Back in the summer of 1995, Deion was coming off his successful one-season stint with the 49ers and was playing baseball with the Reds. On July 21, 1995, Sanders was part of an eight-player deal between the Reds and 49ers, sending him to San Francisco in both sports. At the time he was technically a free agent in football, but I was convinced that because he was playing baseball in San Francisco, he'd re-sign to play football in San Francisco, so I convinced by parents to buy me this jersey -- the NFL 75th anniversary throwback style -- while we were on vacation in Wisconsin.
Obviously that didn't happen, and Sanders ended up signing with the Cowboys, but that didn't stop me from wearing this jersey out (as you can see in the picture). Finally, a couple years ago, I took the plunge and upgraded to a Mitchell & Ness authentic throwback, complete with the 75th anniversary patch on the front (not pictured, since I take rear-view photos of all my NOB jerseys).
Now, of course, I've ended up with a different problem -- I like the jersey too much to wear it often. When I picked my fave 5 NFL jerseys a few years ago, it ended up #2. So why'd I re-buy the white version instead of trying to get the red version? A couple reasons:
- I got a GREAT deal on this jersey on eBay
- I wanted to directly replace the replica I had, rather than get ANOTHER 49ers Deion jersey, since he only played 14 regular season games and 3 postseason games for the franchise.
- The red jersey was the one they wore in the Super Bowl, and for personal reasons, I have bad memories of that Super Bowl.
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. The next few weeks will spotlight my Deion Sanders collection.