Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Nick Miller - DB (Winnipeg Light Infantry)

Nick Miller played his entire 12-year career that started in 1953 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was part of four Grey Cup champion squads with back-to-back wins in 1958-59 and 1961-62. He played 129 regular season games for the Bombers and made 13 interceptions. Miller was also utilized on offense in the backfield in 1957 and gained 146 yards on 23 carries. He won the Tommy Lumsden Memorial Award in 1963 as the Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian. Miller was inducted into the Blue Bombers Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. 

This durene game worn jersey represents a rare one-year style worn by the Blue Bombers in 1964, Miller's final season. This King O'Shea jersey sports the correct tagging by the company for the period. It was a acquired from a long-time CFL staff member who obtained the garment directly from Miller and held it in his collection for many years. It has some dirt stains on the front four and a couple repairs.

Tom Walker - Running Back (Laurier)

Tom Walker began his career by suiting up for 3 games in 1973 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. A durable performer, Walker played in 83 games over six seasons for the Blue Bombers and never missed a game from 1974 through the end of his career in 1978. He totaled 439 yards on 85 carries on the ground and caught 19 passes for 239 yards in the CFL.

Walker wore this Harv-Al Sportswear jersey sometime between 1976 and 1978. This style of Harv-Al tag matches those seen on the 1976-77 and 1977-78 sets of Winnipeg Jets game jerseys (but not the 1975-76 or 1978-79 seasons). There are a few threads on the inside of the upper back that indicate it once had a nameplate that was stripped off. The number 32 has been written on the lower tag in black marker, a common practice of the Blue Bomber equipment staff for years. Walker played for the Blue Bombers from 1973 to 1978. No one wore #32 for the Bombers again until fullback Bruce Wilkins in 1981 but by then the team had migrated to a new style of jersey that saw the addition of team logos to the sleeves in 1980. It has vinyl numbers, a trademark of Harv-Al. This jersey shows solid game wear with five repairs including a large one on the left shoulder along with several hit marks.

Late 1970's Cold Weather Knit - Multiple Players

This cold weather Medalist Sand Knit size 50 road jersey with hand-warming pockets dates to the late 1970's. This tagging style was used by Sand Knit from 1976 to 1979. The Bombers likely kept a knit set of jerseys for late season games and recycled them for several years similar to what the Stampeders and Eskimos did during the time period. The team's equipment manager has written the number on the lower hem tag, a Bomber trademark, for ease of identification when jerseys are stacked in a pile. Players who wore #29 and may have worn this jersey for games between 1976 and 1979 include defensive back Lee Benard (Manitoba, 1976-77) wide receiver Joey Walters (Clemson, 1977), non-import defensive back Ray Clark (Simon Fraser, 1977-78), defensive back Martin Mitchell (Tulane, 1978-79), and corner Frank Dark (Virginia Union, 1979). It was very much a revolving door of players for that number with the Bombers during that stretch.

Dieter Brock - Quarterback (Jacksonville State)        

Dieter Brock was behind 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan on the depth chart at Auburn and transferred to Jacksonville State. He was not selected in the World Football League draft in 1974 and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prior to the NFL draft that year. Brock moved into a starting role in 1975 when Chuck Ealey was dealt to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and developed into one of the top players in the league. In 1981, Brock inked a lucrative 5-year, $1.2 million reported contract with the Bombers. However, after the USFL started to ratchet up player salaries in the US, Brock held out of training camp in 1983. He returned to the Bombers for the first 6 games of the year before leaving and was suspended. Winnipeg dealt Brock in a blockbuster trade to the Tiger-Cats for another future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Clements. He played out the rest of 1983 and 1984 with the Ti-Cats before opting out of his deal. In the CFL, Brock completed 2,602 of 4,535 passes for 34,830 yards with 210 TDs and 158 INTs. He was the league’s passing leader in 1978, 1980-81, and 1984. 

As a free agent, Brock signed a reported 4-year, $2.1 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams. He got the team off to a sparkling 7-0 start in 1985 with Eric Dickerson in the backfield. As a 34 year-old NFL rookie, Brock set a Rams record by completing 59.7% of his passes but was shut down in a 24-0 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears in the NFC title game. The next year, Brock was injured in preseason and the Rams acquired the rights to QB Jim Everett from the Houston Oilers early in the 1986 season, unofficially ending his tenure with the team. Everett was the third overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft but declined to sign with the Oilers due to the presence of Warren Moon. Brock was officially released on waivers by the Rams in December 1986.

