Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Ottawa Rough Riders 

Unidentified Players 

This Ottawa Rough Riders size 50 durene jersey saw service in the early 1970's. The Rawlings tagging dates to 1971 at the latest but there was once a nameplate on the back with several threads still remaining where it was sewn on, which means the jersey was put to use in games at the very least in 1971 or later. The Rough Riders started wearing this style of jersey in 1968 from the best that I could determine. One interesting feature on this jersey is that there is a repair lying under the screened on front #3 number. This jersey may have had sewn on numbers that were removed and new numbers screened on later but I could find no evidence of any remnants of sewn-on numbers. There is heavy game wear with a few small unrepaired holes and 19 team repairs by my count with major work on the left chest. Number 32 was a revolving door in the early 1970's for the Rough Riders and this jersey was most likely issued to several possible players including RB Gene Wren (1970), RB Alan Pitcaithley (1 game in 1971), DB Herb Marshall (1973), RB Walt Hartfield (1974), RB Sylvester (Molly) McGee (1975-76) and DB Vernon Roberson (1976). The jersey was acquired from a former CFL equipment manager.

Doug Seymour - Defensive Tackle (Missouri)

Doug Seymour was selected by the British Columbia Lions in the 2nd round (13th overall) of the 1977 CFL Draft. He would play his first four and a half seasons in Vancouver until being traded to Ottawa midway through the 1981 season in exchange for the Rough Riders 1st round pick in the 1982 CFL Draft. The Rough Riders were not good in 1981 but their 5-11 mark was enough for second place in the CFL East Division. They advanced to the Grey Cup where they were heavy underdogs to the Warren Moon led Edmonton Eskimos after an upset road win over the 11-4-1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In one of the most memorable Grey Cup games in history, the Riders stunned the Eskimos in the first half by jumping out to a 20-1 lead before the Eskimos rallied in the second half to win 26-23 while being aided by a controversial offensive pass interference call against a hobbling Rider great Tony Gabriel. Seymour would play for the Riders in 1982 and closed out his career with one game with the club in 1983. For his career, Seymour appeared in 82 regular season games. Seymour passed away in 2005.

This Rawlings size XXL mesh road jersey with four inches of extra length experienced heavy use during Seymour's tenure with the eastern Riders as evidenced by over 20 team repairs. The helmet logo has been screened or ironed on over top of the sleeve stripes. The nameplate is a made from a cold-weather knit jersey fabric and does not match the mesh jersey. This is consistent with other Rough Rider jerseys from the early 1980's.

Cedric Minter - Running Back (Boise State)

Cedric Minter entered the CFL as a free agent by signing with the Toronto Argonauts in 1981. He earned the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as the CFL East Divison Rookie of the Year by rushing for 815 yards on 182 carries while catching 28 passes for 371 yards. Minter followed this up with a second CFL East All-Star nod in as many seasons by making 61 receptions for 828 yards and 5 majors and running for 563 yards on 120 carries and 7 TDs in 1982. Minter rushed for 599 yards with the Argos in 1983 but capped off the season by scoring on a pass from Joe Barnes with 2:44 remaining to give the Argonauts the go-ahead score and their first Grey Cup win in 31 years. Minter signed with the NFL New York Jets in 1984 and spent a season and a half there, rushing for 159 yards and catching 10 balls in 11 games. In 1986, Minter rejoined the Argos for 4 games late in the season. That offseason, Minter was traded to the Ottawa for QB Gilbert Renfroe. With the Riders he carried the ball 150 times for 627 yards and 7 scores and added 37 receptions for 327 yards. In his 5 CFL seasons, Minter had 2,774 career rushing yards and 24 touchdowns on 599 carries. He also added 2,018 receiving yards and 8 scores on 173 catches.

Minter wore this Champion jersey for road games with the Rough Riders in his final pro season in 1987. That year saw a slight modification to the Rough Rider uniforms as the helmet logo on the sleeve was given a 3D look and the single-bar facemask was replaced with a more modern double-bar. The "60" patch is for former Rough Rider Jim Coode, who passed away from ALS in June 1987. Coode played seven seasons for the Riders and was awarded the Schenley as the CFL's most oustanding offensive lineman in 1978. Amazingly, Coode played his final season in 1980, one year after being diagnosed.

