Card: Ultimate WLAF 1992
Acquired: In Person 1993, Dallas Cowboys Training Camp
Failure: TTM 2010, C/o Home
Most famously remembered as the Dallas Cowboys 3rd string quarterback during the late 80s and early 90s, Babe Laufenberg was also the #2 overall choice of the WLAF expansion Ohio Glory in 1992.
Originally drafted out of Indiana in the 6th round of the 1985 draft by the Washington Redskins, Babe would not even see playing time with the team. In 1986, he’d sign with the Saints, suiting up one game, but not play. In fact this trend would continue for Babe as he returned to the Skins for 1987. In 1988 Laufenberg would sign with the Chargers and start 6 games for the team that year. He’d compile a 2-4 record as a starter, throwing for 778 yards, with 4 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. He’d move to Dallas in 1989 as the 3rd string quarterback behind Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh. He’d suit up for 3 games in 1989 after Steve Walsh stepped up when Aikman went down with an injury, but Babe would not see any playing time until 1990. With Steve Walsh traded to New Orleans, Laufenberg would be elevated to second string for the remainder of the season, but once again Aikman would be injured during week 16 against the Eagles. Babe would finish out the game, as the team lost 17-3, completing 13 of 36 passes for 140 yards…. and 4 interceptions. Laufenberg then finished out the season throwing for 129 yards and a touchdown to Jay Novacek in a losing effort blow out to the Atlanta Falcons 26-7. It would be the last time he’d play in the NFL. In 1991, Laufenberg would ride into camp I’d swear on a Vespa. A character, you could always count on Babe to say something quotable or give people appropriate nicknames, like “Moose“. The Cowboys with Steve Beuerlein in camp behind Aikman, would cut the journeyman Laufenberg early on into camp during 1991 to give him a chance to catch on somewhere else. He’d sign with the Chiefs for the season.
Babe would end up being drafted by the Ohio Glory of the WLAF in 1992. I remember in that preseason game against San Antonio at San Marcos, Riders fans heckled Babe, as he was sacked and intercepted multiple times, enroute to a shellacking by San Antonio. The Glory would return to play the Riders later in the 1992 season, but by then the team played through Chris Cochrane and Pat O’Hara. Fans would still be wrathful about the Cowboys missing the playoffs in 1990, blaming Laufenberg for the loss to the Eagles and Falcons, but really the Cowboys had to win both games- and they never stood a chance against the Eagles in the first place. Sports is a great place for revisionist history however, and Babe to many fans despite his popularity was scapegoated by fans in Dallas for those games. After the WLAF folded, Babe would go into broadcasting where he remains to this day as a successful color commentator and sports broadcaster in Dallas.
I guess he had the last laugh? Below are his WLAF statistics:
G/Gs N/a Att 115 Comp 62 Yds 622 Pct 53.9 Td 2 Int 6 Rat 53.6