Card: Sage 2006, Score 2009 Inscriptions Gold
Acquired: 2016, EBay
See Also: Slaton, Steve
Among the pantheon of Houston Texans runningbacks, I liked Steve Slaton only second to Domanick Davis. The dimunitive Slaton much like Davis also met his end in Houston due in part to injury. After having his neck fused and then a shoulder injury the following season, Slaton always seemed a bit more hesitant when hitting the hole. He was also limited to 3rd down back and kick return duties, after the emergence of Arian Foster. The Texans facing tough decisions, released the former RotY 3 games into the 2011 season. Slaton caught on immediately with the Miami Dolphins and finished the season with the team. Steve had tryouts with other teams, and eventually ended up heading North to the CFL in 2014.
Steve signed with the Toronto Argonauts and had a decent season for the Argos logging 94 carries for 510 yards and a TD. In addition Slaton had 46 receptions for 388 yards and 4 TDs. He’d retire after the season.
At last glance in 2016, Steve is training to be a culinary chef in Houston.
NFL 45/26 Rush 442 Yds 1896 Avg 4.3 Td 12 Lg 71t
Rec 100 Yds 8058 Avg 8.1 Td 5 Lg 46 |
Kr 42 Yds 852 Avg 20.3 Td 0 Lg 50
CFL Rush 94 Yds 510 Avg 5.4 TD 1 |
Rec 46 Yds 388 Avg 8.4 TD 4
Card: Leaf Materials New Generation 2006
Acquired: BB 2014, Target Autographed Memorabilia
Alan Zemaitis played lights out football for the Nittany Lions, despite being in a life threatening car accident in 2003. At 6’2″, 202 Zemaitis had the perfect size to play a cover 2 system and was a good match for the Buccaneers who selected him in the 4th Round of the 2006 draft. Considered initially a first round prospect, Alan’s stock slipped after he struggled with poor measurables before the draft. Tampa viewed him as an eventual replacement for either Brian Kelly or Ronde Barber.
During a rough rookie season, Zemaitis struggled, and then tore his labrum (shoulder muscle) during practice, landing him on injured reserve for the remainder of the year. He recovered for 2007, but was cut in September of that season. Alan later played in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger- Cats in 2008.
He’s gone into coaching since his playing days have ended, serving as a positional coach and defensive coordinator at the high school level.
Card: Ultimate WLAF 1992
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Work
Sent: 12/28/15 Received: 1/14/16 (17 days)
Originally a 10th round selection of the New England Patriots during the 1988 draft, Rodney Lossow earned All Big 10 Honorable Mention as a Junior while at Wisconsin. He’d bounce around with the Los Angeles Rams and Calgary Stampeders, before being selected with the 4th pick of the 4th round during the WLAF offensive lineman draft. He’d anchor the Orlando Thunder‘s offensive line at Center through their appearance in World Bowl II in 1992.
Rodney loves teaching and has been a coach at Roosevelt High School in Minnesota for many years. He responded in under a month and included a nice note. Apparently his kids were blown away that he got a TTM request. He also inscribed the card with a bible verse:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.