Rick Arrington started his professional football career by making the Philadelphia Eagles' squad in 1970 as an undrafted free agent. He saw action in six games that year as veteran Norm Snead’s backup. In 1971, Arrington split time as the Eagles’ starter with former Calgary Stampeders signal-caller Pete Liske and played in ten of the club’s fourteen contests. In 1972, the Eagles drafted Florida QB John Reaves in the first round, which dropped Arrington to third on the team’s depth chart. He played in one game that season. Arrington appears to have spent time on the Eagles roster behind Reaves and new acquisition Roman Gabriel in 1973 but never saw game action. Over his career, Arrington played in 17 games, all with the Eagles, completed 97 of 204 pass attempts for 950 yards with 3 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions. His daughter, Jill, is a well-known sportscaster and reporter having spent time at ESPN, Fox and TNN when the latter network aired Arena football.
This style of jersey was worn by the Eagles from 1969 to 1973. The Sand-Aire mesh has sewn-on numbers and features a Pearson distributor tag. The sleeves were shortened with a pair of scissors and never hemmed. In addition, the right shoulder sports a significant repair. There is no evidence of a NFL 50th Anniversary patch worn by all teams in 1969 ever being affixed to the jersey so this particular garment was likely never worn by another player before being issued to Arrington.