Game Worn Football Jersey

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

Montreal Alouettes

Ed George - Offensive Tackle / Guard (Wake Forest)

Ed George was drafted in the 4th round (80th overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers but signed instead with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.  He would play his first five seasons of pro football there.  George initially played left tackle but was shifted inside to guard in 1973.  George would help the Alouettes win Grey Cups in 1970 and 1974 during his stay in Quebec.  He was named a CFL East All-Star in all five seasons in Montreal and an All-Canadian in each season from 1971 to 1974.  This helmet is from the 1974 season in which George was honoured by winning the first Schenley Award as the League's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

In 1975 George moved south and signed a deal to play with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL.  He played one season and played in 12 games there before spending the next three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles where he suited up for all 44 regular season games for the team during that time.  George returned to the CFL in 1979 and finished his career with two seasons playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  George was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Peter Dalla Riva - Tight End/Slotback (Oakville Black Knights CJFL)

One of the all-time greats in Montreal Alouette franchise history, Peter Dalla Riva earned an invite to the team's training camp in 1968 with the very limited experience of playing just one season of junior football.   He became a mainstay on offense during the most successful era in franchise history at the time.  In his 14 seasons, Dalla Riva played in 197 regular season games and caught 450 passes for 6,413 yards and 54 touchdowns.  His most productive seasons came in a three-year run from 1975 to 1977 where he caught over 50 balls each year.  He was a  three-time league all-star and had his number retired by the Alouettes in 1981.  Dalla Riva played in six Grey Cups, winning three and was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

This jersey features a significant amount of stickum stains, which still retain a bit of tackiness decades later.  There are also a few hit marks present.  This may have been part of a second set of jerseys introduced late in the season for the Alouettes.  The jersey dates to the 1978 season as that year coincides with the introduction of this style of Russell tag.  The Alouettes added numbers to their sleeves in 1979 and put the team logo on the sleeves starting in 1980.

Vince Ferragamo - Quarterback (Nebraska)

Vince Ferragamo transferred from the University of California, Berkeley to Nebraska to gain playing time after sitting behind Steve Bartkowski.  The move paid dividends as he was an All-American in 1976 and earned the nod as The Sporting News College Football Player of the Year.  The Los Angeles Rams chose him in the 4th round (91st overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft.  He saw limited duty his first two years before he took over for veteran Pat Haden midway through the 1979 season and guided the Rams to Super Bowl XIV.  The Rams led the game early in the fourth quarter before falling 31-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Ferragamo followed that up with what would be his best statistical season in 1980, throwing for 3,199 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Rams.

Ferragamo spurned the Rams after the 1980 season to sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL as part of a spending binge by new Alouettes owner Nelson Skalbania.  Skalbania also lured wide receivers Billy "White Shoes" Johnson from the Houston Oilers and James Scott from the Chicago Bears.  Also signing deals with Montreal were first round NFL draft picks in defensive lineman Keith Gary and running back David Overstreet.  Reports pegged Ferragamo's deal with the Alouettes to be worth $400,000 a season plus incentives while the Rams were said to have offered $300,000.  The 1981 season was a disaster for the Alouettes as the team went 3-13 with Ferragamo being benched for veteran Canadian signal-caller Gerry Dattilio.  He ended the season completing just 51% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.  The Rams also suffered in 1981 season without Ferragamo, posting a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1972.

Ferragamo was released from his contract with the Alouettes and returned to the Rams for the 1982 season and played there through 1984.  He put up another 3,000 yard passing season in 1983.  Injuries ended Ferragamo's season prematurely in 1984 due to a broken bone in his right hand.  The Rams signed veteran CFL quarterback Dieter Brock to be the starter before the 1985 season and dealt Ferragamo along with a draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for tight end Tony Hunter (the 12th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft).  Ferragamo put up poor numbers with the Bills in 1985 with 5 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions and he ended his pro career as a backup for the Green Bay Packers in 1986.

Gerald Alphin - Wide Receiver (Kansas State)

Gerald Alphin was undrafted by the NFL and signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986.  He was released but immediately displayed game-breaking skills with the Montreal Alouettes after signing in September.  Alphin played 6 games in 1986 and had 20 catches averaging a lofty 20.5 yards per reception.  Alphin moved to Ottawa following the Alouettes' folding during the 1987 preseaon and had his first of four 1,000 yard seasons.  He was an Eastern All-Star in 1988 with 64 catches 1,307 yards and a 20.4 yard average.  Alphin caught 64 balls in 1989 for an average gain of 21.6 yards.  His 1,471 yards receiving that year represent a Rough Rider record.  The NFL took notice and Alphin played 16 games over 1990 and 1991 with the New Orleans Saints and caught 4 passes in 1990.  After failing to make the Dallas Cowboys roster in 1992, Alphin returned to the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  In his first full season back in 1993, Alphin had his final 1,000 yard season with 55 catches for 1,052 yards.  Alphin posted a career high 73 catches in 1994 for 994 yards.  Alphin was released after 9 games in 1995 by the Bombers despite catching 32 passes.  He latched on with Baltimore for his final 4 games in the league in 1995 and caught 9 balls with the Stallions, who would win the Grey Cup.

Jason Bryant - Linebacker (Morehouse College)

A star safety at Morehouse College, Jason Bryant was a four-year starter for the program and never had fewer than 5 interceptions in a season.  He finished his college career with a school record 25 career pickoffs.  Bryant went undrafted by NFL teams but the Philadelphia Eagles had him in a mini-camp and he attended training camp with the Arizona Cardinals.  From there, Bryant signed as a free agent with the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions in February 1995.  Initially a special teams player, Bryant found his way into the Stallions’ starting lineup midway into the season when 1994 CFL Rookie of the Year, Matt Goodwin, suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of the lineup.  Bryant picked off a pass in his first pro start with the Stallions against the Memphis Mad Dogs.  Bryant moved with the Stallions to Montreal in 1996 as the Alouettes were reborn.  Bryant does not appear to have played in 1997 but returned in 1998 for one final season with the BC Lions.  Over his CFL career, Bryant played in 39 regular season games and won a Grey Cup with the 1995 Baltimore Stallions.  He intercepted two passes, one for Baltimore and a second for Montreal that he returned for a touchdown.