Jeremy Staat was awarded the Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the PAC-10 in 1997 prior to being drafted in the 2nd round (41st overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1998 NFL Draft. He suited up for 29 games over three seasons with the Steelers. In 2001, he went to training camp with the Seattle Seahawks. He signed with the St. Louis Rams and appeared in 3 games for them in 2003. In 2004, he finished his pro career with a brief stint in the Arena league with the Los Angeles Avengers where he was credited with a half sack and a pass catch for 12 yards. Staat served in the United States Marines after his playing days concluded and saw active duty in Iraq.
This Nike size 50 durene road jersey was worn by Staat in the 1999 season. The Steelers would be the last team in professional football to use durene jerseys for games, a shame as they always looked great. I believe this one is from the last set of durenes they used. The jersey shows solid game wear with five team repairs along with many impact marks scattered across the garment. All numbers, name and logo patch are stitched on. A Steelers certificate of authenticity remains attached in the collar.