Daniel, Eugene

Card: ProSet 1990
Acquired: TTM 1993, Colts Blitz

Speedy defensive back Eugene Daniel was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 8th round of the 1984 draft. Another one of these Louisianan products to sneak through to the NFL from LSU, Eugene Daniel was a highly underrated cornerback during his career and was considered a long shot to make the team roster. He turned out to be a complete cover corner, that had the speed to play both man to man defense and zone coverage. His NFL debut would be a splash, making 14 interceptions over 1984-1985. Over the rest of Daniel’s career he wouldn’t come close to attaining those numbers, but was relied on for his durability and consistency as a cover cornerback who could fence the run. Eugene Daniel and Wayne Capers in 1985 would be the first team duo from the Colts to be named defensive and offensive players of the week together against the Packers that season. In 1986, he’d recover a blocked punt and return it for a touchdown against the Falcons. It would prove decisive as the Colts would win 28-23 and kick off a 3 game winning streak for the team. Eugene in 1993 would also make a critical interception of Boomer Esiason that would lead set up the game winning score against the Jets. It would be his only pick of the season and one of only 4 wins for the team that year. Daniel played for some garishly bad Colts teams and they never finished with more than 9 wins in a season during his tenure there. This probably led to him not receiving as much acclaim as he probably should have received. He’d play one final season in Baltimore (for the Ravens) in 1997. This is interesting to note, because Daniel was drafted the year the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis but he would retire from the NFL in Baltimore.  Over his career Eugene would lead the Colts in interceptions 3 times, and tie for the NFL lead in 1985 with 8 thefts- but never make the Pro Bowl or be named AP. Regardless, Daniel did in the meantime sneak into the Colts record books for most games played consecutively (185) which has been since taken by the venerable Peyton Manning. He also appeared on Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo SuperBowl, and Tecmo SuperBowl Final Edition. He’d also sign this card for me along with my Colts blitz from the early 1990’s with his long swooping autograph.

G/Gs 207/191    Tac 735   Sac 2   Fum 2    Int 38   Yds 483    Avg 12.7   Td 3    lg 97t