Game Worn Football Jersey 

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


Ottawa Rough Riders

Doug Seymour - Defensive Tackle (Missouri)

Doug Seymour was selected by the British Columbia Lions in the second round (13th overall) in the 1977 CFL Draft. He would play his first four seasons in Vancouver. Midway through his fifth year in 1981, Seymour was traded by the Lions to the Ottawa Rough Riders for the Riders' first round pick in the 1982 CFL Draft. The Rough Riders were not good in 1981 but their 5-11 mark was enough for second in the CFL East Division. They advanced to the Grey Cup with an upset road win over the 11-4-1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where they were heavy underdogs to the Warren Moon led Edmonton Eskimos. In one of the most memorable Grey Cup games in history, the Riders stunned the Eskimos in the first half by jumping out to a 20-1 lead before the Eskimos rallied in the second half to win 26-23 while being aided by a controversial offensive pass interference call against a hobbling Rider great Tony Gabriel. Seymour would play for the Riders in 1982 and one game in 1983. For his career, Seymour appeared in 82 games. Seymour passed away in 2005. This road jersey experienced heavy use as evidenced by over 20 repairs.

Cedric Minter - Running Back (Boise State)

Cedric Minter entered the CFL as a free agent by signing with the Toronto Argonauts in 1981. He earned the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as the CFL's East Divison Rookie of the Year by rushing for 815 yards on 182 carries and 3 touchdowns while catching 28 passes for 371 yards. Minter followed this up with a second CFL East All-Star nod in as many seasons by making 61 receptions for 828 yards and 5 majors and running for 563 yards on 120 carries and 7 touchdowns. Minter rushed for 599 yards and added another 444 through the air with the Argos in 1983 but capped off the season by scoring on a pass from Joe Barnes with 2:44 remaining to give the Argonauts the go-ahead score and their first Grey Cup win in 31 years. Minter signed with the NFL's New York Jets in 1984 and spent two seasons there rushing for 159 yards and catching 10 balls. In 1986, Minter rejoined the Argos for 4 games late in the season. That offseason, Minter was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders for quarterback Gilbert Renfroe. Minter wore this jersey for road games with the Rough Riders in his final pro season in 1987. With the Riders he carried the ball 150 times for 627 yards and 7 scores and added 37 receptions for 327 yards. The "60" patch is for former Rough Rider Jim Coode, who passed away from ALS in June 1987. Coode played seven seasons for the Riders and was the CFL's most oustanding offensive lineman in 1978. Amazingly, Coode played his final season in 1980, one year after being diagnosed.

Daniel Hunter - Cornerback (Henderson State)

"The Cricket" began his pro career with tryouts with the USFL's Los Angeles Express and NFL's Dallas Cowboys. In 1985, he made the Denver Broncos roster as a free agent and picked off one pass while appearing in all 16 games. Hunter started the 1986 season in Denver and played 10 games there before moving onto their AFC West rival San Diego Chargers for 5 contests. Hunter played his last season in the NFL with the Chargers in 1987 and recorded one sack in 12 games. Hunter signed with the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders in August 1989 and would play for them through July 1993 picking off 15 passes and notching 3 sacks. He was picked up off of waivers by the BC Lions in 1993 and played in 4 games for them. Hunter would finish his pro career in 1994 with the expansion Shreveport Pirates where he would pick off 3 passes in 16 games. This jersey features a major team repair on the top of the 2 on the front of the jersey, which appears to match the picture in his football card shown on the upper left.

David Conrad - Fullback (Acadia)

A member of the undefeated Vanier Cup Champion Acadia Axemen in 1981, David Conrad was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second round of the 1985 CFL Draft (12th overall). Conrad spent his first four seasons with the western Riders before moving to the eastern Riders in 1989, where he would also play four seasons. In his eight-year career, Conrad rushed the ball 244 times for 1,132 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was used more often as a receiver out of the backfield during his career, catching 247 passes for 2,638 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best statistical season was 1991 when he rushed for 325 yards and a 5.8 per carry average and caught 51 passes for 589 yards. This jersey can be dated to the 1990 or 1991 seasons as those were the only two years that the Rough Riders used red trim around their numbers while wearing this style of jersey. It is also littered with roughly 20 repairs.

Jason Garrett - Quarterback (Princeton)

Jason Garrett signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent after going undrafted in 1989. He spent two seasons with the Saints but did not see any game action. In 1991, Garrett split starting quarterback duties for the WLAF's San Antonio Riders with Mike Johnson. He completed 66 of 113 passes for 609 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Riders. Later in the year, Garrett signed with the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders where he wore these pants in 1991 as denoted by the "JG", "5", and "91" on the inner waist of the pants. 1991 was the only year that the Rough Riders wore this style of pants with the helmet logo patch on the sides. 

