Card: Pro Set 1991
Acquired: In Person 1992, San Antonio Riders v. Montreal Machine
A hard fought game that included a punt return for a touchdown at Bobcat Stadium still resulted in victory for the San Antonio Riders, a staunch defensive WLAF team with a scrappy offense. The Machine were a fairly solid average team their first year, but slid in 1992 losing a few games by only a handful of points.
Ray Savage was originally an 8th round draft choice of the then Los Angeles Rams in 1990 after playing some standout ball for the University of Virginia, where he’d be beloved by fans and coaches alike for his tenacious play and – well- barking. He liked to bark like a dog before snaps. Ray after college would find himself on the short end of the stick after training camp with the Rams, but would quickly be drafted the next year by the Montreal Machine in the WLAF inaugural positional draft. Savage would go on to put up good numbers in the Machine’s 3-4 front, scoring 6.5 sacks in 1991, and finishing as the team’s career leader with 11. After the folding of the WLAF Ray was picked up by the Eagles, before he caught on with the Shreveport Pirates of the CFL, and then returned to the NFL to be on the Colts where he retired. When he returned to the NFL Savage actually negotiated his own contract with the team and liked it so much he began to handle the job for other players as well. He retired at the age of 26. Savage found his calling in contract negotiations for football players and has pretty much been doing it ever since. Ray also has got a small mortgage business as well that are both run from Newport News, Va. In his spare time he also dabbles in coaching and has 2 great kids.
I tried on no less than 2 occasions to track down Ray with addresses I had obtained through internet sleuthing, but both came back RTS and have effectively given up at this point of obtaining his signature on his Wild Card WLAF 1992.
Below are his WLAF statistics:
Games N/a Tac N/a Sac 11.0 Fum N/a Int 0 Yds 0 Avg -.- Td 0