After being converted from outside linebacker to cornerback by USC, Greg Coauette would be a free agent signee with the Los Angeles Rams in 1989. After not making the squad, Greg would be drafted by the Sacramento Surge of the WLAF during the 5th round of the league’s positional draft in 1991.
He’d lead the Surge secondary that season, grabbing first team All- WLAF honors at strong safety- despite only playing in 8 games, losing the final two contests to a groin injury. Coauette would have a banner season in 1991, notching 4 sacks, 3 interceptions and 40 tackles for the squad paired up with Tom Gerhart. After the season he’d hang up his cleats and retire.
With such a unique last name, the internet made it exceedingly easy to track down Greg to get his autograph on these two cards. I was happy that he responded in less than 30 days where he thanked me for the extra cards for him to keep that reminded him of his time in the league.
He currently lives in the Rancho Murieta area in California, and is a Sargent of the Sacramento Sheriff’s department. Greg also enjoys coaching the defense on the police force’s charity football versus firefighters event every year (PIG Bowl/ Guns Versus Hoses).
ProSet found a pretty nice shot of Greg stalking the secondary for its card. It’s interesting to note that many of their cards focus on the eye level of the players and attempted to ignore the vacant stands. Greg’s Ultimate WLAF card is not so complimentary with him just sort of walking to probably fetch a Gatorade during a commercial timeout on the field. I like the general design though of the Ultimate card (minus the folding paper edges) and it feels acceptable to break a design tenant by utilizing vertical type in this fashion.
G/Gs 10/8 Tac 40 Sac 4.0 Fum 0 Int 3 Yds 24 Avg 8.0 Td o