Monday, July 18, 2011

Jersey Monday: Junior Seau

I'm going to San Diego later this week, and I do have a Chargers jersey packed in my bag. However, it's not this one. I got this Junior Seau jersey when I was in high school, and suffice to say it no longer fits me.

It's kind of hard to tell from this picture, but if you look closely at the left sleeve, you can see the hint of a Starter logo. Most of the early jerseys in my collection are either Champion or Starter, which were the two most prominent companies making NFL replicas back in the early-to-mid-'90s (on the NBA side, Champion was the ONLY company making them, which is why pretty much all of my pre-'00s NBA jerseys are from them).

Looking at this picture, I realize I couldn't have worn this jersey very often, because the back numbers are way too far intact. The jerseys from this era that were a regular part of my rotation have drastically faded back numbers; back then the screen-printing process put a solid number over the mesh fabric, and over time the part of the number that was over a hole would pop off, leading to pealing.

I think part of the reason that I didn't wear the jersey often is that I wasn't a huge Seau fan -- I only got this one to check a team off my list, and the Chargers weren't exactly loaded with stars back in those days. Seau was probably their only player who had any type of national recognition, and until recently, if you wanted a jersey of a team, you pretty much had to go with the small set of players the league selected for you (being able to choose from the entire roster, or even customize any name or number on a replica, is a development that only happened in the last five years or so).

Oh, as for which Chargers jersey I will be bringing to San Diego? It was the very first I ever spotlighted on Jersey Monday.

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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