By sharing some of the football cards from my collection, my goal is to put a spotlight on some defensive backs who may have become underrated or even forgotten by history.
Gill Byrd, CB, San Diego Chargers (Pro Set 1990; Pro Set 1991)
As I begin writing this post, it appears that the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers will be leaving their respective cities to relocate to Los Angeles for the next NFL season and beyond. But by the time I’m done writing, that could change and it could be the Rams and the Oakland Raiders on the move. All three franchises are in play, at the moment it appears only the Rams are a lock for L.A.
The Rams (originally from Cleveland) called Los Angeles home from 1946 to 1994. But if the Chargers do wind up joining them in L.A., it would also be a homecoming of sorts. The Chargers franchise debuted in L.A. as a member of the old AFL for just one season, 1960, before moving to San Diego in 1961. Continue reading
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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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This column is my way of reminiscing and perhaps educating a reader or two about some defensive backs that may have been forgotten by history or underrated. And I’ll do it by sharing some of the football cards I’ve picked up in my new hobby of replicating the card collection I had as a kid.
Today’s feature: Aaron Glenn, CB, New York Jets (Donruss 1997)
Every defensive back knows the deal. When you operate on the fringes of the world’s TV screens — literally and figuratively outside of the scope of the majority of the audience — your times in the spotlight are rare. You become a household name either by making big plays, or by having big plays made against you, and one big play on a very big stage can, for better or worse, become the signature moment of your career. That’s just how it is. Continue reading