Just three seasons removed from the franchise’s last championship, the Philadelphia Eagles stumbled to 2-10-2 and, citing an injury-plagued season endured by Sonny Jurgensen, traded their star quarterback to the Washington Redskins. Far from through, Jurgensen silenced all doubters and went on to a prolific career, winning three NFL passing titles in the Nation’s Capital. In the circles of game-worn gridiron apparel, few relics will ascend to the plateau of this battle-tested item: a Washington Redskins home jersey worn by Jurgensen during the 1966 season.
Collectors and Redskins enthusiasts, alike, will find few, if any, mementos of this vintage and Hall of Fame status. The maroon dureen pullover garment features “9” sewn to the front, back and sleeves in white twill. Simple garments from a simple era, pre-1970 Redskins jerseys did not feature players’ names on the backs as the NFL waited a full 10 seasons to follow their AFL counterparts.
The left side seam’s interior is home to a swatch with “66” chain stitched in white numerals. On the front tail, two rows of three buttons each remain, though the crotch flap has long since been removed. This is consistent with Jurgensen gamers, as he traditionally removed the crotch flaps for the sake of comfort.
Evidence of game wear is solid, with puckering about the twill components and faint stains throughout. Donned by Jurgensen during his third year with the 'skins, this jersey hails from a season during which the Hall of Fame signal caller paced the NFL in completions (254) and passing yards (3209) and engineered fourth-quarter comebacks to win battles against St. Louis, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Impeccable provenance accompanies in the form of a LOP signed by Sonny Jurgensen (JSA witness protection sticker attached) and the jersey’s original recipient, a former University of Maryland student who acquired the jersey directly from Duey Graham. The son of former Redskins coach Otto Graham, Duey Graham was a punter for the University of Maryland football team and a friend of the consignor.