CARD: VGF 2005
ACQUIRED: 2022, Private Purchase
- Solid athlete started career as a DB for Ohio State in 1997 and 98.
- Transferred to Western Illinois and was moved to TE by coaches who said he reminded him of Marv Cook.
- Playing for the Leathernecks from 99-01, broke school receiving records.
- At pro day as FB ran a 4.5 40 and was nicknamed ‘The Fastest Fullback in the NFL’, by then head coach Mike Martz.
- Undrafted in 2002, was signed to the active roster of the Rams off of the Seahawks as a TE
- Spent a total of 4 seasons with the Rams, joining the Frankfurt Galaxy in 2005 playing RB.
- After league folded following the 2007 campaign, Niklos saw time with the Raiders (2005-06), Cleveland Browns (2007-08), and was briefly on IR with the Chiefs before deciding to hang up the cleats.
- As of 2023, runs a sports performance business in Illinois.
A special bonus card thrown in when I purchased the remaining AAF sets I needed, I really get a kick out of these ‘deep cuts’ like JR Niklos.