Brock, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1980 and 1981, was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1995. 1980 marked the first year Bomber jerseys featured a sleeve logo with that first season featuring a special design commemorating the team's 50th anniversary. The numbers and stripes are screen printed-on with the logo patch sewn on the sleeves. The jersey was acquired from a former CFL equipment manager.

John Bonk - Center (Burlington Braves Jr.)

John Bonk began his pro career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a linebacker in 1972. He was dealt by the club during the following season to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in exchange for defensive back Peter Ribbins. Bonk originally played linebacker with the Bombers as well before being switched to the offensive line. The transition paid dividends as Bonk developed into one of the top offensive lineman in the league. Bonk remained a fixture with the Bombers until retiring after the 1985 season and never missed a game during the 1974 to 1984 campaigns. He was a CFL All-Star in each of his final four seasons and was the CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1984. During his career, he played in 206 regular season games. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Bonk wore this Harv-Al size XXL jersey for home games at the very least sometime during the latter half of his fine career. This one has seen better days. There are three tears including one that is quite large in the left sleeve. The right sleeve has a strip actually ripped off the bottom. There are plenty of impact marks present along with a nice-sized repair in the left shoulder. The back also has one rip in it. Given the unrepaired slits, perhaps this was a game jersey that was used for practice later on. The colour is quite faded from normal Bomber jerseys, perhaps from wash wear or the sun and may be another indication that it was used for practice. Actually, this lighter blue seems to me to be a better look than the normal dark hue. The v-neck has been customized, likely for the neck roll Bonk wore. There is an abundance of cracking on the sleeve stripes. There is no nameplate but there are a couple small holes where one would have been sewn and removed. The number "43" has been written in black marker on the hem tag, a long practice of the Bomber equipment staff. The sleeve logo is a patch that has been sewn over the stripes. The earliest that I am aware of Harv-Al using this tagging is in 1978 from the Winnipeg Jets game jerseys. The first year this logo appeared on the Bomber sleeves was 1981. I am not sure if this is an older jersey with the patch sewn on later or if the Bombers also sewed the logo patches on in 1981 or later before screening them on. Either way, it dates to 1978-79 or the early 1980s but not 1980.

John Hufnagel - Quarterback (Penn State)

John Hufnagel went 26-3 as a starter at Penn State before he entered the pros as a 14th round selection (348th overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 1973 NFL Draft. He did not see the field in 1973 but saw action in a total of 9 games in 1974 and 1975, completing 22 of 61 passes for 357 yards, a TD and 9 interceptions. Hufnagel moved north and spent the next four seasons (1976 to 1979) with the Calgary Stampeders, splitting time as a starter with Joe Pisarcik and Ken Johnson. In 1980, he began a three and a half year run with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and shared time as the team's starter with Joe Barnes, Joe Adams and Homer Jordan. During this era in the CFL, quarterbacks often shared playing time. Hufnagel was moved to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers midway through the 1983 season and would remain there until the end of the 1986 season as the backup to Tom Clements. He would close out a 12-year career in the CFL as a player with Saskatchewan in 1987. Over his CFL career, Hufnagel completed 55.5% of his 2,694 passes for 21,594 yards with 127 touchdowns and 131 interceptions.

Since leaving the playing field, Hufnagel has had a long career as a coach and front office executive in the sport. He is currently the General Manager of the Calgary Stampeders and served as the team's head coach from 2008 through 2015 where he led the team to a winning percentage over .700 and won the Grey Cup twice. From 1988 to 2006, he held coaching positions in the CFL, Arena league and NFL, including a three-year stint as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

Tyrone Jones - Linebacker (Southern)

Ty Jones started his pro career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1983 and made an instant impact with 17.5 sacks as a rookie. He registered double digit sacks in his first five years in Winnipeg, including 20.5 in 1984. In 1988, Jones signed with the NFL Phoenix Cardinals and played 1 game that year. He was released and returned to the Bombers in 1989. Jones closed out his career with single seasons in Saskatchwan in 1992 and BC in 1993. He will always be remembered as a very vocal player. Jones played in 153 CFL games and racked up 110 sacks. He anchored a Bomber defense won Grey Cups in 1984 and 1990. Jones was the MVP in the 1984 title game with a four-sack performance. Jones still holds Winnipeg's all-time sack record with 98 and won the Schenley Award as the CFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. Sadly, Jones passed away in 2008 after a battle with brain cancer. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Should have happened sooner.

This Champion jersey is littered with repairs and wear from games. It features screened on numbers and sleeve logos. The bottom front of the collar has been cut to provide extra room. There are a few smaller stains on this mesh jersey as can be seen in the photos. The jersey dates to sometime in the 1987 to 1989 seasons. Champion outfitted the entire league starting in 1987 and was the supplier for the Bombers for three seasons.

