Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Toronto Argonauts

Bucky Curtis - Reciever / DB (Vanderbilt)

Earnest Jackson "Bucky" Curtis capped off a sensational college career at Vanderbilt by being named first-team All-SEC, first-team All-American and being chosen to captain the East side at the East-West Shrine game in 1951. Curtis led the nation in several receiving categories in 1950 including a 29.3 yards per reception average. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd round (26th overall) of the 1951 NFL Draft. However, Curtis was drafted into service prior to the season starting and ended up in the navy where he spent the next four years serving in San Diego. During that time, Curtis played on the Navy's service team. The Browns offered him a contract after he completed his service but were outbid by the Toronto Argonauts. In 1955, Curtis played in all 14 games for the Argos, catching 39 passes for 642 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also contributed 2 interceptions on defense. In 1956, Curtis starred for the Argos by hauling in 48 balls for 927 yards and 8 majors. He was selected as an All-Star and competed in the 1956 league All-Star game. Curtis retired after the 1956 season to honour a commitment he made to his father-in-law to work for his company in Cincinnati. Curtis was inducted to the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

This jersey was worn by Curtis for the Argos during the 1956 season. It originates from his estate where his sports memorabilia was sold including his 1955 Argonauts jersey, his 1956 CFL All-Star jersey and sideline cape, his 1951 East-West Shrine Bowl jersey and his signed 1951 NFL contract with the Cleveland Browns among other items. This jersey has about a half dozen small unrepaired holes and several areas of lighter dirt staining that failed to be fully removed from past washings. It has the correct Rawlings tagging for the era. The jersey is unique in that it has a captain's "C" sewn on the front left shoulder. This was a feature of a few teams during the time period. The above right photo was taken from the 1956 Grey Cup program and depicts (very likely) Curtis (wearing the "C") in action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I am not sure how many teams did this although team photos of the Montreal Alouettes during the decade show they had a captain and used A's for assistant captains for several seasons in the 1950s.

Rick Razzano - Linebacker (Virginia Tech)

Rick Razzano had a standout career at Virginia Tech where he set the school record for most career tackles. He was credited with a whopping 30 tackles in a single game in 1977 and elected to the school's sports Hall of Fame in 1997. After college, Razzano joined the Toronto Argonauts. He spent the 1978-79 seasons with the Boatmen, appearing in 23 games and made 4 interceptions. In 1980, he moved south and signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Razzano played five seasons with the Bengals (1980-84) and suited up for 65 regular season games for the club. During that time he picked off a pass in 1981 and had 4 fumble recoveries.

Razzano almost certainly wore this Rawlings size 50 mesh jersey for road games with the Argonauts in 1979. The Argos wore this style of jersey for two seasons, 1979 and 1980. There is evidence that two former nameplates once resided on the back of the garment. The obvious one was for a short name and has left significant glue staining across the top of the back of the jersey. Stitching also remains from a longer nameplate that once resided on the back of the garment, very likely for Razzano. During this period, the Argos donated their used game jerseys to the Etobicoke Argos junior team for use. The jerseys that survived have virtually all been stripped of their nameplates as a result. 1979 marked the first season the Argo jerseys featured the boat logo on the sleeve versus just stripes alone. Jerseys from this era for the Argos were generally all oversized and this one is big too. It has some staining and hit marks. Razzano wore #53 for the Argos in 1979 but I can find no one who wore the number for the club in 1980, the second and final season of this style. The smaller nameplate that left glue stains looks like it was a name like Herr or Zerr from the imprint left. Perhaps this jersey was recycled for preseason use in 1980. It seems very unlikely that the second nameplate belonged to a player from the Etobicoke Jr. Argos as I am unaware of any Canadian university or junior programs that used nameplates in this time period.

Bob Bronk - Fullback (Queen's)

Bob Bronk was one of four territorial exemptions of the Toronto Argonauts in the 1981 CFL Draft (Simon Fraser guard Dan Ferrone was one of the others). The Argos acquired the extra territorial pick used on Bronk in a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was the Argos rookie of the year nominee in 1982 when he ran 42 times for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns and added 39 receptions for 452 yards and another 3 scores. Bronk played five years with the Argos but requested a trade after the 1986 season to the Montreal Alouettes. He was dealt to the Als but his career came to an end when the team folded prior to the start of the 1987 season after participating in the preseason. Over his 5-year career, Bronk had 108 rushes for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns and caught 134 passes for 1,279 yards and 8 majors. Bronk won a Grey Cup with the Argonauts in 1983 although he was sidelined with an injury.