Daniel Hunter - Cornerback (Henderson State)

"The Cricket" began his pro career with tryouts for the Dallas Cowboys and the USFL Los Angeles Express. In 1985, he made the Denver Broncos roster as a free agent and picked off one pass while appearing in all 16 games. Hunter started the 1986 season in Denver and played 10 games there before moving to their AFC West rival San Diego Chargers for 5 contests. He played his last season in the NFL with the Chargers in 1987 and recorded one sack in 12 games. Hunter signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in August 1989 and would play for them through July 1993, picking off 15 passes and notching 3 sacks. He was claimed off of waivers by the BC Lions in 1993 and played in 4 games for them. Hunter would finish his pro career in 1994 with the expansion Shreveport Pirates where he would intercept 3 passes in 16 games. Hunter picked off 18 passes in 76 games over 6 seasons in the CFL.

This Saxon jersey size XL was worn by Hunter in 1989 or 1990. It has the correct Saxon tagging for this era but no year and no numerical size. The numbers and name are screen printed with the name on a sewn-on plate. The jersey has no modifications but shows moderate game wear with three small rips on the shoulders and chest and a one inch team repair on the right shoulder. It was obtained from Ebay in 2002.

Hunter wore this Speedline size L home jersey in 1991 for games at Frank Clair Stadium. Hunter appeared in all 18 games that season and picked off 3 passes. It features a significant v-shaped team repair that intersects the upper area of the 2 on the front of the jersey, which has been photomatched to his football card shown above. This jersey has some alterations with the sleeves being narrowed as well as shortened and hemmed. There is some pilling on the shoulders in addition to several impact marks and a second small repair on the back shoulder.

David Conrad - Fullback (Acadia)

A member of the undefeated Vanier Cup Champion Acadia Axemen in 1981, David Conrad was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2nd round (12th overall) of the 1985 CFL Draft. Conrad spent his first four seasons with the western Riders before moving to the eastern Riders in 1989, where he would also play four seasons. In his eight-year career, Conrad rushed the ball 244 times for 1,132 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was utilized on offense more often as a receiver out of the backfield during his career, catching 247 passes for 2,638 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best statistical season was 1991 when he rushed for 325 yards and a 5.8 per carry average and caught 51 passes for 589 yards.

This Speedline Athletic Wear size XL jersey can be dated to the 1989 to 1991 seasons as those were the only years that the Rough Riders used red trim around their numbers while wearing this style of jersey. I liked the additon of the red trim and thought it looked particularly sharp on the home black shirts. This jersey displays heavy game wear with 23 team repairs scattered across the garment by my count. There is also some pilling in areas on the shoulders.

Jason Garrett - Quarterback (Princeton)

Jason Garrett signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent after going undrafted in 1989. He spent two years with the Saints but never saw game action. In 1991, Garrett split starting quarterback duties for the WLAF San Antonio Riders with Mike Johnson. He completed 66 of 113 passes for 609 yards and 3 touchdowns. Later in the year, Garrett signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders where he wore these pants in 1991 as denoted by the "JG", "5" and "91" on the inner waist. 1991 was the only year that the Riders wore this style of pants with the helmet logo patch sewn on the sides. Garrett dressed for 13 games with the Rough Riders in 1991 and completed 2 of 3 passes for 28 yards.

In 1993 Garrett earned a job as a backup quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent eight seasons there and was part of two Super Bowl championship teams. Garrett then played four seasons as a reserve with the New York Giants. His final season would be in 2004 where he split time between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. In the NFL, he completed 165 of 294 passes for 2,042 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 picks. Garrett is the former head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Judging by the inscriptions on the inside of the waist, these pants were recycled for a number of players after 1991 for use in practice and training camps as the Rough Riders changed their uniform design in 1992, again in 1994, and again in 1996. These pants were also donned in practice by DB Charles Gordon (#26) in 1992 and 1993, RB Beno Bryant (#27) in 1995 and by WR Willie Hinchcliff (#82) in 1995.

Bernie Glieberman along with his son, Lonie, purchased the Rough Riders in 1992. The team's logo was updated to feature two flaming R's. I thought it was a pretty good look.

