A seemingly ageless runningback, Dominic Rhodes has seen stints with the Colts, Raiders, and Bills, since going undrafted in 2001 out of tiny Midwestern State. In his first season he ran 1104 yards, setting an NFL record for undrafted rookie runningbacks. Dominic also played in Superbowl XLI for the Colts, rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. After 6 seasons, Rhodes would play one season for the Raiders, and a preseason with the Bills.
In 2010 Rhodes signed with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL. He responded by leading the league in rushing with 547 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 919 net yards. His 260 yards on 12 kick returns were second in the league as well. After the season he’d play for the Colts again briefly in 2010, before returning to the Tuskers in 2011, (who had moved to Virginia and been rechristened the Destroyers,) under the leadership of Marty Schottenheimer. Playing in his famous ‘Marty-Ball’ offense, Dominic ran for a league record 217 yards and 3 touchdowns, against the Sacramento Mountain Lions. After the 5 game season in which Dominic ran for 410 yards, he’d be named league MVP and also rush for 96 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in UFL Championship Game III. At this time in 2012 he is the career leading rusher for the UFL.
I wrote Dominic courtesy of the Virginia Destroyers late last season. He responded in a flat 100 days and said that, “He’d love a copy of this card I designed.” I’ll shoot him out another high quality copy of the card in a few weeks when I have a bit more time.