This Rawlings size 48 road jersey was worn by Bronk sometime between his rookie season of 1982 and 1984. The Argos moved their boat logo to the shoulders in 1985. The jersey has some hit marks and a couple of unrepaired tears.

William Mitchell - Linebacker (Long Beach State)      

Willie Mitchell began his pro career by attending training camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 1981. After his release from the Falcons, Mitchell signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Rough Riders later that year. He played in 3 games for the eastern Riders in 1981 and another 13 games for them in 1982 before he was released. That proved to be a mistake as Mitchell signed with the Toronto Argonauts and became an Eastern All-Star three consecutive seasons starting in 1983. Despite the recognition, the Argos released Mitchell after the 1985 season and he inked a deal with the Montreal Alouettes. He played in 15 games for the Alouettes in 1986 but the team folded during the preseason in 1987. Mitchell was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2nd round (15th overall) of the Alouettes dispersal draft. He closed out his career by playing 2 games with the Eskimos in 1987. For his career, Mitchell was credited with 10 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 5 fumble recoveries in 77 games. He also caught a pass in 1984 for 2 yards.

This Rawlings size 46 road jersey dates to the 1984 season. Mitchell played in 15 games that year and was credited with 2.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. The Argos swapped the locations of the numbers and logos on their jerseys in 1985. The font style of the number 3 does not match the jersey Mitchell wore in video of the Argos 1983 Grey Cup win over the BC Lions.

Carl Brazley - Defensive Back (Western Kentucky)

Carl Brazley was a top defensive back for many years in the CFL. He entered the league in 1980 with the Montreal Alouettes and stayed there for 10 games during the disastrous 1981 season before being released and claimed on waivers by Ottawa. Brazley would earn his first CFL East All-Star selection with Ottawa in 1982. The Buffalo Bills signed Brazley and brought him to training camp in 1983 but he was let go prior to the season. Brazley quickly returned to the Toronto Argonauts and earned his second of five consecutive CFL East All-Star selections. His best season was perhaps in 1986 when he picked off 8 passes for the Argonauts. In 1987, he signed with the San Diego Chargers and suited up for 2 games there and had an interception. In 1988, he was back with the Argos where he would play until ending a distinguished career after the 1992 season. Brazley intercepted 43 passes and recovered 18 fumbles in 171 CFL games over 12 seasons in his career.

This Rawlings size 46 home blue jersey was worn by Brazley in 1984. There is some moderate cracking on the screened on numbers and stripes. The name has been sewn on a knit nameplate and attached to the jersey. Evidence of game wear consists of several impact marks scattered across the garment. It features the City of Toronto 150th anniversary patch sewn on the left shoulder, something that was worn by the Argos for games at Exhibition Stadium in 1984. This patch was also donned by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL that same year. The jersey was acquired from a former equipment manager in the CFL. 

Lance Chomyc - Kicker (Toronto)                                 

Lance Chomyc was selected by the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 6th round (46th overall) of the 1985 CFL Draft. He failed to make the squad and was released. In July 1985, he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but was released prior to appearing in a game. Later that month, Chomyc found a permanent home as the kicker for the Toronto Argonauts. He would hold the job until the end of the 1993 season. Over a 9-year career, all with the Argos, Chomyc would make 337 of 457 field goal tries for a 73.7 percentage. He would also add 75 singles, and make 52 punts for the Argos. Chomyc was named a East All-Star on three occasions and an All-Canadian twice. He also won a Grey Cup in 1991 as the Argos defeated the Calgary Stampeders.

This Champion jersey was worn for home games in 1988, which marked the the final season Argo jerseys featured the sensational boat logo. It has light game wear, consistent with Chomyc's position. The stripes, numbers and logo are screen printed on with the Champion tags sewn.

