Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Memphis Mad Dogs

Jarvis Perry - Running Back (Roman)

Jarvis Perry played college ball at NCAA Division III Rowan University where he earned a second team All-Conference selection in 1991 and first team All-Conference honors in 1992. He only spent a brief time in the CFL in 1995 with the expansion Mempis Mad Dogs. He logged 8 carries for 19 yards and caught 1 pass for 5 yards in 4 games for the Mad Dogs. He also saw some action in the secondary adding 3 defensive tackles and another 4 tackles on special teams. After his time with the Mad Dogs, Perry signed with the Dallas Cowboys in April 1997 and participated in their training camp that year but was released prior to the season. Perry later played semi-pro ball with the West Deptford Broncos in the American Football Association.  

Chris Gardner - Kicker (Mississippi State)

Chris Gardner's stay in the CFL was a brief one, wearing each of these jerseys in just one regular season game (and presumably one more game each in the preseason). He made the Mad Dogs roster out of training camp and suited up week 1 on the road against the Calgary Stampeders, where he made a 49-yard field goal. The next week, Gardner would play his final CFL game in the Mad Dogs home debut at the Liberty Bowl. Memphis lost 31-13 to the BC Lions where he would miss four field goal attempts and was replaced by former University of Memphis standout, Joe Allison. Overall, Gardner made 4 out of 10 field goal attempts in his two games. The Mad Dogs continued to struggle in the kicking game as they would move on from Allison (1 of 3) after one game and quickly discard Donald Igwebuike (3 of 7) before Nick Mystrom (37 of 47) solidified the position. Gardner has coached for several seasons with the Northwest Rankin Cougars high school team in Mississippi. The Mad Dog jerseys were notoriously long and as you can see, the bottoms have been cut off of both of these.

Richard Holt - Linebacker / DB (Arizona)

Richard Holt made his pro debut with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 1994, three years after playing his last college game with the Arizona Wildcats in 1991. He previously earned a tryout with the NFL's New York Jets. In 11 games that season, he recorded 45 tackles and picked off 3 passes in addition to making 7 receptions (2 for touchdowns) on offense in helping the Rattlers win the franchise's first Arena Bowl championship. In 1995, Holt signed with the CFL's expansion Memphis Mad Dogs. He returned to the Rattlers in 1996 and intercepted another 3 passes and racked up 53 tackles in 13 games. In his final season in 1997, Holt played in 4 games and was credited with 7 tackles for the Rattlers. 

This Starter size large jersey was worn by Holt in 1995. Holt played in just 2 games for the Mad Dogs, making 6 tackles. This jersey is unique in two ways. First, Memphis used full mesh jerseys with only the shoulders and sides being of normal material. Second, this jersey is of the design with the number on the front being small and on the left breast with the Mad Dog logo dominating the bottom right. Birmingham and Toronto used this same jersey design in 1995. The numbers and logo are screen printed on. The name is screen printed on to a sewn on nameplate. The sewing that attached the nameplate on this home jersey is straight and on the away jersey, it is zig zag. The home nameplate also is sewn to the solid shoulder material only while on the away jersey, the name plate bottom is sewn to the mesh body of the jersey. The jersey has Starter tagging in the collar but no year and no numerical size on the hem label. The jersey has the old style CFL neck logo. The jersey actually has very little wear and no shortening or tape under the arms. I suspect this jersey was game prepared, but not customized or used.  

This Starter jersey size unknown was worn by Holt for road games in 1995. It has Starter tagging in the collar but no year and no numerical size in the hem because it has been shortened. The jersey has the old style CFL neck logo and still has a piece of tape in the left underarm to pull the arm cuff tight. There is a bit of tape residue on the right arm pit but the tape is no longer there. It is possible that the elastic cuffs were removed as Holt's green home jersey still has them present. The jersey actually has noticeable game wear with over 20 impact marks and a small tear on the left shoulder. The game wear seems heavy for a 1 or 2 game only jersey but there is no evidence of a name change and we could find no other Mad Dogs player being issued number 37 in the team's sole season of existence. Perhaps Holt just liked to mix it up out on the field. This jersey was obtained from Grey Flannel Auctions in 2011.