This Kevin Faulk jersey is the only authentic one among the bunch, and obviously at this point it's quite outdated -- though Faulk is still on the roster for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Giants. I don't always remember the exact story behind how I ended up with a jersey for a particular player, but this is one case where I do.
It was the summer of 1999, and my dad and I went to see a FIFA Women's World Cup game at Foxboro Stadium, the home of the Patriots. Before the game, we visited the stadium pro shop, where they had a wall of authentic jerseys, all of that year's Patriots rookies, all for $100. Even back in 1999, NFL authentic jerseys were generally in the $200 to $250 range, so being able to get one for $100 was a good deal.
But who to get? Being a Redskins fan, I didn't have any particular Patriots players I was fond of, and I didn't have any allegiance to any major colleges to sway me toward a particular rookie. I remember narrowing my options to first-round pick Andy Kaztenmoyer, seventh-round pick Michael Bishop, and Faulk. I ended up picking Faulk because he was Marshall Faulk's cousin, and I'd remembered him being pretty freaking fun to watch at LSU. As it turned out, Faulk's career was longer than Bishop's and Kaztenmoyer's combined, and though he's never been a star, he's been a part of three Super Bowl winning teams. There are only about three dozen players in NFL history who've won four or more Super Bowl rings and Faulk (along with Tom Brady and Matt Light) could join that group on Sunday.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 190 of them, that could be awhile.