My Redskins “Art Monk” jersey (I have to put Art Monk in quotation marks, since this is an NNOB jersey from before they sold jerseys with player names on the back) was the first jersey I ever got.
I was on a vacation with my family and we visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In their gift shop, they had jerseys for every NFL team, and I was in awe. Despite the relatively high price tag for the time (I think it was $35, which in 1992 was probably enough to buy about four T-shirts for me), I convinced my parents to buy this jersey for me.
Sure, it has no name on the back, and no sleeve numbers, and it made of a crappy polyester that feels nothing like an actual football jersey (which is how Logo 7 made their jerseys well into the late ‘90s), but this Redskins jersey -- the first of my nearly one dozen Washington jerseys -- will always hold a special place in my heart.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.