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

Merl Code - DB (North Carolina A&T)

Merl Code began his professional football career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1970 and won a Grey Cup with the team as a rookie. He spent four seasons and played 30 regular season games in Montreal. Code recorded 4 interceptions in 1971. He headed south in 1974 and spent two seasons in the World Football League with the Memphis Grizzlies where he picked off one pass in 1974. After the WFL folded, Code returned to Canada and spent the 1976 season with the Ottawa Rough Riders where had 2 interceptions in 5 games. After his playing days, Code became a municipal judge and the business owner of a precision tool manufacturer. He was inducted into the North Carolina A&T University Hall of Fame in 1981.

The tagging on this Rawlings size 44 long-sleeved jersey dates to 1971 at the latest. The durene material still retains a great shine and looks fantastic even after all these years. Handwarming pockets were once sewn on the front of the jersey but later removed as there is still some threads remaining along with some fragments of material. The jersey sports three long fabric runs down the front as well as a couple narrow fabric runs in the right sleeve. A few impact marks can be found on the garment but no team repairs. The tackle twill numbers are sewn on. There is a bit of piling on a section of the collar and a small but somewhat wide run. I could find no evidence of a nameplate ever being on the jersey, suggesting it was not used after 1970. The jersey appears to be a good style match in terms of the font to the top right photos of Code playing in the 1970 Grey Cup.  Wide receiver Mike Gray wore #17 for the Alouettes from 1967-69 and it is possible he wore this jersey.

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 initially lined up at left tackle before being moved 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 of his five seasons in Montreal and was an All-Canadian each year from 1971 to 1974. This suspension helmet shows plenty of wear and appears to be from the 1974 season as denoted by the marking in the inner ear. That season, George was honoured by winning the first Schenley Award as the League's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. The Dungard facemask matches the style George wore in photos with the Alouettes.

In 1975 George moved south and signed a deal to play with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL. He played one season and 12 games there. George spent the next three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles where he suited up in 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 Alouettes 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 team 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 Russell Athetic size 46 jersey with a Bob Lunny Sporting Goods distributor tag features a significant amount of stickum stains, which still retain a bit of tackiness decades later. There are also a few hit marks present. It 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 for one season in 1979 and opted to put the team logo on the sleeves starting in 1980.

Bob Gaddis - Wide Receiver (Mississippi State)

Bob Gaddis began his pro career as a 13th round pick (337th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1975 NFL Draft. He did not crack the stacked Steeler lineup and signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills where he played in 2 games in 1976 and registered stats on 2 returns. Gaddis joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1977 and played 4 games in the team's Grey Cup winning season. He remained there until the end of 1979. Gaddis had his best year in 1980 with the Toronto Argonauts where he caught 68 balls for 1,112 yards and 3 scores. The Argos dealt him to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers midway through what would be his final year in 1981. In 5 CFL seasons, Gaddis made 188 receptions for 2,997 yards and 10 touchdowns. He earned All-Canadian honours in 1978 and was a CFL East All-Star in 1979 and 1980.

This Russell Athletic size 46 jersey was worn by Gaddis in 1979 and likely DB Al Chorney in 1980. Chorney wore #22 for the Alouettes for the final 10 games of the 1980 season after joining the team from Saskatchewan in a trade for QB Joe Barnes. He began his pro career with the Riders after being selected by the club out of the University of British Columbia with the 2nd pick in the 1st round of the 1979 CFL Draft. Chorney played in 31 games over 2 seasons in the CFL. He was utilized mostly as a kick returner and scored on one with the Alouettes in 1980. He also filled in for kicking duties with the Rough Riders in 1979 when he had 18 punts for a 33.7 average and made 1 of 4 field goal attempts.

This jersey originates from the 1979 season, the only year the Als had numbers on their arms in this style. In 1980 and 81, the Alouettes had their delta logo on their sleeves. The logo patches were added later as there is clear evidence that the #22 was screen printed and later peeled off underneath the now very faded patches. Stiching still remains from a nameplate that once resided on the jersey that would have covered a 1/4" of the back numbers. Shoulder numbers were added after 1979 (the Als did not have them that year) and have a different font style than the body. The body numbers show heavy cracking. The jersey has moderate game wear with a couple of heavy hit marks on the shoulders. It was obtained in 2012 from a large collection assembled in Calgary. Joe Kuklo may have also worn this jersey in 1981. 

