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.

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 8 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 during one of the four years of the Concorde franchise. This jersey has the correct Saxon tagging for this era on it but no year is marked. The numbers and name are screened on with the name on a sewn on plate. 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 horizontal center line cut out and pasted over top of the normal indentations. It is a bizarre repair as the number on the front is a proper zero. They must have run out of zeros when they made this jersey and made one up on the fly. Ah, 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. This jersey like dates to 1984 as a 1985 Joe Barnes jersey that was once up for sale had the Saxon tagging on the hem, not the collar.

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 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 with the Shreveport Pirates in 1994. In the CFL, the Toaster notched 89 QB takedowns in 135 games.

This mesh Saxon size XL jersey was worn by the 3-time CFL All-Star during the final Concordes season. It has the correct Saxon tagging for this era on it with numbers and name that are screened on with the name on a sewn on plate. Three quarters of the plate is detached along the bottom. The jersey has heavy game wear with several repaired and unrepaired holes on the shoulders and sleeves. There are two large holes on the front. One is two inches long right next to the 7 and the other is an inch long and next to the 1. 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 and the white collar is now pink with the red fabric having bled onto 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 7.