Card: ProSet WLAF 1991
Acquired: In Person 1992, San Antonio Riders v. Birmingham Fire
Failure: TTM 2010, C/o Home
Willie Bouyer played along such notables as Andre Rison, Bobby McAllister and Lorenzo White while playing for some of the last great Michigan State Spartan football teams. Originally a free agent signee by the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted in 1989, Bouyer would play in one game, making one reception for 9 yards that season, and then spend the whole 1990 season on the practice squad.
In 1991, Head Coach Chan Gailey and the Birmingham Fire would make him their first round choice of the positional draft and he’d become established as the team’s #1 receiver and speedster, making 28 receptions for 456 yards and a strong 16.3 yard average. Willie would score 2 touchdowns that season, both against Orlando in which he caught an 87 yard bomb and a 21 yarder to key the team’s 31-6 victory. Against the Dragons in the playoffs Bouyer would make 9 catches for 115 yards in a losing effort.
Willie would continue to play in the WLAF in 1992. He’d have an impressive sophomore campaign making 57 receptions for 706 yards leading the team once again in receptions and yards but would go without a touchdown. Willie made some spectacular plays over the 2 seasons with the Fire and was an important target for quarterbacks Mike Norseth, Brent Pease, and Eric Jones. Bouyer then would sign with the Eagles in 1992 after the dismantling of the WLAF, but did not make the team. Later Willie re-emerged with the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL USA in 1993 and 1994. He’d make 15 receptions for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns in 1994 and retired from professional football after the season.
I had located a card or two of Bouyer that I had in my collection that wasn’t signed and sent it to the address listed for him on the Meiselman list, hoping for a reply, but at the time of this post he has not responded and it is assumed that the cards are lost. Listed below are his WLAF statistics.
G/Gp N/a Rec 85 Yds 1162 Avg 13.7 Td 2 Lg 87t