A picture-perfect representation from the close of a brilliant career

    1962 Bobby Layne Game Worn Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey, MEARS A10. The numbers only tell half the story. Though this Hall of Fame quarterback could have coasted to Canton on his stat line alone, teammates and opponents alike pointed to Layne's leadership and intestinal fortitude as his enduring legacy in the sport. Layne may be best remembered for his nine seasons of service to the Detroit Lions, a franchise he led to four divisional and three NFL titles during his time under center, but a year after coach Raymond "Buddy" Parker left to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers Layne followed him there, supplying him with five more years of gutsy play.

    Presented is a jersey exhibiting solid wear from the final tour of duty in Steeltown, and in the professional game, a period during which Layne put the finishing touches on the numbers listed on his bronze plaque. The single-season attribution is made possible by the appearance of Layne's fabled double-twos on the sleeves of this black durene jersey, a feature absent from those uniforms worn during the first four years of his Steelers tenure. Layne would lead the team to a nine and five finish in 1962, good enough for second in the NFL East, passing for 1,686 yards and nine touchdowns.

    We see the evidence of a full season at the helm in the heavy puckering of the yellow tackle twill numerals, the front bearing heavy abrasions, the abrasions to the back numerals appropriately lighter. The six-button crotch piece holds the jersey tagging: "Rawlings [size] 46," a "Pittsburgh Sports Shop" label, and a washing instructions tag.

    It has been reported that Layne was deeply hurt when he was traded to the Steelers for Earl Morral, commenting, "I'd like to win a Championship for the Steelers and for myself to shove down Detroit's throat." Though Layne was never successful in that goal, many believe Layne's ugly departure cursed the Motor City gridiron, which has not enjoyed a Championship since.

    The offered jersey remains in 100% original and unaltered condition, the final factor in MEARS highest assessment. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from consignor.


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