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 Concordes

David Overstreet - Running Back (Oklahoma)

The Montreal Alouettes lured two first round picks from the 1981 NFL Draft north to play for them. One was Pittsburgh Steelers 17th overall pick, defensive lineman Keith Gary. The other was standout running back David Overstreet of the Oklahoma Sooners. Both players were represented by agent Jerry Argovitz. Overstreet was the Miami Dolphins selection at 13th overall. Unable to come to terms with the Dolphins, he signed a contract with the new free-spending Monteral Alouettes owner Nelson Skalbania (who also signed established NFL stars in QB Vince Ferragamo along with receivers James Scott and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson for 1981). Overstreet had a successful rookie campaign with the Alouettes. In 15 games, he scored 3 touchdowns on 182 carries for 815 yards, which led the East division. He also proved to be a weapon out of the backfield with 48 catches for 356 yards. This earned him the team's rookie of the year honours. The Alouettes were reformed into the Concordes in 1982 after the league pulled the plug on the Skalbania disaster. Overstreet struggled to stay healthy in 1982 and appeared in only 6 games for the Concordes, rushing 39 times for 190 yards and adding 17 receptions for 89 yards. Overstreet would move on to the Miami Dolphins in 1983 and showed some promise with 392 rushing yards and a 4.6 yards per carry average in a backup role to Tony Nathan. Unfortunately a late fumble by Overstreet in the playoff game against Seattle led to the winning score by the Seahawks. Overstreet never got a chance at redemption as he was killed in June of 1984 when his Mercedes swerved off a road in Texas and ran into gas pumps at a service station causing an explosion. 

This winterized knit home jersey was worn by Overstreet with the Concordes in 1982. It has been manually shortened so there is no tag remaining in the lower hem of the front. The numbers, stripes and logos have been screened on and remain in good condition. The jersey has a mesh nameplate sewn on, possibly transferred from Overstreet's regular jersey. The letters on the nameplate show a great deal of cracking and some flaking.

Overstreet wore this cold weather white knit jersey with no manufacturer tags remaining in 1982, his only season with the Concordes. The jersey is likely a Russell Athletic and appears to be from the same set as the Keith Gary jersey below. All identifiers have been screened on. The garment has been shortened and hemmed. Some game wear is evident with several marks present. There is also some pilling in the neck area on the back of the jersey. The nameplate is mesh and not the jersey's knit fabric, this matches the red knit home Overstreet jersey above. Also of note is that there is evidence of a former nameplate with several threads still present where it was once attached. Perhaps it had a knit nameplate that was replaced for some reason. Another interesting thing to note about the nameplate upon close inspection is that the two R's in Overstreet's name are actually P's with a straight line screened on to make them R's. The V is actually two straight lines screened on and not an actual V. The Concordes apparently had a shortage of letters, something that would plague them again in the final couple years of their existence.

Keith Gary - Defensive End (Oklahoma)

Keith Gary was a rare first round pick in the NFL who opted to play elsewhere. Gary was chosen 17th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1981 NFL Draft but signed as a free agent with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. Gary’s agent, Jerry Argovitz, was quoted at the time saying Gary’s 2-year deal with the Alouettes surpassed the dollars the Steelers offered over 5-years. It was part of a massive spending spree by new Alouettes owner, Nelson Skalbania, who also lured Los Angeles Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo, Houston Oilers receiver Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Chicago Bears wideout James Scott, and Miami Dolphins first round pick David Overstreet. Gary played 13 games for the Alouettes in 1981 and recorded 5.5 sacks. In 1982, Skalbania, Ferragamo, Johnson, and Scott were all gone along with the Alouettes, who were reborn as the Concordes. In 1982 with the Concordes, Gary played in 7 games and recorded 4 sacks before finishing the season on injured reserve. In 1983, Gary signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and went on to play six seasons there. Overall, he appeared in 86 regular season games with the Steelers and recorded 25 sacks.

Gary wore this road Russell Athletic winterized knit jersey in 1982. All numbers, letters and logos are screen printed to the garment. It remains in very good condition. There are some stains concentrated around the bottom of the jersey. Some appear to be from dirt while the small circular stains near the lower hem tag are likely blood. This jersey was acquired from the personal collection of a former CFL equipment manager.