Chuck McMann - Running Back (Laurier)

Chuck McMann was a two-time OUA First Team All-Star (1974-75) and Laurier Golden Hawks MVP (1975) who was drafted in the 3rd round (24th overall) by the Montreal Alouettes in the 1976 CFL Draft. A key non-import contributor in several roles with both the Alouettes and Concordes, he would play in three Grey Cups and win one in 1977. He was most actively used in 1980 when he rushed 13 times for 57 yards and a score and caught 28 passes for 423 yards. In a career that ran from 1976 to 1985, McMann carried the ball 22 times for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns and made 80 receptions for 1,150 yards and 4 scores. McMann coached for several years including stints as the head coach of the Waterloo and McGill university programs. He was named CIS Coach of the Year with McGill in 2002. McMann retired from coaching as a member of Wally Buono's staff in British Columbia, his long-time teammate in Montreal. He was inducted into the Laurier Golden Hawks Hall of Fame in 1991.

This Rawlings size XL jersey was worn by McMann in 1980 and possibly in 1981, the two years the Alouettes delta logo appeared on the sleeves. The numbers are screen printed (rubberized) on with the shoulder numbers of a different screenprinting style than the body numbers. The name is sewn on to a nameplate, which is then sewn to the jersey. The nameplate actually covers the top 1/8” of the numbers, which was used to photo match the jersey to a 1980 photo taken by Scott Grant. The jersey has moderate wear including impact marks, seam tears, a neck tear and a 3-inch repair on the right arm. The body numbers have some cracking, separation and missing pieces as well as a white stain all over them. The Alouette logos and shoulder numbers are heavily cracked. McMann signed the left shoulder and added a John 3:16 notation. This jersey was obtained in 2015 from a former CFL equipment manager.

Vince Ferragamo - Quarterback (Nebraska)

Vince Ferragamo transferred from the University of California, Berkeley to Nebraska after sitting behind Steve Bartkowski. The move paid dividends as he was an All-American in 1976 and named 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 in 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.

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 owner Nelson Skalbania who also lured receivers Billy "White Shoes" Johnson from the Houston Oilers and James Scott from the Chicago Bears as well as NFL first round draft picks Keith Gary and David Overstreet. Reports pegged Ferragamo's deal to be worth $400k a season plus incentives while the Rams were said to have offered $300k. 1981 was a disaster for the Als as the team went 3-13 with Ferragamo benched for veteran Canadian signal-caller Gerry Dattilio. He completed 51% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The Rams struggled without Ferragamo, posting a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1972.

Ferragamo was released from his contract and returned to the Rams in 1982 and played there through 1984. He put up another 3,000 yards passing in 1983. A broken right hand ended Ferragamo's season prematurely in 1984. The Rams signed veteran CFL QB Dieter Brock to start in 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 TDs and 17 INTs and ended his career as a backup for the Green Bay Packers in 1986. His NFL totals include 902 completions on 1,615 attempts for 11,336 yards with 76 touchdowns and 91 interceptions in 75 games.

This jersey was worn by Ferragamo for home games at Olympic Stadium in 1981. There are no tags present on the lower part of the jersey as it has been shortened. The somewhat unusual font on the nameplate appears to match the photo in the top right. The jersey was purchased from a longtime CFL equipment manager who obtained it from his counterpart in Montreal in the 1980's.

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 and attending training camp with the Houston Oilers in 1981. He signed with the USFL's Birmingham Stallions in 1983 where he had a sack in 5 games before being released mid-season. Williams inked a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in June of 1983 but did not play for the club before he was released. He returned to the USFL with the Memphis Showboats and collected 4 sacks for them over the 1984-85 seasons.

After the USFL spring season ended, 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 in a monster season. The Alouettes folded in the 1987 preseason and Williams was the 2nd overall selection by Saskatchewan in the dispersal draft. The Riders promptly 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 headed east to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for two seasons where he piled up another 14 sacks. He ended his career with a brief stint for the Shreveport Pirates in 1994. In the CFL, the Toaster notched 89 QB takedowns in 135 games.

This Champion by Ravens Knit size L jersey was worn by the 3-time CFL All-Star in 1986. It has all the correct tagging for this year with Williams' number written on the neck tag in black marker. The numbers and name are screened on. The jersey has no modifications and has spandex under the arms. It has light game wear but there is a large team repair on the left arm. A Champion tag is sewn on the right breast. This tag is not on the Joe Barnes jersey below and likely replaced a different Champion set. The jersey was obtained in 2016 from Classic Auctions.