Paul McCallum - Kicker (Surrey Juniors)

After playing in the Canadian Junior Football League with the Surrey Rams, Paul McCallum went to Scotland to play pro soccer in the Scottish Third Division. He returned home and signed a deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1993 but could not beat out incumbent Paul Osbaldiston. McCallum was briefly used as a temporary fill-in by the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1993 for Terry Baker, the BC Lions for Lui Passaglia in both 1993 and 1994 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1995 and 1996 for Dave Ridgway and Frank Jagas. He returned to Scotland in 1996 to kick for the World League's Scottish Claymores and helped them to a World Bowl title. McCallum won the Roughrider's kicking job in 1997 and was a fixture there until the end of the 2005 season. He also kicked for the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws in the 2000 CFL offseason and has the distinction of scoring the first points in league history. As a Rider, McCallum kicked a CFL record 62-yard field goal in 2001. One incident did mar his time in Regina. A missed short field goal in the 2004 playoffs brought national headlines as a few hooligan fans left him death threats, egged his home and even mistakenly dumped manure on his neighbour's lawn. After refusing a pay cut following the 2005 season, the Riders released him and he returned to BC. His third stint with the Lions lasted nine seasons. He set a new standard by kicking 30 consecutive field goals in 2011 (since broken). The Lions released McCallum and he returned to Regina in 2015. The Riders cut him after the season and he was signed by BC late in 2016 for a fourth tour with the club. He was a six-time division All-Star and the CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2011.

This Russell Athletic jersey was worn by McCallum during his rookie year of 1992 in Ottawa. It has the correct tagging on it, including a hand written 1992-09 in black marker on the tag. This writing matches other jerseys from 1992. The name and numbers are screened on with the name attached to a plate. The jersey shows light game wear consistent with the 3 games McCallum played in 1992 and his position. There is some light sweat staining on the grey collar and what could be a blood stain on the front #9. This jersey was obtained from Ebay in 2007.

Wayne Walker - Wide Receiver (Texas Tech)

Wayne Walker played in just about every pro league that existed during his career, starting in 1989 with the San Diego Chargers where he caught 24 passes for 395 yards in 13 games after signing as a free agent. He did not appear in a game in 1990 and was released by San Diego in February 1991. Walker was a training camp cut of the Minnesota Vikings in 1991. The San Antonio Riders selected him in the 2nd round (14th overall) of the 1992 World League of American Football Draft. Walker had 26 receptions for 294 yards with the Riders. He went to camp with the Buffalo Bills after the WLAF season in 1992 but was let go. Walker joined the Ottawa Rough Riders later that year. In 1993, Walker caught 39 passes for 835 yards (21.4 average) and 9 majors for the Riders. He was transferred in 1994 to the Sherveport Pirates as Rough Rider owner Bernie Glieberman left Ottawa to start his expansion franchise. Walker became the Pirates all-time leader with 94 catches, 1,478 yards and 10 majors in the team's two seasons. He returned to Ottawa for 4 games in the Rough Riders final season of 1996. Over 51 games in the CFL, Walker made 148 receptions for 2,572 yards and 22 scores. Walker would finish his career playing four years in the Arena League with the Tampa Bay Storm from 1997 to 2000. In the AFL, he played in 25 games and had 84 catches and 19 touchdowns.

Walker wore this Russell Athletic size 44 jersey for road games with the Rough Riders during the 1992 season. He joined the Riders late in the year and only played in 2 regular season games. He made 3 receptions wearing this jersey during the Riders 1-point playoff loss in Hamilton. I could find no other player on the Ottawa roster in 1992 that wore #84 earlier in the season. The jersey shows light game wear with the exception of one significant v-shaped team repair that intersects the back number 4. The Riders were the only team in the league not to wear a traditional white road jersey in 1992 and 1993, opting for silver. Although I am a traditionalist when it comes to jerseys, these looked good.  

Terry Baker - Kicker / Punter (Mount Allison)

Terry Baker was an 8th round pick (65th overall) of the Montreal Concordes in the 1984 CFL Canadian College Draft. He never signed and was transferred to the Concordes Retired List in May 1984. He subsequently went to training camps over the next few years with the Edmonton Eskimos (1985), Toronto Argonauts (1986) and Montreal Alouettes (1987) but was released at all stops. He signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987 and spent three seasons with the green Riders. Saskatchewan traded Baker in March 1990 to the Ottawa Rough Riders for DL Scott Camper, P Mike Lazecki, and CB Charles McCree. The Riders started to use him as a placekicker in addition to punter in 1991. Baker spent five and a half seasons in the nation's capital before being shipped to the Toronto Argonauts in a 5-player deal that saw another punter, Wayne Lammle, come to the Rough Riders. Baker finished the 1995 season in Toronto and signed in 1996 with the Montreal Alouettes and would spend the final seven seasons of his career there. He retired after the 2002 season following 16 years in the CFL and 278 regular season games. Overall, he punted 2,031 times for a 43.1 yard average and made 455 field goals out of 631 attempts for a 72.1 conversion percentage and added 202 rouges. 

