Derrick Kelson was drafted by the New York Jets in the 11th round (279th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He did not make the club and was released. He attended training camp in 1991 with the San Diego Chargers. In 1992, Kelson played for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. The following year, Kelson signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL and intercepted a pass in the lone game he played. He remained with the Tiger-Cats in 1994 where he played in 7 contests and recovered a fumble.
Kelson wore this Wilson size 46 mesh jersey for the Surge in 1992 where he was credited with 1.5 quarterback sacks on the season. All identifiers are screened on. The garment has spandex side panels to produce a tighter fit. It has some evidence of game wear in the form of a few scattered hit marks on the shoulders.