Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

San Diego Chargers

Lee Williams - DT (Bethune-Cookman)

Lee Williams began his career with the USFL's Los Angeles Express in 1984 where he racked up 13 quarterback sacks in 14 games. The San Diego Chargers acquired his NFL rights by making him their 1st round selection (6th overall) in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players. This draft was initiated in an attempt to head off bidding wars for future free agents (including Reggie White and Steve Young). Williams signed with the Chargers in 1984 and would play 7 seasons with the team. He started every game he appeared in during his final six years with the club. In all, Williams would play in 100 regular season games with the Bolts and amassed 65.5 sacks with the club. In 1991, the two-time Pro Bowler moved to the Houston Oilers and played his final three seasons (1991-93) with the club. Williams played in 40 regular season games with the Oilers and had 17 sacks there bringing his career total to an impressive 82.5 in the NFL. He posted four years of double-digit sacks with 15 in 1986, 11 in 1988, 14 in 1989 and 11 in 1992. 

This long-sleeve MacGregor Sand-Knit durene jersey was made for use in cold weather games for Williams in 1989, a season where he was named to The Sporting News All-NFL 1st Team. From what I can tell, the Chargers were the second-last NFL team to use durene (the Steelers would continue to use the fabric into the late 1990's). The jersey has the proper tagging and has screened on name, numbers and shoulder logos. Hand-warming pockets have been built into the front of the jersey. It is unclear if the Charger durenes from the late 1980's were ever actually used in a game. This jersey shows no discernible game use. I have seen several others in the hobby that appear to have been prepared for game use but with little or no evidence of game wear.