The 1984 Montreal Concordes

Turner Gill - Quarterback (Nebraska)

Turner Gill was a highly recruited quarterback and baseball prospect out of high school in Texas. He was drafted in the 2nd round at age 17 by the Chicago White Sox in 1980 and in the 18th round by the New York Yankees in 1983. He chose to play both sports at Nebraska over football-only offers from several major schools. In his 1983 senior season, he finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting (won by teammate Mike Rozier) leading a team that scored an average of 52 points a game. Gill bypassed the NFL by signing a reported 4-year contract worth $1.2 million with the Montreal Concordes of the CFL in 1984. He would only play two seasons completing 411 of 727 passes for 4,928 yards with 23 scores and 32 interceptions. He suffered three concussions in the 1985 season and failed his physical prior to 1986 training camp, which came as no surprise to Gill or the Concordes as he had been undergoing tests. Gill had a ton of ability, a shame he was forced to retire at 23. He spent three seasons in the minors in the Cleveland Indians organization before embarking on a coaching career in football including stints as head coach of the NCAA Buffalo Bulls, Kansas Jayhawks and Liberty Flames.

Gill wore this heavy mesh Harv-Al size XL jersey for road games while playing for the Concordes likely in 1984. Everything is screened on with the exception of the shoulder logos, which are patches that are sewn on. There is a very small hole in the right sleeve near the logo and a couple small stains but the jersey remains in good condition otherwise.

Don Sweet - Kicker (Washington State)

Don Sweet began a long career with Montreal in 1972 and was with them for five Grey Cup appearances between 1974 and 1979, two of them victories. Sweet was named Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup on three occasions including the 1977 Ice Bowl where he kicked six field goals and scored 23 points as the Alouettes routed the Edmonton Eskimos 41-6. In 1976, Sweet established a pro football record by converting 21 consecutive field goals. Midway through the 1980 season, Sweet was released along with Gordon Judges, Dan Yochum, and Larry Uteck in a purge of team veterans by club management. After a tryout with the Green Bay Packers, Sweet was brought back midway through the dismal 1981 campaign with the Als reeling under the ownership of Nelson Skalbania. Sweet wore this jersey as a member of the Montreal Concordes, which replaced the Alouettes in 1982. Sweet switched from the number 11 that he wore for many years to number 10 with the Concordes. His time in Montreal would end in 1984 and Sweet would finish his long CFL career playing 2 games with Hamilton in 1985. A three-time Eastern All-Star, Sweet kicked in 189 regular season games and made 314 of 457 (68.7%) field goal attempts. Sweet also handled punting duties on a semi-regular basis from 1979 to 1985 and had a 41.2 yard average on 300 career punts. After his playing days ended, Sweet tutored several pro football kickers.

Sweet wore this heavy mesh Saxon size L with the Concordes in 1984 for games at Olympic Stadium. There is light game wear present in the form of a few very small holes from impacts in the sleeves. It has spandex panels down the sides. The front and back numbers show some cracking and chipping. The back zero actually was an eight that has had the middle cut out prior to screening along with a pair of white pieces screened over top to straighten the sides and make a zero. We have seen other examples of the Concordes doing this with Saxon jerseys.

Doug Scott - Defensive Tackle (Boise State)

Doug Scott was a four-year starter at Boise State. In three of those years he was named to the All-Big Sky Conference Defensive Team and was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 1979 when Boise State won the I-AA national championship. The Montreal Alouettes made him their first territorial selection in the 1979 CFL Draft. Scott had interest from four clubs prior to the NFL Draft but he signed to return home to Montreal prior to the southern league's annual selection of college players. Scott was a ratio-breaker in his seven-year career with Montreal, split between the Alouettes and Concordes, and hit double-digit sack totals in three consecutive seasons from 1984-86. He missed the 1983 season due to an injury suffered in preseason but played in 93 games for the two Montreal franchises from 1980 to 1986 and totaled 44 quarterback sacks. Scott was inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame in 1985.

This mesh Saxon size XL jersey was worn by the three-time Eastern All-Star likely in 1984 or 1985. This jersey has the correct Saxon tagging for this era. The numbers and name are screened on. The jersey has moderate game wear with three large team repairs where it was ripped open. The zero on the back is actually an eight with the center removed and cut pieces of other numbers pasted over top of the middle sides to give the appearnace of a proper zero. They must have run out of zeros, just one of many examples of the frugal nature of the CFL. This jersey was obtained in 2003 from a large collection assembled by the ex-trainer of the Alouettes and Concordes. 

Brett Williams - Defensive End (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 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 with the Shreveport Pirates in 1994. In the CFL, the Toaster notched 89 quarterback takedowns in 135 games.

This mesh Saxon size XL jersey was worn by the 3-time CFL All-Star during the final Concordes season in 1985. It has the correct Saxon tagging with numbers and letters that are screened on. Three quarters of the nameplate is detached along the bottom. The jersey has heavy game wear with several repaired and unrepaired holes. The sleeves are custom shortened and the right sleeve is pinched under the arm and sewn to tighten it. The left sleeve looks like it had the same modification, but was torn open. There is some light cracking on the shoulder numbers and team emblems. The white collar is now pink with the red fabric having bled into it. This jersey was obtained on Ebay in 2012 from a collector in Edmonton who had Brett autograph the jersey in pen on the back.