Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Oklahoma Outlaws

Case de Bruijn - Punter (Idaho State)

Case de Bruijn won a national championship at Idaho before he was an 8th round selection (214th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1982 NFL Draft. He failed to beat out incumbent Jeff Gossett and was released at the end of training camp but resigned with the Chiefs in December and played in one game (likely as an injury replacement), punting 5 times for a 34.8 yard average. He was on the Chiefs roster for just 7 days before being released again. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons in March 1983 but was a training camp cut. The New Orleans Saints claimed him on waivers but he was released again at the end of their camp. He signed with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL in March 1984 and appeared in 15 games for the team in 1984, punting 75 times for an average of 40.4 yards. He was not protected in the Arizona Wranglers and Oklahoma Outlaws merger after the 1984 season but was selected by Arizona Outlaws in the dispersal draft in December 1984. In 1985, de Bruijn handled all of the punting duties for the Outlaws, finishing the season with a 42.5 yard average on 65 punts.

This heavy mesh jersey was worn by de Bruijn for road games with the Outlaws during the 1984 season. It was sloppily shortened in length by someone other than a seamstress and the tagging is missing. All identifiers have been screen printed on. It shows light wear which is appropriate for the position de Bruijn played. This jersey was acquired from the Gridiron Exchange.

Mike Katolin - Center (San Jose State)

Mike Katolin was well travelled in his USFL career. He originally turned pro by signing with the Los Angeles Express in January 1983. He was released by the Express the following month and soon after inked a deal with the Boston Breakers. He appeared in 17 games for the Breakers in the USFL's inaugural campaign. He was exposed in the USFL expansion draft in September 1983 and was selected by the Oklahoma Outlaws in the 3rd round (15th overall). Katolin played in all 18 games in 1984 for Oklahoma. The Outlaws moved to Arizona in 1985 to merge with the Wranglers. Katolin was protected in the December 1984 merger that saw the birth of the Arizona Outlaws and played the entire season in the copper state in the league's final season. He finished his career in 1987 with the Cleveland Browns as a strike replacement player for 3 games.

Katolin wore these Medalist Sand-Knit pants during the Outlaws 1984 season. It has the correct tagging for the Oklahoma Outlaws, including the Buck's Sporting Goods distributor tag. The socks cannot be attributed to Katolin but are team issued or game worn for the Outlaws. A nice set from a one year franchise.

Outlaws Game Used Helmet - Unidentified Player

This helmet was worn by an Outlaws player in 1984. It can be distinguished from the Arizona Outlaws helmets in 1985 in a couple of ways. The front of the helmet has "Outlaws" in red on the front bumper. Also, there is no copper outline on the team logo that was used in Arizona (the copper state) by the club in 1985. This helmet came from one of the largest USFL collections that was auctioned off by Legendary Auctions in 2010. Another distinguishing factor is that the Outlaws used a logo decal that was paperish over the usual plastic. This helmet features numerous impact marks but no player idendification.

Arizona Outlaws

Dennis Bishop - Cornerback (Illinois)

Dennis Bishop capped off his college career with a two-interception performance for the Illini in a 1982 Liberty Bowl loss to Alabama that marked coach Bear Bryant's final game. He was selected by the Chicago Blitz in the 1983 USFL Territorial Draft but was moved in some kind of transaction to the Boston Breakers before the season. Bishop was placed on the Developmental Squad by the Breakers at the end of training camp and remained there until May 19, 1983 when he was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. In 1984, he spent time with the Arizona Wranglers but, again, never saw any game action during the regular season. He remained with the franchise in the USFL's final season in 1985 after the Wranglers and Oklahoma Outlaws merged and became the Arizona Outlaws but details on his playing time that season are hard to come by.

This Champion size L porthole mesh jersey exhibits no discernable game wear for the reserve defensive back and remains in excellent condition. All identifiers are screen printed on. 

Lonnie Harris - WR, KR (North Carolina A&T)

Lonnie Harris bounced around in his career, playing for several semi-pro teams and in the USFL. Originally property of the Washington Federals, Harris was signed by the Oklahoma Outlaws on May 4, 1984 and played mostly special teams. He returned 28 kickoffs for a 19.8 yard average and 12 punts for a 7.5 yard average. He also had 2 carries on offense for 11 yards. He followed the team to Arizona after it merged with the Wranglers to become the Arizona Outlaws. In Arizona, he returned 19 kickoffs for a 24.1 yard average (including a career-high 76 yarder) and 28 punts for an 8.8 yard average. On offense, he carried the ball 3 times for 21 yards and caught his only pass as a pro for 22 yards. He would move to Denver later in the year and with the Gold, Harris returned 16 kickoffs for a 26.4 yard average and 10 punts for a 10.4 yard average.

After the 1985 season, Harris was selected by the Orlando Renegades in a draft of waived players as the teams set reduced rosters they would protect and pay in the over one-year wait until the 1986 fall season. Harris' selection caused some confusion according to news reports as Jacksonville Bulls coach Mouse Davis (Harris' former coach with the Gold) told the Denver Post that Renegades GM, Bugsy Englehard, phoned him asking why they were not protecting Leonard Harris after he was second in the league in pass receptions in 1985 with 92. The Renegades admitted some initial confusion between the two Harris' but denied they picked Lonnie Harris thinking they had selected Leonard Harris.

This jersey was generously donated to by Arizona Outlaws equipment manager, Spanky Crawford. This site gets all of our 1984 Wranglers and 1985 Outlaws items checked by him first and thank him for all his help. I consider him both a friend and a class act. This jersey was issued to kick returner Lonnie Harris. This jersey shows no game wear but there is evidence that a nameplate with L. Harris was once on this jersey and removed. Crawford informed me that this jersey may have been game worn but could not say for certain as the team typically had more than one jersey for skill position players in case they got ripped in game action.