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

The 1984 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 (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 or the previous season's Alouettes jersey. The letters on the nameplate show a great deal of cracking and some flaking.

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 7 games and recorded 4 sacks and finished 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 a acquired from a former CFL equipment manager.

Don Sweet - Kicker (Washington State)

Don Sweet began a long career with Montreal in 1972. The Alouettes made five Grey Cup appearances between 1974 and 1979 and would win in 1974 and 1977. Sweet was named Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup on three occasions - 1974, 1977, and 1979. In 1976, Sweet established a pro record by converting 21 consecutive field goals. In the 1977 Ice Bowl, Sweet kicked six field goals and scored 23 points as the Alouettes routed the Edmonton Eskimos 41-6. 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 in Hamilton in 1985, where he played in 2 games. A three-time Eastern All-Star (77-79), 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. Since his playing days ended, Sweet has tutored several professional football kickers.