the Montreal Alouettes after signing in September. Alphin played 6 games in 1986 and had 20 catches averaging a lofty 20.5 yards per reception. Alphin moved to Ottawa following the Alouettes' folding during the 1987 preseaon and had his first of four 1,000 yard seasons. He was an Eastern All-Star in 1988 with 64 catches 1,307 yards and a 20.4 yard average. Alphin caught 64 balls in 1989 for an average gain of 21.6 yards. His 1,471 yards receiving that year represent a Rough Rider record. The NFL took notice and Alphin played 16 games over 1990 and 1991 with the New Orleans Saints and caught 4 passes in 1990. After failing to make the Dallas Cowboys roster in 1992, Alphin returned to the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In his first full season back in 1993, Alphin had his final 1,000 yard season with 55 catches for 1,052 yards. Alphin posted a career high 73 catches in 1994 for 994 yards. Alphin was released after 9 games in 1995 by the Bombers despite catching 32 passes. He latched on with Baltimore for his final 4 games in the league in 1995 and caught 9 balls with the Stallions, who would win the Grey Cup. In his 8 CFL seasons, Alphin made 414 receptions for 7,315 yards for an impressive 17.7 average and 51 touchdowns.







James Hood - Wide Receiver (Arizona State)


James Hood began his pro career as a free agent signing of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May of 1985. He played in 5 games for the Bombers that season, catching 23 balls for 281 yards. He had a breakout season with the Montreal Alouettes in 1986, hauling in 95 passes for 1,411 yards and 2 majors. For his performance, Hood was named to the All-Canadian team and was the Eastern nominne for the Schenley Award as the league's Most Outstanding Player. Unfortunately, the Alouettes folded in the 1987 preseason and Hood was selected 1st overall by the Ottawa Rough Riders in the team's dispersal draft. In Ottawa, Hood put up good numbers with 39 receptions for 446 yards in 9 games. He would play one final season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1988 where he played in 5 games and made 13 catches for 181 yards and a score. In his 4-year career, Hood caught 170 balls for 2,319 yards and 6 touchdowns.

This Champion road jersey was worn by James Hood in late 1986 and/or in the 1987 pre-season. This was also the last years of the Alouettes franchise until 1996. This jersey has the correct Champion tagging for this era on it but no year and no numerical size, just a M tag. This jersey is characterized by having a lighter fabric that is shinier and has smaller mesh than the original set the Alouettes wore in 1986. This jersey also has a Champion tag on the right breast, which does not appear on the first set of 1986 jerseys. The numbers and name are screen printed on with the name on a sewn on nameplate. The jersey has no modifications or discernable game wear and has spandex under the arms and down the side.        





Jason Bryant - Linebacker (Morehouse College)



A star safety at Morehouse College, Jason Bryant was a four-year starter for the program and never had fewer than 5 interceptions in a season. He finished his college career with a school record 25 career pickoffs. Bryant went undrafted by NFL teams but the Philadelphia Eagles had him in a mini-camp and he attended training camp with the Arizona Cardinals. From there, Bryant signed as a free agent with the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions in February 1995. Initially a special teams player, Bryant found his way into the Stallions’ starting lineup midway into the season when 1994 CFL Rookie of the Year, Matt Goodwin, suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of the lineup. Bryant picked off a pass in his first pro start with the Stallions against the Memphis Mad Dogs. Bryant moved with the Stallions franchise to Montreal in 1996 and wore this jersey for home games at Olympic Stadium as the Alouettes were reborn. The jersey features decent game wear with several hit marks present. Bryant does not appear to have played in 1997 but returned in 1998 for one final season with the BC Lions. Over his CFL career, Bryant played in 39 regular season games and won a Grey Cup with the 1995 Baltimore Stallions. He intercepted two passes, one for Baltimore and a second for Montreal that he returned for a touchdown.









Jermaine Copeland - Wide Receiver (Tennessee)



Jermaine Copeland was a teammate of QB Peyton Manning and was his back up at QB before switching positions and playing running back and wide receiver at the University of Tennessee. He went undrafted in the 1999 NFL Draft and began his professional career with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 2000 where he led the league with 74 catches for 821 yards and 6 scores. He caught 19 passes in a single game during the season. In 2001, Copeland joined the XFL’s Los Angeles Xtreme who went on to win the Million Dollar Game. He led the league in receptions in its only season of operation with 67 for 755 yards and 5 touchdowns. Copeland caught 17 passes in a game with the Xtreme. Copeland signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes later in 2001 where he played with QB Anthony Calvillo, who passed for more yards as a pro than Manning. In 2002, he went to training camp with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys but was released and returned to Montreal for the remainder of the season. In 2003, Copeland became one of the most dangerous targets in the CFL and had his best season with 99 catches for 1,757 yards and 14 majors. He spent one final season with the Alouettes in 2004 before being lured west as a free agent by the Calgary Stampeders. Copeland played for five seasons in Calgary and topped the 1,000 yard plateau in three of them. In February 2010, the Stampeders dealt Copeland to the Toronto Argonauts for wide receiver P.K. Sam. In Toronto, he was reunited with XFL teammate Noel Prefontaine. Copeland played two seasons in Toronto before retiring. In 168 regular season CFL games, Copeland caught 622 balls for 10,014 yards and 75 touchdowns. He was a league All-Star three times (2003, 04, 09). Since his playing days concluded, Copeland returned to the University of Tennessee to complete his degree and has worked as a wide receivers coach in the CFL.

This Starter (Puma) jersey was worn by Copeland during the 2001 and 2002 season. It was not used in 2003 as it has the old style CFL logo sewn to the neck and 2002 was the last year it appeared. The jersey started out life as a 2001 Starter jersey and was likely used by Copeland in the 7 games he played that year. It was then recycled for the 5 games he played in 2002. This is evident by the Puma logos that are sewn over the Starter ones on the sleeves. The jersey is missing the Starter tag that is usually on the lower left hemline.  The numbers are sewn on to the jersey as are the nameplate letters. The jersey also has the Molson Export sponsor patch on the left breast. This jersey has moderate game wear with a several impact marks on the front and shoulders and two large team repairs on the right one. Copeland has autographed the jersey on the rear “0”. This jersey was purchased from Ebay in 2017.