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1974 Detroit Lions Jersey with Black Armband

1974 Detroit Lions Jersey with Black Armband

1971 was the first of four NFL seasons for running back Mickey Zofko, who was drafted by Detroit out of Auburn University. This white Lions jersey is significant due to the black armband on the right sleeve. While playing at home against Chicago in Week 6 that season, tragedy struck when wide receiver Chuck Hughes collapsed and died of a massive heart attack, prompting the team to wear the armbands for the remainder of the season, in which they finished with a 7-6-1 record. The jersey shows significant use. The #34 is on the front, back and shoulders, and the name ZOFKO is on the back. There's Wilson size 44 tagging on the outer tail. Zofko played three-and-a-half seasons in Motown before being traded four games into the 1974 campaign to the New York Giants. Hughes, meantime, remains the only NFL player to ever die on the field.


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