Toronto Argonauts Game Pants

The Argonauts used this style of pants from 1982 to 1992. This version of Russell Athletic tagging was first used in 1983 and carried well into the 1990's. The pants have the number 39 written into the waist with a marker. From my research, the players who wore the number 39 for the Argos while this style of pants were worn and this tagging style intersected were linebacker William Mitchell from 1983-85, linebacker Doug "Tank" Landry from 1987-88 and linebacker Prentiss Wright in 1991.

Marcus Thomas - Defensive Back (Wyoming)

Marcus Thomas signed with the British Columbia Lions in April of 1987 as a free agent. He played sparingly in his rookie season, suiting up for 2 games. In 1988, he played in only 4 games but was highly productive as evidenced by his 4 pickoffs, 2 of which he returned to the house for touchdowns including one that went 88 yards. In 1989, Thomas played in 10 games for the Lions and he recorded another 2 interceptions. He was released by the Lions towards the end of the 1989 campaign and inked a deal with the Toronto Argonauts the following February. Thomas played in just 2 games in 1990. His final season came in 1991 with the Argos where he played in 9 games. Over 5 seasons, Thomas totalled 6 interceptions and a sack in 27 career games.

This Athletic Knit jersey was worn by Thomas in 1990 and represents a one-year style for the Boatmen. This is the only design of Argonauts jersey I know of to feature a bit of red in the design (trim around Toronto). This jersey has had the sleeves customized by having them shortened and hemmed. One hallmark this set of Argo jerseys has that is consistent with their early 1980's Rawlings sets is that they are massive and oversized, something that is evident when going back to look at video footage of the team in those years. 

Michael "Pinball" Clemons - RB (William & Mary)

Perhaps the most popular player in Toronto Argonauts history due to his immensely positive personality and work in the community, Michael Clemons began his professional career as an 8th round pick (218th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1987 NFL Draft. Clemons played in 8 games for the Chiefs and gained 7 yards on 2 rushes and returned 19 punts for 162 yards. In 1988, Clemons went to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Clemons began a brilliant career in the CFL in 1989 by signing with the Toronto Argonauts. In his first game with the Argonauts, Clemons was named the player of the game. He was dubbed "Pinball" by running backs coach Tom Cudney due to his size and unique ability to bounce between defenders. The nickname stuck and the Argonauts would routinely play The Who's "Pinball Wizard" during home games. Clemons was named the league's Most Outstanding Player in 1990 after he set a single season record for all-purpose yards with 3,300. In 1997, he surpassed this record with 3,840. Clemons retired in 2000 with a pro football record for most career combined yards with 25,396 and 12 Argo team records including career receptions. As a player, Pinball won 3 Grey Cups in his 12 seasons with the Argos. He scored 85 touchdowns, made 682 receptions for 7,015 yards and carried the ball 1,107 times for 5,341 yards. This jersey was worn by Clemons during the 1992 season as evidenced by the Canada 125 patch, which was sewn to all league jerseys during that campaign.  

Late in the 2000 season, Clemons retired to take over head coaching duties for the Argos. Pinball stepped down from coaching duties after the 2001 season but returned in the second half of the 2002 season. In 2004, Clemons led the team to its first Grey Cup victory since 1997. As a coach, Clemons finished his career with a regular season coaching record of 68-55-1 and a .552 winning percentage. 

Marvin Graves - Quarterback (Syracuse)

Marvin Graves had an excellent college career where he led the Orangemen to three Bowl victories and was the school's all-time leader in passing yards with 8,466. He signed with the Toronto Argonauts and spent two seasons with the club. As a rookie, he split time with veteran Mike Kerrigan. In perhaps his most memorable game in the CFL, he helped rally the Argos from a 36-11 4th quarter deficit to a 39-36 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 1996, Graves threw 3 passes for the Saskatchewan Roughriders before moving to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a back-up role. He spent the 1997 season backing up Tracy Ham for the Montreal Alouettes. After an absence of two seasons, Graves returned to the CFL to play for Saskatchewan in 2000 and was the team's primary starter in 2001. Over his career, Graves completed 395 of 749 passes fro 5,717 yards with 34 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.

