Category Archives: Arena

O’Hara, Pat

Cards: Ultimate WLAF 1991, Wild Card WLAF 1992.
Acquired: TTM, 2010. C/o Orlando Predators
Sent:  4/28   Received: 5/28  (31 days)

Pat O’Hara was allocated to the Ohio Glory (from Tampa Bay) to back up starting quarterback Babe Laufenberg for the 1992 season but it turned into a full blown quarterback controversy between Laufenberg, Chris Cochraine, and Pat O’Hara for the starting job. After the season was over he was picked up by the Chargers and then Redskins, before moving into a starting capacity in the AFL playing for the Orlando Predators from 1995-2000. From 2001-02 he played for the Toronto Phantoms, and then finally the Tampa Bay Storm from 2003-2006 before retiring. It was during his Arena career he built his playing resume winning 3 Arena Bowls in 5 tries. The onetime backup to Rodney Peete and Todd Marinovich at USC, spent time at a variety of head coaching and coordinator jobs in the Arena league before being promoted to head coach of the Orlando Predators in 2010. Oddly enough Pat has also spent some time consulting for movies and actors to assist in authenticity of football films. I received his autographs courtesy of the Predators in about a month.

Glory   Games n/a       Att 201       Comp 116     Pct 57.7     Yds 1118    Td 3   Int 11     Rat  57.0

Jurasin, Bobby

Cards: All World 1991.
Acquired: TTM 1993, (CFL Blitz) C/o CFL headquarters.

I got a box of All-World CFL cards in 1991 from a local card dealer and decided to send out a bunch of them after the league confirmed it’s North American expansion plans when the WLAF folded in North America. Not finding the team offices, I blitzed the headquarters, who then sent it around to a variety of teams for me and included many of their own. They included many future hall of famers and Doug Flutie.

Bobby Jurasin went undrafted in the 1986 NFL draft after attending Northern Michigan University and joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a free agent that year.  Despite only starting 8 games his rookie year, he was an immediate force on the field for the Roughriders garnering the team’s rookie of the year award nomination at linebacker and defensive end. (He also played spot tight end duty.) Jurasin over the next 12 seasons would wreck havoc on opposing teams, and would be a West All Star in 1989 and 1994, CFL All Star in 1987, 1988, 1992, and 1997, winning a Grey Cup in 1989. He’d play for the Argonauts in 1998, and then the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena league where he retired due to a neck injury. At retirement he was number 3 on the CFL all time list in sacks. Of note, Jurasin was a trend setter, wearing a rising sun bandana underneath his helmet that fans picked up on and wear to this day. Bobby was inducted into the CFL HoF in 2006 and currently is coaching at the college level.

Games  197       Tac  411        Sac  142         FF   22          Int  2         Yds  38          Avg  19.0         Td  0

Blake, Ricky

Cards: Ultimate WLAF 1991, Proset World League 1991.
Acquired: In Person, Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 1992.

Ricky Blake was an All-Pro WLAF Prospect when he made the jump from the San Antonio Riders to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL after he ranked third in the league with 554 yards. A bruising fullback with deceptive speed Blake was not drafted out of Alabama A&M. Instead he did some time in the CFL and then took a year off before being drafted by San Antonio.  (Ricky also wore one of the WLAF’s experimental helmet cameras against the London Monarchs that year.) Blake made the transition to the NFL shortly thereafter being signed by the Dallas Cowboys where I got his autograph that next year in 1992, signing with his Dallas #(46).  (It is commonly mistaken that he returned to the Riders in 1992 but Ivory Lee Brown had taken over for him in SA.) Ricky started out with a bang in ’91, then was injured after 2 games on a long run against Phoenix and never played again for the Cowboys, sustaining a hip pointer much like the one that ended Bo Jackson’s career. Blake however would return to play for the Fort Worth Arena league team in 1994, notching 12 yards on 4 carries and one tackle that year, and then was picked up by the Barcelona Dragons of the newly reconstituted NLFE in 1995 playing for one season rushing for 398 yards on 98 carries before retiring.

(Riders) Games  10        Att   120              Yds   554                 Avg     4.6                   TD  5
Rec 16      Yds 107       Avg 6.7      Lg 24      Td 1