Joe Barnes - Quarterback (Texas Tech)

1973 Gator Bowl MVP Joe Barnes was a 13th round draft pick (316th overall) of the Chicago Bears in the 1974 NFL Draft. He played in two games for the Bears in 1974, completing 2 of 9 passes for 29 yards and a pick. Barnes signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 1976. He shared QB duties with Sonny Wade and Gerry Dattilio during his tenure and won a Grey Cup with the team in 1977. He was the starter in 1979 but lost the job in 1980 to Dattilio and was dealt to Saskatchewan in midseason for DB Al Chorney. In Regina, Barnes rotated with John Hufnagel. Prior to the 1982 season, the Riders traded him to the Toronto Argonauts for CB Marcellus Greene. Barnes spent three years with the Boatmen, forming a strong duo with Condredge Holloway. Barnes came off the bench to help seal a 1983 Grey Cup victory for the Argos, their first since 1952, with a key completion to Cedric Minter and earned game MVP honours. His best year was in 1984 when he completed 61% of his passes for 3,128 yards. The Argos traded Barnes to the Calgary Stampeders in January 1985 in exchange for DE Walter Ballard, OT Jeff Inglis and a 2nd round draft pick. The Stamps inked Barnes to a lucrative 3-year contract worth a reported $1 million to be their starter but the team lost six of their first seven games and eventually shipped him to the Montreal Concordes for WR Spencer Jackson. He remained in Montreal for the reborn Alouettes for a final season in 1986. In the CFL, Barnes completed 1,350 of 2,454 passes for 18,491 yards with 94 TDs and 117 INTs. He was added to Texas Tech's Athletic Hall of Honor in 1986.

This Champion by Ravens Knit size XXL jersey was worn by Barnes in 1986, his final year in the league. It has the correct tagging with numbers and name that are screen printed on. The jersey has no modifications and is extremely long with spandex under the arms. The number 7 on the right shoulder is malformed, it may have been folded before the screen printing was dry. It has very light game wear with only a couple of marks on the shoulder area consistent with the amount Barnes played that season. This style has no Champion tag on the right chest and was only used in first part of the 1986 season. They were replaced with a different Champion set later in the season. This jersey was obtained in 2003 from a large collection assembled by the former trainer of the Alouettes and Concordes.

Brad Taylor - Quarterback (Arkansas)

Brad Taylor was a four-year starter for the Razorbacks and left the program as Arkansas' all-time leading passer in yards. He came to Canada after his college career and signed with the Edmonton Eskimos where he spent 1985 and 1986 behind two future Hall of Fame passers in Matt Dunigan and Damon Allen. Taylor attempted 19 passes during his time with the Eskimos. In 1987, he attended training camp with the Montreal Alouettes but the team folded just prior to the season starting. He was not selected in the team's dispersal draft but he signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders later in the campaign and suited up for 7 games. Over his 3 seasons in the CFL, Taylor completed 31 of 73 passes for 517 yards with 4 interceptions in 27 regular season games.

This Champion by Ravens Knit size L jersey was worn by Brad Taylor in the 1987 preseason. It was recylced from the 1986 set of Alouettes jersey and likely has running back-receiver Kerry Taylor's nameplate from the 1986 season. The Alouettes used their 1986 jerseys during their 1987 preseason games and never used their new set as the team folded prior to the start of the season. Ther jersey has the correct tagging with screen printed numbers. The jersey has no modifications, is extremely long and has spandex under the arms. The numbers show moderate to heavy cracking. The jersey has light game wear with only a couple of marks and some grass stains. There is tape residue in the arm pits indicating it was likely taped up to tighten the arms and shoulders. It was obtained in 2012 from a large collection assembled by a person in Calgary.

Walter Lewis - Quarterback (Alabama)

Walter Lewis began his pro career in the USFL with the Memphis Showboats. He proved to be a solid player for the club during their two years of operation in 1984-85, completing 258 of 460 passes for 3,455 yards with 31 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. After the USFL folded, Lewis signed with the Montreal Alouettes. In his lone season in the CFL, he completed 65 of 134 passes for 833 yards with 3 scores and 8 pickoffs playing behind Brian Ransom. Lewis was set to play a larger role with the club in 1987 but the Alouettes folded just prior to the season starting. 