Baker wore this Russell Athletic jersey for home games with the Rough Riders in 1992. It has light wear as you would expect for a player who played his positions. There is one team repair on the back number one. Like all game worn Riders jerseys from 1992 that were used that season, the equipment staff has written the year and number in black marker on the lower hem tag. This was typically done to expediate the identification process when jerseys were stacked in a pile after being laundered.

Tyrone Shavers - Wide Receiver (Lamar)

Tyrone Shavers was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the 6th round (142nd overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He was released by the Cardinals and signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns later that year. Shavers played in his only regular season NFL game with the Browns in 1991. He signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders and wore this Russell Athletic jersey during his only season in the CFL - 1993. It has the correct tagging on it for 1992 so it was recycled from the previous year. It does not have the hand written 1992-87 in black marker on the hem tag that is present on several 1992 Rough Rider jerseys, which strongly suggests the jersey went unused that season. The name and numbers are screen printed on the jersey with the name attached to a plate. The jersey was obtained from Classic Auctions in 2012 and shows light game wear consistent with the 5 games Shavers played in 1993 when he caught 7 passes for 79 yards.

Rough Rider Game Used Pants 

This style of pants were worn in games by the Rough Riders in at least 1992 and perhaps 1993 as well. Russell outfitted the Riders in 1992 before Starter became the league-wide supplier of uniforms in 1993. Judging from the writing inside the hip of the pants, these were likely recycled by the club for use in preseason and practice by several players from 1994 until the team folded after the 1996 season including #21 Dave Dinall in 1995 and #44 DeWayne Knight in 1996. 

Lybrant Robinson - DE (Delaware State)

Lybrant Robinson entered the pro ranks as a 5th round pick (139th overall) of Washington in the 1989 NFL Draft. Robinson made the team and saw action in 5 games that season before being granted unconditional free agency status in February 1990. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in March 1990 but was released. In 1991, he made his way north and joined the Ottawa Rough Riders. His stay in the nation's capital was not without controversy, none of which his own creating. Rider coach Ron Smeltzer moved Robinson into a starting role in the middle of 1992 over high-profile but under-achieving signing Dexter Manley. Ownership intervened to have Manley reinserted to the starting lineup, which prompted the resignation of assistant coach Jim Daley. He remained with the Riders until being released in July 1994. Robinson signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders the next month and played for the club until the end of the 1997 season. Unintended controversy once again found Robinson in Regina after coach Jim Daley (the same one who defended him in Ottawa) benched him leading to a revolt by linebackers Lamar McGriggs and K.D. Williams. In his 7-year CFL career, Robinson recorded 37 quarterback sacks in 98 regular season games.

Presented here is a fabulous piece of Rough Rider history that features some extreme game action. Robinson's Starter 1993 road jersey features several customizations including a cut and repaired neck right through the CFL logo, cut and hemmed sleeves for increased freedom of movement and additional length added to the bottom of this already long jersey. Game wear is evident throughout the garment with team repairs literally all over. By my count, there are at least 30 repairs along with additional impact marks. The 1993 Calgary Grey Cup patch is attached to the left front shoulder. The game wear make this is truly a Hall of Fame worthy artifact of CFL history.

The Rough Riders were sold by the often maligned Gliebermans after the 1993 season and ownership was not the only thing to change in Ottawa for 1994. The team's long used colour scheme of black and red was replaced with a red, blue, and gold combination. It marked the first time the Riders wore red as a primary uniform colour since the 1960's. Fans in the nation's capital were not generally impressed with the change as the new colour scheme would last for just the 1994 and 1995 seasons before the more traditional black and red returned in 1996.

Nick Mazzoli - Slotback (Simon Fraser)

Nick Mazzoli was the first overall pick of the 1991 CFL Draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He bypassed the CFL at first by signing with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL but was a training camp cut. He signed with the Ti-Cats in time to play 12 games and caught 24 passes for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns. He spent two more seasons in Hamilton and signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders as a free agent in 1994. The Riders traded Mazzoli in May 1995 to the Edmonton Eskimos for safety Dan Murphy and slotback Jay Christensen. Mazzoli had his best season with the Eskimos in 1995, catching 67 passes for 1,044 yards and 8 touchdowns. He spent one more season in Edmonton and finished his career in 1997 with the BC Lions. For his career, Mazzoli played in 89 games, caught 228 passes for 3,520 yards and 18 scores. He also returned a punt to the end zone in his rookie season with Hamilton.