Garrett dressed for 13 games with the Rough Riders in 1991 and completed 2 of the 3 passes he attempted for 28 yards and fumbled once. Garrett would land on his feet as a backup quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys, where he would spend eight seasons and be part of two Super Bowl championship teams. Garrett would then spend four seasons as a reserve with the New York Giants. His final season would be in 2004 where he would spend time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins roster. Over his NFL career, Garrett completed 165 of 294 passes for 2,042 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Garrett moved into coaching and is currently the head football coach with the Dallas Cowboys. 

Judging by the inscriptions on the inside of the waist of the pants, these pants were recycled for a number of players after 1991 for use in practice and training camps as the Rough Riders changed their uniforms designs in 1992, again in 1994, and again in 1996. Judging by the inscriptions on the inner waist, these pants were also donned in practice by defensive back Charles Gordon (#26) in 1992 and 1993, running back Beno Bryant (#27) in 1995 and by wide receiver Willie Hinchcliff (#82) in 1995.

Bernie Glieberman along with his son, Lonie, purchased the Rough Riders in 1992. The team's logo was updated to a flaming R's look. I thought it was a pretty good look.

Wayne Walker - Wide Receiver (Texas Tech)

Wayne Walker played in just about every pro league there was during his career, starting in 1989 with the San Diego Chargers where he caught 24 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown in 13 games after signing as a free agent. Walker did not appear in a game in 1990 and was released by San Diego in February 1991. He went to camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 1991 but did not make the squad. Walker was selected by the San Antonio Riders in the 2nd round (14th overall) of the 1992 World League of American Football Draft. He caught 26 balls for 294 yards and a touchdown for the Riders. He signed with the Buffalo Bills after the WLAF season in 1992 but was cut after training camp. Walker signed late in the season with the Ottawa Rough Riders and appeared in 2 games with 3 catches. In 1993, Walker caught 39 passes for the Rough Riders for 835 yards (21.4 average) and 9 touchdowns. He was transferred in 1994 to the Sherveport Pirates as Rough Rider owner Bernie Glieberman left Ottawa to start his expansion franchise. He caught 43 balls in 1994 for 688 yards and 4 TDs and made 51 catches for 790 yards and 6 scores for the Pirates in 1995. Walker ended up back in Ottawa for 4 games in 1996 and added 13 receptions for 240 yards and 3 TDs in the Rough Riders final season. Walker would finish his career in the Arena League with the Tampa Bay Storm (1997-98 and 2000). In 3 seasons with the Storm, Walker had 84 catches and 19 touchdowns.

Terry Baker - Kicker / Punter (Mount Allison)

Terry Baker was an 8th round pick (65th overall) of the Montreal Concordes in the 1984 CFL Canadian College Draft. He never signed and was transferred to the Retired List in May 1984. He subsequently went to training camps over the next few years with the Edmonton Eskimos (1985), Toronto Argonauts (1986), and Montreal Alouettes (1987) but was released at all stops. He signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987 and spent three seasons with the green Riders. Saskatchewan traded Baker in March 1990 to the Ottawa Rough Riders for defensive lineman Scott Camper, punter Mike Lazecki, and cornerback Charles McCree. Baker spent five and a half seasons in the nation's capital before being shipped to the Toronto Argonauts in a 5-player deal that saw another punter, Wayne Lammle, come to the Rough Riders. Baker finished the 1995 season in Toronto and signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 1996 where he would spend the final seven seasons of his career. He retired after 16 years in the CFL, playing in 278 regular season games. Overall, he punted 2,031 times for a 43.1 yard average and made 455 field goals out of 631 attempts for a 72.1 conversion percentage and added 202 rouges. Baker was not used as a placekicker until the 1991 season with Ottawa. He wore this jersey for home games with the Rough Riders in 1992.

Rough Rider Game Used Pants Circa 1992-93

These pants were worn in games by the Rough Riders in either 1992 or 1993, perhaps both years. Judging from the writing inside the hip of the pants, these were likely recycled for use in preseason and practice by several players from 1994 until the team folded after the 1996 season including #21 Dave Dinall in 1995 and #44 DeWayne Knight in 1996. The Rough Riders wore different styles of pants for games during these seasons.

