Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jersey "Monday": Joey Galloway

Monday Night Football Matchup: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Well, I totally spaced on posting a jersey this Monday for Jersey Monday. Why? Well, maybe because this wasn't exactly the most compelling of Monday Night Football matchups. Last year this was a battle for the NFC West, as sad as that may have been (both teams finished 7-9), but with the resurgence of the San Francisco 49ers this season, neither team is in line to do much of anything.

I chose to spotlight the Seahawks this week well in advance of the game, so this isn't just me picking the winner. I actually own two Seahawks jerseys, and one of them is of the current style, but I'm showing this Joey Galloway replica from the late '90s because the current Seahawks jerseys are horrid and they never should have changed from the style pictured here.

In large part because I have this jersey, I've always associated Galloway with the Seahawks, even though he only played five of his 16 NFL seasons with the team. Yes, that's tied for his longest stint with any team, but his highest profile years came in Dallas and his actual most productive years came in Tampa Bay (let's pretend his stops in New England and Washington never happened... it's for the best).

2011 is actually Galloway's first season out of the league since he was drafted, but because of those dismal years with the Pats and 'Skins, and a disappointing final season in Tampa, it feels like he's been gone for longer. His last truly meaningful year came in 2007. He finished his career with 701 receptions for more than 10,000 yards, but somehow never made the Pro Bowl. I really have no idea how that happened, outside of a stacked receiver pool throughout his career.

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. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.

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