Jersey Monday: Jalen Rose

Thanks to the insanity of this year's NCAA Tournament, I don't have a natural tie-in with this year's Final Four to spotlight with this edition of Jersey Monday. Sure, I could go with my one UConn jersey, but I did a post on that last month, and it's way too early in this process to be doing repeats.

So, instead, let's go with a player who's been in the news lately, Jalen Rose.

I'm not going to rehash the whole story here, so you can do a Google search if you want to know WHY Jalen's been in the news.

Focusing on the jersey itself, I got this back in the mid-'90s, after Rose had left Michigan, but before the Wolverines made any changes to their jersey style. I also got this on clearance, because it was originally sold as an authentic from the Fab 5 years -- and like all college authentics sold during a player's career, it has no name on the back -- so it was technically "out of date".

If you look closely at the picture, you can see a bit of silver toward the bottom of the number. That's where I had Jalen sign this jersey back when he was playing for the Pacers during a trip to Boston. That means I have jerseys for three of the five Fab 5 members (along with Chris Webber and Juwan Howard), and two of them are signed. I guess I should track down Juwan and try to get him to sign that (*shudders*) Wizards jersey, to complete the trifecta. Also, anyone have a Jimmy King or Ray Jackson jersey? Anyone? Bueller?

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.