Lybrant Robinson - DE (Delaware State)

Lybrant Robinson entered the pro ranks as a 5th round pick (139th overall) of the Washington Redskins in the 1989 NFL Draft. Robinson made the team and saw action in 5 games for the team that season before being granted unconditional free agency status in February 1990. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in March of 1990 but was released prior to playing a regular season game for the club. In 1991, he had made his way north and signed with the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders, appearing in 7 games. Robinson's stay in the nation's capital was not without some controversy, none of which his own creating. Rider coach, Ron Smeltzer moved Robinson into a starting role in mid-season of 1992 over high-profile but under-achieving signing Dexter Manley. Ownership intervened to have Manley reinserted to the starting lineup, which prompted the resignation of assistant coach, Jim Daley. Robinson remained with the Riders until being released by the club in July 1994. Robinson signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders the next month and remained with the club until the end of the 1997 season, his final in the league. Unintended controversy once again found Robinson in Regina after coach Jim Daley (the same one who defended him in Ottawa) benched him leading to a revolt by linebackers Lamar McGriggs and K.D. Williams. In his 7-year CFL career, Robinson recorded 37 quarterback sacks in 98 regular season games.

This is a fabulous piece of Rough Rider history that features some extreme game action. This Starter 1993 jersey features several customizations including a cut and repaired neck right through the CFL logo, cut and repaired sleeves to add additional motion and additional length added to the bottom of this already long jersey. Game wear is evident throughout the garment with team repairs literally all over. By my count, there are at least 30 team repairs scattered across all areas of the jersey along with impact marks. The 1993 Calgary Grey Cup patch is attached to the left breast. The game wear make this is truly a Hall of Fame worthy artifact of CFL history.

The Rough Riders were sold by the often maligned Gliebermans after the 1993 season and ownership was not the only thing to change in Ottawa for 1994. The team's long used colour scheme of black and red was replaced with a red, blue, and gold combination. Fans in the nation's capital were not generally impressed with the change as the new colours would last for just the 1994 and 1995 seasons before the team's traditional red and black returned in 1996.

Nick Mazzoli - Slotback (Simon Fraser)

Nick Mazzoli was the first overall pick of the 1991 CFL Draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He bypassed the CFL at first by signing with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL but was a training camp cut. He signed with the Ticats in time to play 12 games and caught 24 passes for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns. He spent two more seasons in Hamilton and signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders as a free agent in 1994 where he wore this jersey for home games. With the Riders that year, he caught 40 balls for 648 yards and 2 majors. He also returned 52 punts for 327 yards. The Riders traded Mazzoli in May 1995 to the Edmonton Eskimos for safety Dan Murphy and slotback Jay Christensen. Mazzoli had his best season with the Eskimos in 1995, catching 67 passes for 1,044 yards and 8 TDs. He spent one more season in Edmonton and finished his career in 1997 with the BC Lions. For his career, Mazzoli played in 89 games, caught 228 passes for 3,520 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a score in his rookie season with Hamilton.

Brian Bonner - Linebacker (Minnesota)

Brian Bonner began his professional football career as a 9th round pick (247th) overall of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1988 NFL Draft. He was released prior to the season. In 1989, he signed with the Washington Redskins and appeared in 6 games for the club. In 1991, Bonner headed north and inked a contract with the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders. He was an East Division All-Star in his first campaign in the CFL by recording 9 quarterback sacks and recovering 3 fumbles during the season. He followed that up by notching another 4 sacks the next year. Bonner signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1993 as a free agent but was transferred back to Ottawa in mid-season. Bonner wore this jersey for road games with Ottawa in 1994. In 1995, Bonner played his final season in the CFL with the Shreveport Pirates. In total, Bonner played 67 games in the CFL and recorded 19 sacks.

Darren Joseph - Running Back (Ottawa)

Darren Joseph entered the CFL with his hometown Ottawa Rough Riders. His rookie season proved to be his best statistically as he carried the ball 119 times for 711 yards and an impressive 6.0 yards per carry average. He spent three seasons in Ottawa before being traded after the 1994 season to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for Offensive Lineman Chris Burns. Joseph spent four seasons in Regina and signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in March 1999. The Argos released him midway through the 2000 season but Joseph was not out of work long by quickly signing with the Montreal Alouettes a few days later. In 2001, Joseph was back with the Argonauts.  In 2002, Joseph moved to the expansion Ottawa Renegades becoming one of only a few players to play for both the Rough Riders and Renegades. He spent two seasons with the Renegades before finishing his 13-year professional playing career with B.C. as a late season signing before retiring after the Lions fell to the Argos in the 2004 Grey Cup in Ottawa. A valuable non-import in his career, Joseph rushed for 2,412 yards on 526 carries and 15 touchdowns over 13 seasons. Joseph wore this jersey for home games with the Rough Riders in 1994. It marked the first time the Riders wore red as a primary colour since the 1960's. As is common with Riders jerseys from this set, the letters on the nameplate are peeling.