Jersey Monday: Reggie Geary

The 2011 NCAA Tournament has cut the field from 68 to 16, and one of the Sweet 16 still standing is Arizona. The Wildcats pulled off a mild upset over Texas yesterday, giving me the perfect opportunity to spotlight one of my more random college jerseys.

How did I end up with an authentic jersey of a relatively random Arizona player who spent parts of two seasons in the NBA? Well, back in the mid '90s, Nike would regularly put out authentic jerseys of their top schools, using a senior as the featured player. In 1996, Geary was that senior. The problem with choosing a senior was that the number had to be changed every year, whether the jersey style changed or not (however, this being Nike, the style changed more often than not anyway). That's how this jersey ended up in a massive lot of clearance jerseys at Marshall's where I was working in 1997. I actually bought the jersey as Miles Simon was leading Arizona to the 1997 national title, thinking I would remove one of the '4's on the jersey to make it match Simon's number. I never did get around to that though, so this jersey retains its Geary status.

I actually have the matching pair of authentic shorts for this jersey, though those are pretty beat up since I used them as gym shorts for my last year of high school and most of college. Still, it makes this one of only a handful of jerseys for which I can say I have a true full uniform.

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.

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