Mazzoli wore this Starter jersey for home games with the Rough Riders in 1994. That season, he caught 40 passes for 648 yards and 2 touchdowns in addition to returning 52 punts for 327 yards. The jersey has decent game wear with several hit marks present and two team repairs on the left shoulder. There is some peeling on the second z of Mazzoli's nameplate, a common occurence on the 1994 Rider jerseys. It was acquired from a private collector in Florida.

Brian Bonner - Linebacker (Minnesota)

Brian Bonner began his professional football career as a 9th round pick (247th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1988 NFL Draft. He was released prior to the season. In 1989, he signed with Washington and appeared in 6 games for the club. In 1991, Bonner headed north and inked a contract with the Ottawa Rough Riders. He was an East Division All-Star in his first campaign in the CFL by recording 9 quarterback sacks and recovering 3 fumbles during the season. He followed that up by notching another 4 sacks the next year. Bonner signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1993 as a free agent but was transferred back to Ottawa in mid-season. In 1995, Bonner played his final season with the Shreveport Pirates. In total, Bonner played 67 regular season games in the CFL and recorded 19 sacks.

Bonner wore this Starter size 46 long jersey for road games with Ottawa in 1994. This was Bonner's second tour with the eastern Riders. He wore #90 during his first stint with the club. The numbers and name are screened on while the logo patches affixed to the sleeves are sewn. This jersey shows moderate game wear with several impact marks and paint transfer on the shoulders. There is one team repair on the back.

Darren Joseph - Running Back (Ottawa)

Darren Joseph entered the CFL with his hometown Ottawa Rough Riders. His rookie season proved to be his best statistically as he carried the ball 119 times for 711 yards and an impressive 6.0 yards per carry average. He spent three seasons in Ottawa before being traded after the 1994 season to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for Offensive Lineman Chris Burns. Joseph spent four years in Regina and signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in March 1999. The Argos released him midway through the 2000 season but Joseph was not out of work for long and quickly signed with the Montreal Alouettes a few days later. In 2001, Joseph was back with the Argonauts. In 2002, Joseph moved to the expansion Ottawa Renegades becoming one of only a few players to play for both the Rough Riders and Renegades. He spent two seasons with the Renegades before finishing his 13-year professional playing career with BC as a late season signing before retiring after the Lions fell to the Argos in the 2004 Grey Cup in Ottawa. A valuable non-import in his career, Joseph rushed for 2,412 yards on 526 carries and 15 touchdowns.

Joseph wore this Starter jersey for home games with the Rough Riders in 1994. As is common with Riders jerseys from this set, the white covering over the letters on the nameplate are peeling with this example being more advanced than most others I have seen.

Kerry Brown - Wide Receiver (Pacific)

Kerry Brown began a well-traveled pro career with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1995. He played in 16 games that season and returned for a single game in 1996 with the team. Overall, he caught 28 passes for 441 yards and a score in the CFL. In 1997, he began an eight-year run in the Arena league with the Florida Bobcats. Midway through the 1999 season, Brown left the Bobcats for the New England Sea Wolves. He had his best season in 2000 with the Sea Wolves, catching 73 passes for 948 yards and 17 touchdowns. Brown played for the Toronto Phantoms in 2000 and 2001. He closed out his career with single seasons with the New York Dragons in 2003 and the Indiana Firebirds in 2004. Brown caught 323 passes for 4,166 yards and 79 TDs in 82 games in the Arena league. On defense, he had 6 interceptions including 3 in 2002 with the Phatoms.

This size 46 long Starter jersey was worn by Brown in 1995. It is from the Rough Riders 1994 set but appears to have only been worn in 1995. The Ottawa logger logo is sewn onto the arms. The numbers are screen printed on the jersey as is the name onto the nameplate. The white part of the name is coming off and has been sewn on in places. There is light wear on the jersey with some impact marks on the shoulders. This jersey was obtained from another collector in 2018.

Wayne Walker - Wide Receiver (Texas Tech)

Our second Wayne Walker Rough Rider jersey on the site. Walker wore this home Starter jersey when he returned to the nation's capital during the 1996 CFL season. He played in just four games that year and this jersey appropriately shows very little game wear. He caught 13 passes for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in his final CFL season. This 1996 Rough Riders jersey is a rarity in the hobby as it still has the original nameplate, Radically Canadian patch and Rough Riders commemorative patch. The majority of this final set of Rough Rider jerseys were stripped of their patches and nameplates as part of the team's bankruptcy proceedings. Despite a dismal 1996 campaign for the Rough Riders, the 1996 uniforms did bring a welcome return to the traditional black and red colour scheme.