Category Archives: CFL

Williams, Steve

Wild Card World League 1992, #3

Card: Wild Card World League 1992
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 2/22 Received: 5/15 (83 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played for the Fightin’ Illini from 1985 to 1989.
  • Catching passes from QB Jeff George, had a career high 38 receptions for 523 yards and 2 TDs in 1988.
  • Followed that up in 1989 with 34 more receptions for 458 yards and 5 TDs, and was Illinois’ primary punt returner posting 35 returns for 334 yards.
  • Originally selected by the CFL Ottawa Rough Riders in 1990.
  • Played WR for the Montreal Machine of the WLAF in 91/92.
  • In 91 caught 4 passes for 81 yards (53 yard long), returned one punt for 6 yards, and attempted a pass.

NOTES:

Steve wrote me a very nice note, thanking me for the autograph request and asking for additional cards, since he hadn’t seen this one in quite sometime. He has a great autograph, and the silver sharpie is a nice touch.

Against the San Antonio Riders in Week 8 of the 91 season- he had an improbably long, juggling TD catch, but it unfortunately was called back, because he got pushed out of bounds and came back in.

WLAF

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Turner, Odessa

Topps 1990 #61

Cards: Topps 1990, Action Packed 1990
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 4/17 Received: 5/6 (19 Days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Odessa played at Northwestern St from 1983-1986.
  • He was selected in the 4th round of the 1987 draft by the
    New York Giants.
  • Odessa’s best season in the NFL came in 1989 when he caught 38 passes for 467 yards and 4 TDs.
  • He played for the Giants from 1987-1991 and San Fransisco in 1992 and 1993.
  • Odessa appeared in one final season in the CFL during 1995 playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders.
  • Turner posted career highs with 70 catches for 1054 yards, a 66 yard long, and 8 TDs.
Action Packed 1990 #190

NOTES:

Odessa appears in the classic Nintendo game Tecmo Bowl as well as its sequel Tecmo Super Bowl as a member of the New York Giants.

NFL

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CFL

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McKay, Mekale

Cards: Panini Contenders 2016, Leaf Draft 2016, Panini Prism 2016
Acquired: IP 2019, SA Commanders Team Signing Dick’s Sporting Goods at The Rim

The Commanders big signing event of the season came at Dick’s Sporting Goods and with big names from the team appearing, it made total sense for me to go. Even though the event said NO OUTSIDE ITEMS, I figured I would take my chances and show up with my cards. It turned out nobody cared and I was able to go through the line 2 times to get all my cards covered. Mekale was next to Derron Smith, and they argued over which had the better cards. Mekale was sold on his Prism card, but he got trumped by Derron who had a Prism die cut card that looked like a fence. Overall it was a great event and I was happy with getting all the players’ autographs that were in attendance, as about two weeks later the league would disappear. Mekale’s autograph is very unique. I have never seen an M shaped quite like that.

Mekale was not drafted coming out of Arkansas (2012)/ Cincinnati (2013-2015), where he posted 108 receptions for 2034 yards and 19 TDs over his time between the two schools. A huge target stepping in at 6-5, McKay averaged an improbable 30.3 yards per reception in 2013 when he hauled in 16 catches for 485 yards and 7 TDs. He’d sign with the Colts after the draft in 2016, but be cut after training camp. Mekale then bounced around between the Jaguars, Broncos, Titans, Bears, and Cowboys over the next two years.

In 2019 McKay signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the now defunct Alliance of American Football. He’d post 22 receptions for 375 yards and 4 TDs including 1 2 point conversion. Mekale’s 17 yards a reception also was among the league leaders in that category. After the league ‘suspended operations’, Mekale drew interest from the Buffalo Bills and attended minicamp with the Browns.

Mekale was then selected by the New York Guardians of the XFL 2020, during the second round of the initial phase of the player draft. Over the course of the season he caught 12 passes for 184 yards and a TD, before the COVID pandemic cancelled the season. Two months later, McKay signed with the Blue Bombers of the CFL, but roughly a month later the league suspended play due to COVID as well.