This Champion size L jersey was prepared for use by Lewis in the 1987 regular season. Footage of the Alouette preseason games confirm that the team used their 1986 jersey set in the 1987 preseason games. This garment did not see the field due to the fate of the organization. Lewis is listed as wearing #14 with the Alouettes in 1986 but switched to #10 for 1987, the number he wore with the Showboats and at Alabama. The numbers, logos and name are screen printed on. It has no modifications with spandex under the arms and down the side. The jersey has no discernible game wear and was obtained in 2014.

Gerald Alphin - Wide Receiver (Kansas State)

Gerald Alphin went undrafted by the NFL and signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986. He was released in training camp but immediately displayed game-breaking skills with the Montreal Alouettes later that year 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 after the Alouettes ceased operations 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 the 1990-91 seasons with the New Orleans Saints and caught 4 passes in 1990. After attending training camp with the Dallas Cowboys 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 by the Bombers after 9 games in 1995 despite catching 32 passes. He latched on with Baltimore for the last part of the season and caught 9 balls with the Stallions, who would go on to 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.

This jersey is from the Alouettes ill-fated 1987 season. It was not used in a game as the team folded prior to the start of the season and the team wore their 1986 set during the preseason. This Champion size L micromesh jersey remains in excellent condition.

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. Hood was named an All-Canadian and was the Eastern nominee for the Schenley Award as the league's Most Outstanding Player. 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 decent numbers with 39 receptions for 446 yards in 9 games. He would play 5 games in his final season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1988. In his 4-year career, Hood caught 170 balls for 2,319 yards and 6 touchdowns.

This Champion size M jersey was destined to be Hood's jersey for road games during the 1987 season. The Alouettes folded prior to the start of the season and never wore their 1987 jersey sets in a game after playing the preseason in their 1986 sets. Footage from their 1987 preseason games clearly show the team in white jerseys with red collars and red jerseys with white collars. The numbers and name on this jersey are screen printed on with the name on a sewn on nameplate.         

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 pickoffs. Bryant went undrafted but the Philadelphia Eagles had him in for a mini-camp and he attended training camp with the Arizona Cardinals. From there, Bryant signed as a free agent with the CFL Baltimore Stallions in February 1995. Initially a special teams player, Bryant found his way into the starting lineup midway into the season when 1994 CFL Rookie of the Year Matt Goodwin suffered a hamstring injury. He picked off a pass in his first start against the Memphis Mad Dogs. Bryant moved with the Stallions franchise to Montreal in 1996. Bryant does not appear to have played in 1997 but returned in 1998 for a final season with the BC Lions. Over his CFL career, Bryant was credited with 3 sacks and 3 interceptions in 39 regular season games and won a Grey Cup with Baltimore in 1995. 

Bryant wore this Starter size 46 long jersey for home games with the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium in 1996, his only year in Montreal. Bryant made 80 tackles in 16 games that season and had 2 interceptions, one of which he returned for a score. All numbers and logos are screened on with a Radicalement Canadien patch sewn to the right chest. The jersey features decent game wear with numerous hit marks present and one team repair on the left sleeve.

Tracy Ham - Quarterback (Georgia Southern)

Tracy Ham, who led Georgia Southern to back-to-back NCAA Division II titles in 1985-86, was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 9th round (240th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He spurned the Rams to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos to play quarterback rather than switch positions. He spent his rookie season behind future Hall of Famers Damon Allen and Matt Dunigan before establishing himself as a starter in 1988. In 1989 he was the CFL Most Outstanding Player running for 1,005 yards and passing for 30 scores. He spent another three seasons in Edmonton and established an Eskimo record with 36 TD passes in 1990. In January of 1993, Ham was part of a blockbuster deal that saw him traded from Edmonton to Toronto along with CB Travis Oliver, slotbacks Craig Ellis and Ken Winey, DB Enis Jackson, RB Chris Johnstone, LB John Davis and the rights to LB Cam Brousseaus for QB Rickey Foggie, slotbacks Darrell K. Smith, Eddie Brown, J.P. Izquierdo, LB Bruce Dickson, DE Len Johnson, DBs Ed Berry and Don Wilson. It turned out to be a lopsided deal in favour of Edmonton as they went on to win the Grey Cup in 1993 while just one player would be left in Toronto in 1994. Ham struggled in Toronto's run-and-shoot offense but rebounded with the expansion Baltimore franchise. Ham helped Baltimore make the final in 1994 and win the Grey Cup in 1995 as the game MVP. He followed the team to Montreal where he would play four years with the Alouettes before retiring after the 1999 season. Over 13 seasons, Ham completed 2,670 of 4,943 passes for 40,534 yards with 284 TDs and 164 picks. He was one of the most dangerous running QBs in league history with 8,043 yards on 1,059 rushes with 62 majors. Ham was inducted into the US College Hall of Fame in 2007. 