Graves wore this Starter jersey for home games with the Argos in 1995 when he completed 52 of 113 passes for 735 yards with 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. This "Big Jason" style represented a one-year look for the Boatmen before the team went back to a more traditional style in 1996. Both of the sleeves have been cut to make them less restrictive. The jersey shows a few hit marks but not extensive game wear.

Adrion Smith - DB (Southwest Missouri)

One of's favourite players, Adrion Smith started his CFL career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1994. He was traded with DBs Gary Wilkerson and Don Odegard to Memphis for the Mad Dogs first two picks in the Las Vegas Posse dispersal draft (Anthony Calvillo and Don Robinson). Smith signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in 1996 after the Mad Dogs folded and would spend the next 10 years with the team, leaving only briefly in 1998 to attend training camp with the Buffalo Bills. Smith was a CFL All-Star twice and an Eastern Division All-Star six times with the Argos. He picked off 49 passes during his 12- year career and returned 5 of them for scores. Smith originally wore #6 with the Argos but switched to #12. My brother asked him about the switch when he met Smith at the 2012 Grey Cup. Smith decided to make the change after the former #12 (QB Kerwin Bell) left the team. When Bell returned he was apparently not pleased about Smith not surrendering it. Bell was forced to change and decided to wear #14 in his second stint with the Argos. He would be gone again long before Smith hung up the cleats after the 2005 season.

This jersey represented a new style of jersey and logo for the Argos who decided to mothball the "big Jason" set after just one season in 1995. The shoulder patches and numbers are all sewn on as is the Radically Canadian patch. Smith has autographed the nameplate in black marker.

Chris "the Comet" Cunningham - WR (SMU)

The Comet had a brief stay in the Canadian Football League, appearing in 7 games primarily as a kick returner for the Toronto Argonauts in 2004. Cunningham fielded 7 punts that season for 55 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 59 yards. On offense, Cunningham caught 10 passes for 149 yards. The Comet is the younger brother of Jimmy "the Jet" Cunningham, who starred for the Argos for two seasons in the mid-1990's and delivered a key punt return touchdown to help the team win the snowy 1996 Grey Cup. 

This Reebok size 44 home jersey has a significant hit mark on the right shoulder that you can see in the final photo below and has been photo-matched to the picture above. The Rona sponsorship patch was added after the action shot was taken. Video footage shows the Argos wearing the Rona patch in week 16 versus the Stampeders but not in week 8 against the Eskimos. This jersey comes from the inaugural set of Reebok jerseys made for the league after taking over the league outfitting contract from Puma in 2004. Reebok would regrettably modernize the CFL team looks in 2005 in what would begin the ugliest era of CFL jerseys in history. The sideline gear they made, however, looked great.

Cory Greenwood - Linebacker (Concordia)

A Presidents Trophy award winner for best defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport Football, Cory Greenwood was a 1st round selection of the Toronto Argonauts (3rd overall) in the 2010 CFL Draft. Shortly after the draft, Greenwood inked a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Although a late free agent signing, he earned a spot on the Chiefs roster and became a key reserve linebacker and special teams player in three years with the team. The Chiefs released him in May 2013 and Greenwood signed with the Detroit Lions a few days later. He spent the 2013 season on injured reserve and the Lions released him in August 2014. Late in the 2014 season, Greenwood signed with the Toronto Argonauts and played in 2 games for the team. He was an important Canadian for the club the following two seasons when healthy as he suited up for 20 games in 2015 and 2016. As a free agent in 2017, Greenwood signed with the Edmonton Eskimos but suffered a season-ending injury before it began and was released after the season. Greenwood inked a deal with the Calgary Stampeders midway through the 2018 campaign and played in 6 games.

Greenwood wore this Reebok third jersey in 2015, which can be identified through the Red Tag corporate sponsorship patch. It was purchased directly from the club at their 2017 training camp Fan Day and features some game wear in the form of a few black hit marks on the shoulders. This alternate jersey was part of Reebok's Signature Uniforms, where alternate jerseys were made for every CFL team in an initiative that was announced in 2013. The Argos wore this style for the first time in 2014 (for two games). Most teams phased out the Signature Uniforms rather quickly with the Argos last donning this style during the 2015 season after just its second season of use.