Having played his entire amateur football career in the state of Colorado, Brundige became an instant sensation as hometown boy come to elevate the team back to the success of its early Big Eight conference prosperity. “Big Bill” was an influential force the minute he showed up in Boulder. Towering 6’5” and a svelte 260lbs, the Holyoke native was born to don the Black & Gold of the Buffaloes. Winning two Bowl games and being named a 1969 AP All-American during his college service, his signature game was a dominating 5 sack and a late safety performance against the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1970 Liberty Bowl. Such a game would catch the eye of legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who was now in the midst of turning around the Redskins franchise. Selected as Lombardi’s first pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, Brundige would start his rookie season and go on to play eight seasons for the Burgundy & Gold. While “sacks” wouldn’t become an official NFL stat until 1982, most Redskins historians would credit “Big Bill” with numerous double-digit sack seasons. His most memorable moment would occur in the 1973 Super Bowl against the undefeated Miami Dolphins, blocking Garo Yepremian’s 42 yard field goal try which led to Mike Bass’ return for a touchdown. This play, and many others would earn Brundige a spot on the “70 Greatest Redskins" list in 2002.
The offered jersey is a relic rarely offered in public auction. The size 48 Champion cotton specimen features light game use with shoulder pad wear and six button crotch strap. The pristine piece has front, and reverse White numbering “77” and sleeves display Gold & White Northwestern striping. An amazing collectible from an All-American, and Redskins legend.
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