Early American Football Jersey
In the Beginning.
In American football today, there are 35 television angles, instant replay, the targeting rule, the run/pass option, the zone blitz. Today, the gladiators take a scientific approach to their epic battle.
But in the beginning, the game was nearly banned by Teddy Roosevelt for its violence. Goal line scrums could take 15 minutes. Young men would emerge from the pile with a face that was at best, bloody, and at worst, caved in. Early uniforms incorporated handles so that the behemoths could carry the ball carrier like a battering ram. In 1905, eighteen men (a conservative estimate) died playing football.
Remember when you were a kid and your great grandfather spouted nonsense about walking to school backwards in twelve feet of snow with no shoes on? Or how he nearly had his right arm ripped off while scoring a touchdown for Yale?
It was all true.
Early American Football Jersey (No. 5648). We altered the sleeve striping to reflect a time when bragging rights and survival were the same. Made with pure cotton jersey knit. Crew neckline crosses at center front. Quilted yoke. Rib at neckline and sleeve cuffs. Yarn-dyed stripes on sleeves with matching self-fabric elbow patches. Imported.