Smith, Timmy

Cards: Topps 1988, ProSet 1990 SuperBowl XXII, ProSet 1990 SuperBowl Supermen
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 2/19 Received: 4/24/20 (65 days)

Timmy Smith was a speedy little dynamo out of Texas Tech. He rushed for 1,313 yards on 292 carries, scoring 7 times, while catching 41 passes for 401 yards and a TD over 28 games in Lubbock. Checking in at 5′ 11″, 216, the Redskins loved his athleticism and speed and took a flyer on Timmy in the 5th round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

Timmy’s quick rise and fall was meteoric to say the least. Entrenched at 3rd string behind George Rogers and Kelvin Bryant, Timmy saw little playing time during the regular season in his rookie season in 1987. It’d be in the postseason that he saw the most success. Running behind The Hogs in a backup capacity, little Timmy rushed for 66 yards against the Bears, and then 72 against the Vikings, to help lead the team to the Super Bowl. He earned the starting nod for Super Bowl XXII and rushed for a Super Bowl record 204 yards and 2 TDs.

The Redskins went into camp in 1988 with Timmy as the starter, but after a holdout, he reported to camp a bit out of shape. He then had a pretty rough season, and lost his starting job to a combination to Kelvin Bryant and Jamie Morris.

With Plan B in full swing, Timmy was left unprotected and signed with the San Diego Chargers in ’89. Again, Smith faced a rough offseason, sprained his knee in camp and then a physical altercation with a girlfriend led to his release outright from the squad.

Timmy made a valiant effort to turn his playing career around. With the Cowboys still rebuilding their squad after the Herschel Walker trade, a concerted focus was placed on the runningback position. Timmy was signed by the Cowboys and I had high hopes he’d make things happen, but with stale overall preseason performances by the RB stable, the Cowboys decided to trade the Oilers for Alonzo Highsmith. Timmy was released. He was brought back for the regular season just briefly to play in the opener against San Diego but was soon thereafter cut again as Timmy blew out his neck and hold out Emmitt Smith finally signed his contract.

Timmy popped up briefly once again in 1994 in training camp of the CFL Baltimore Stallions, but did not make the squad.

He was arrested in 2005 for selling cocaine to undercover officers, trying to make a quick buck to help out struggling family members after Katrina. After a few years in prison, give Timmy credit as he got his life together and is now an energy salesman. He travels back and forth between Colorado and Texas with regularity, and loves his wife and kids.

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Williams, Andre

Cards: Topps Valor 2014, Topps 2014 Chrome, Leaf Draft 2013, Topps Valor 2014 Strength, Topps Fire 2014, Topps Flashback 85 Chrome 2014
Acquired: IP 2020, Houston Roughnecks/ Tampa Bay Vipers Scrimmage, Houston Roughnecks Season Ticket Holders Party

Andre Williams quietly put himself together quite a ledger while playing his college ball for Boston College from 2010-2013. During his Senior year he ran 355 times for 2,177 yards and 18 TDs, earning the Doak Walker award for his efforts in 2013. He was also a unanimous All-American. Williams parlayed his efforts into a 4th round selection by the New York Giants.

Andre had a solid rookie year with 721 yards and 7 rushing TDs, including a 131 yard effort against the Titans. Surprisingly after a poor performance in 2015, Andre was released by the team. He’d earn his way onto the starting roster with the Chargers in 2016, running for 87 yards in the season finale. He’d see sparse playing time for the team in 2017 on and off the practice squad and then as an injury casualty to end the season.

Williams was selected in the 9th round of the XFL player draft by the Houston Roughnecks in 2020. The Roughnecks under head coach June Jones exclusively ran the Run N Shoot offense, so there was just one back in the backfield. Andre split time in the backfield with James Butler. In 5 contests, Andre rushed 23 times for 92 yards. It’s a shame that the XFL ended when it did, as Williams had his best game in the finale against Seattle, rushing 10 times for 54 yards in the Roughnecks 32-23 win.

With a lot of Run N Shoot style backs available to the Roughnecks in the XFL Draft, I was surprised the Roughnecks selected Williams. Nonetheless I snuck him onto my XFL fantasy squad, figuring that he’d eventually he’d see the lion’s share of carries.

Andre had a stack of great cards that were produced in a very short period of time. He’s got a pretty solid graph too, with some nice loops and a strong hook on the S at the end. I really liked his Topps Valor cards. They really pulled out all the punches at the end on that set, and artistically it has a lot of merit.

The first time I got Andre’s autograph, Lance and I caught him as he was leaving the field after the Vipers scrimmage. He was very nice, and graciously signed a stack of card for me. At the end of our conversation, he blessed me- which made me respond accordingly and thank him for his time.

I think I just had one more card of him left for the Roughnecks Season Ticket Holder event the weekend before the first game. He was interviewed by the FOX Sports team and as he left the stage signed this final card for me.

Luc, Jeff

Card: Topps AAF 2019
Acquired: 2019
Failure: 2019, C/o Home

An intriguing, big bodied wall of a linebacker clocking in at 263, Jeff Luc was a force to be reckoned with in the Atlanta Legends #1 ranked defense in 2019. He recorded 32 tackles (18 assists), 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in 8 contests before the AAF folded.

Jeff went undrafted after playing college at Florida State (2010, 2011) and Cincinnati in (2013, 2014). He really came into his own as a Senior amassing 133 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 4 pass deflections, and 5 forced fumbles.

He’s seen time on off season, preseason rosters, and practice squads of the Miami Dolphins (2015), New Orleans Saints (2015), Bengals (2016), Jets (2017), CFL Stampeders (2017), and CFL Argonauts (2017-2018).

Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.