By sharing some of the football cards from my collection, my goal is to put a spotlight on defensive backs who may have become underrated or have been forgotten by history.
Mark Carrier, FS, Chicago Bears (Pro Set 1990)
If your name isn’t Dick Butkus or Brian Urlacher, and if you didn’t play on the 1985 championship team, it’s tough to carve out a legacy in Chicago and be remembered as one of the great defenders in the history of the Bears franchise.
Urlacher had to bring the athleticism of a college safety to the iconic Bears’ middle linebacker position, stay there for 13 years, win NFL Defensive Player of the Year and make the Pro Bowl eight times just to be considered — at best — the third-best middle ‘backer to have suited up for Chicago; well behind Butkus and Mike Singletary. Continue reading
Size doesn’t mean everything in football, but it does mean something. Especially in the passing game.
The final game of my senior season in high school was against our main crosstown rival. Their quarterback that year was Isaiah Stanback, who would go on to play at the University of Washington and in the NFL. Their starting receivers were Ed Roy, older brother of Brandon Roy (who would go on to play in the NBA), and Roydell Smiley, who would go on to play basketball at USC. Ed Roy was 6-foot-6. Smiley was 6-foot-4. And then there was me, standing 5-8, starting at one cornerback spot for my team. Continue reading
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