Less Browne - Defensive Back (Colorado State)         

Less Browne was one of the all-time greats in the CFL. He got his start with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL after being their 13th round pick (284th overall) in the league's 1984 draft. He spent time on the team's developmental roster but was released prior to being activated for a game. Browne signed as a free agent with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and picked off 33 passes for the Tabbies in four and a half seasons before being released after the 1988 campaign. He signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos in March 1989 but was released in camp and inked a deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Browne intercepted 27 balls in 3 seasons in Winnipeg before being dealt to the Ottawa Rough Riders in May 1992 for slotback Gerald Wilcox. He picked off 11 passes in his lone season in the nation's capital and was dealt to the BC Lions in April 1993 along with OT Rob Smith and LB Patrick Wayne for offensive linemen Carl Coulter and Chris Gioskis, K Wayne Lammle, CB Joe Mero, and LB Mark Scott. Browne spent two seasons in BC where he intercepted 16 passes before retiring after the 1994 season.

Browne was a six-time CFL All-Star and remains pro football's career leader in interceptions with 87. He also ranks second in career interception return yardage with 1,508 (behind only Ed Reed). He was a two-time runner-up for the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year Award (1986 and 1994). Browne still owns single season interception records for Winnipeg (14), Ottawa (11), and BC (11). For some bizarre reason, he was not elected to the Hall of Fame for a few years after he became eligible. Eventually, he was enshrined in 2002. Browne spent time as an assistant coach with the Blue Bombers and even hosted the Less Browne All-Star Party at the Grey Cup, which I attended in 2002.

This Speedline Athletic Wear size L home jersey was worn by Browne during the 1990 season. It has the Blue Bomber 60th anniversary patch sewn on the right shoulder. Browne's number 15 was written in marker on the lower left front of the jersey by a member of the Bomber equipment staff. The jersey has elastic cuffs on the sleeves and shows evidence of game wear.

Chris Tsangaris - Linebacker (Long Beach State)      

Chris Tsangaris was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2nd round (12th overall) of the 1992 CFL Draft. He would play three seasons there and became a mainstay on special teams. In 1995, Tsangaris signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts but was only there for 6 games before being traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders with kicker Wayne Lammle and guard Mike Jovanovich for kicker Terry Baker and guard Scott Douglas. Five games into the 1996 season, he was dealt once again, this time by Ottawa to the Montreal Alouettes for receiver Joe Kralic. Tsangaris was traded a third time in 1997, this time to the BC Lions but missed the entire season (his last) due to injury. In his career, Tsangaris played in 62 games.

Tsangaris wore this road Starter size 48 jersey for the Bombers in 1993. Starter made great looking uniforms for the teams while they were the league's outfitter. Tsangaris played in all 18 of the Bombers games in 1993 and was primarily used on special teams where he was credited with 30 tackles. The jersey shows good game wear with nine team repairs, numerous impact marks and several instances of paint transfer present. The right shoulder exhibits the most wear with portions of the numbers displaying erosion. There is also some piling present on the back of the neck.

K.D. Williams - Linebacker (Henderson State)

Kevin Dewayne Williams began his pro career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1995. He spent two seasons in Winnipeg collecting 10 sacks and 5 interceptions. The Bombers traded Williams along with S Jason Mallett and DE Horace Morris prior to the 1997 season to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for LB Sheldon Benoit, CB Nick Ferguson and G John James. The Riders shipped him out in a locker room cleansing with fellow LB Lamar McGriggs to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a draft pick and future considerations midway through the 1997 season. Williams played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe and collected 2.5 sacks in the spring of 1998 before being a camp cut of the Dallas Cowboys later that year. He spent eight weeks of the 1998 season on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. The Oakland Raiders signed Williams and he beat out six-year veteran James Folston for the starting job at strongside linebacker in 1999. Williams had a sack and an interception in 9 games in his lone season with the Raiders. He then spent two years with the Green Bay Packers, dressing for 28 games. Williams was once again in the CFL in 2002, splitting his final season between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Williams had 15 sacks and 5 interceptions in 53 CFL games and was a league All-Star in 1996. 

Williams wore this Starter size 48 long road jersey during his rookie season of 1995. It marked the first year of a uniform redesign by the Blue Bombers where they shifted to darker blue and gold colours along with a new lighting bolt added to their logo. Not a bad look. This jersey shows moderate game wear with several hit marks and three team repairs. It has the 1995 Grey Cup patch sewn on the left front shoulder and the Manitoba 125th Anniversary patch sewn on the opposite shoulder, both of which have stitching that has come loose in spots.