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    1980 Billy Sims Game Worn Rookie Jersey. In his junior year at the University of Oklahoma, Sims set the Big Eight Conference single-season rushing record of 1,762 yards on 231 carries, averaging an unheard of 7.6 yards per carry and earning the coveted Heisman Trophy for his efforts. Offered here is the jersey he wore two years later, as a rookie running back for the Detroit Lions, where he continued his winning ways with close to 2,000 total yards and sixteen touchdowns, earning him a well-deserved Pro Bowl appearance and Rookie of the Year status. The dozens of gnarly team repairs that coat the upper half of this white mesh gamer tell us that this success came at a price, and leave no doubt that it featured prominently in Sims wardrobe that debut N.F.L. season. Number "20" is screened on the white mesh body at front, verso and shoulders, with "Sims" sewn in blue tackle twill to rear nameplate. The jersey is custom-cut and hemmed at the tail above the tag line. Sims gives the hobbyist an option to display either side of the jersey, as he adds a perfect black sharpie autograph, tagged "1980 ROY" to both front and verso. Acquired directly from a close friend of Sims. LOA from Dan Knoll, Dave Bushing & Lou Lampson/ SCD Authentic.

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    May, 2005
    14th Saturday
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