Game Worn Football Jersey

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

Atlanta Falcons



Willie Germany - Defensive Back (Morgan State)



Journeyman defensive back Willie Germany was a seventh round selection (166th overall) of the Washington Redskins in the 1971 NFL Draft.  He did not make the squad and signed with the Atlanta Falcons where he played 12 games in 1972.  In 1973, Germany played with the Detroit Lions, appearing in 6 games for the season.  In 1974, Germany patrolled the defensive backfield for the upstart World Football League's Philadelphia Bell.  Germany spent the 1975 season with the Houston Oilers, playing in all 14 games of the season and intercepted 2 passes.  Germany also recovered two fumbles, one of which was returned for a 48-yard touchdown.  He would go on to play one final season in 1976, suiting up in 10 contests for the New England Patriots.  This rare Sand-Aire jersey was used in the 1972 season.  From pictures, it appears the Falcons used two sets of jerseys, one with three-quarter cut sleeves and another set of short sleeved jerseys.







Frank Reed - Safety (Washington)



Frank Reed was drafted in the 8th round (219th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1976 NFL Draft.  He became a starter immediately and picked off 3 passes as a rookie.  In 1977 he was part of the Falcons' Grits Blitz, one of the all-time great defenses in NFL history.  The team's new defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville installed a swarming, blitz-heavy system that instantly paid dividends.  The Grits Blitz defense allowed a NFL record 129 points (it was still a 14-game season back then) during 1977 with virtually the same personnel that yielded 312 points in the previous season.  The 9.2 average points allowed per game was a mark even the 1985 Chicago Bears could not match.  Still the team only managed a 7-7 record due to a weak offense that scored an average of less than 13 points per game.  Reed would spend the next three seasons with the Falcons and wrappred up his Falcons career with 6 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, and one safety.  Before the 1980 season, the Falcons dealt Reed to the Green Bay Packers along with linebacker Dewey McClain in exchange for safety Steve Luke and a draft pick.  Reed never suited up for the Packers in the regular season.  This jersey features some scuffing and one team repair on the left shoulder.