This item is from Phil Tuckett’s personal collection. It took several decades within his career to amass these rare collectibles at events. The highlight is that it includes autographs of the most prominent entertainers, historical figures, and sports players Tuckett met along the way.
Presented from Tuckett is a Mitchell & Ness Chargers jersey autographed by his teammate Lance Alworth. The jersey is a blue 1963 throwback and is a [size] 48. It was autographed on the back numbers by Alworth and features several inscriptions as well as a personalization, “To Phil Tuckett My Charger teammate – In appreciation & admiration” – “Bambi” – HOF ’78.”
Phil Tuckett suited up for a single game for the San Diego Chargers in 1968, and his time as a professional football player consisted of a year-and-a-half spent mostly on the Chargers practice squad. One might surmise that Tuckett’s contribution to professional football was minimal, and they would be correct, until taking into consideration that after retiring as a player Tuckett spent the next 38 years working for NFL films. Tuckett won 30 individual Emmy Awards in 30 years while with NFL films documenting the NFL. Of particular note, Tuckett worked directly with Ed Sabol, the man who started and was a huge part of NFL Films.
Of note, during Tuckett’s short Chargers experience he was most impressed by Lance Alworth. He said, “Lance Alworth was the kind of gifted natural athlete that maybe Michael Jordan was in basketball. He was just that better than everyone else. He had that fluidity and grace and leaping ability as well. And then he played hard. He was just a tough competitor. People called him Bambi because he was so fluid when he ran, but you look at his footage, there has never been a tougher guy caching the ball over the middle and taking his punishment with a big smile on his face.”
Authentication: JSA Full Letter
Lance Alworth Signed Jersey
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