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    1950's-60's Chicago Bears Game Worn Sideline Jacket with Possible Attribution to Brian Piccolo.
    Perhaps only Rudy Ruettiger, the diminutive dreamer of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, earned as many fans for his relatively limited talents in the sport as this hardworking but undersized fullback out of Wake Forest. Piccolo was born on Halloween of 1943, the costume of his dreams always the uniform of an NFL franchise. But despite leading the NCAA in rushing during his Senior season, the six-foot tall, 205 pound rusher went unselected in the 1965 draft, the scouts united in their belief that the young man was neither large enough nor fast enough for the sport's highest level.

    Undeterred, Piccolo tried out as a free agent in 1965, but made it no further than the taxi squad. The following season, the first possible vintage of the presented jersey, Piccolo realized his aspiration of a roster spot, though his play was primarily restricted to special teams. In 1967 he finally made it into the Bears backfield as a back-up for Gale Sayers, carrying eighty-seven times for 317 yards. His first touchdowns, a pair of them, would come in 1968, the most productive season of his brief career, and the last possible year this jersey saw use. It was during the ninth game of the 1969 season that the Bears sideline was stunned to see its faithful warrior voluntarily bench himself. The fateful diagnosis of cancer was the result of his medical examination, and less than a year later, at age twenty-six, Piccolo succumbed to his illness.

    Presented here is a tremendously styled navy blue jacket that sports Piccolo's famed number "41" on the left sleeves in orange tackle twill. Exhibiting heavy wear throughout, it has a "King O'Shea" tag in the collar, which dates back to the 1950's. Most likely carried over to be worn throughout the 1960's, it can possibly be attributed as having been worn by the gridiron legend, but we would like to qualify that statement by saying that numbered sideline jackets aren't always worn by a certain player sporting a matching jersey number. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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