This Starter size 50 long jersey was worn by 2010 Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Ham in 1997. Ham retired as the only QB to run for over 1,000 yards in two seasons. The name, numbers and logos are screen printed on the jersey with the name attached to a plate. This jersey has heavy game wear for a quarterback with dozens of impact marks on the front, back and shoulders. There is also an unrepaired two-inch by two-inch L-shaped tear in the left shoulder. Tracy Ham has autographed the back number in blue Sharpie but this has faded significantly due to washing. The jersey has been matched to two Scott Grant photos from 1997 and was purchased from Ebay in 2001.

Alan Wetmore - Fullback (Acadia)

Alan Wetmore began his career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1993. He spent three years in Winnipeg with his role growing each season. He played in 2 games in 1993, 7 in 1994 and 15 in 1995. Wetmore carried the ball 2 times in 1995 for 7 yards and caught the only 3 passes of his career that same season for 17 yards. In 1996, Wetmore joined the Montreal Alouettes. He played in all 18 games in both 1996 and 1997 and appeared in the final 3 games of his career in 1998. He had 2 rushes in 1996 for 19 yards. Wetmore was a valuable special teams contributor in the kicking game and topped 20 special teams tackles in both 1996 and 1997 (a career-high 29). Wetmore has spent several seasons coaching since his playing days ended including time as the head coach of the Dalhousie Tigers of the Atlantic Football League.

This Starter jersey was worn by Wetmore in 1998. The jersey is tagged on the lower left hemline with the “98” year and a size tag of “46 Long”. The numbers and logos are screen printed on the jersey but the nameplate has been removed. Wetmore only played 3 games in 1998 for the Als so they likely were prepared to recycle the jersey. This jersey has light game wear with a few impact marks on the front and shoulders. It features the Radicalement Canadien patch over the right collarbone and was purchased from Ebay in 2016.

Jermaine Copeland - Wide Receiver (Tennessee)

Jermaine Copeland was Peyton Manning's backup at Tennessee before switching positions. He started his pro career with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 2000 where he led the league with 74 catches for 821 yards and caught 19 passes in a single game. In 2001, Copeland joined the XFL Los Angeles Xtreme who went on to win the Million Dollar Game. He led the league in receptions in its only season with 67 including 17 in one game. Copeland signed with the 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 Dallas Cowboys but was released and returned to Montreal for the rest of the season. In 2003, Copeland had his best year with 99 catches for 1,757 yards and 14 majors. He spent one more year with the Als in 2004 before signing as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders. Copeland played five seasons in Calgary and topped the 1,000-yard plateau in three of them. In February 2010, the Stamps dealt Copeland to the Toronto Argonauts for WR P.K. Sam. He played two years in Toronto before retiring after the 2001 season. In 168 CFL games, Copeland caught 622 balls for 10,014 yards and 75 touchdowns. He was a league All-Star three times. After his playing days, Copeland returned to Tennessee to complete his degree and has worked as a coach in the CFL.

This Starter (Puma) jersey was worn by Copeland in 2001 and possibly in 2002. It was not used in 2003 as this style of CFL logo sewn on the neck last appeared in 2002. It started out life as a 1999 Starter jersey and was likely used by Daryl Hobbs and Mercury Hayes. Both are listed as wearing #80 in 1999 for one game each. There is evidence that two different nameplates resided on the back prior to Copeland's being mounted. Copeland played 7 games in 2001 and the jersey was possibly recycled for the 5 games he played in 2002. Puma logos are sewn over the Starter ones on the sleeves and the jersey is missing the Starter tag normally on the lower left hemline. The numbers and letters are sewn on. It sports a Molson Export sponsor patch and evidence of the different style Molson Export patch that was used in 1999. 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”. It was purchased from Ebay in 2017.