CARD: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011 ACQUIRED: EBay, 2020
An all around accomplished athlete and track man, joined the Longhorns in 1974 as the heir apparent to Marty Akins, but didn’t see any action until 1977.
Rose from 4th on the depth chart to take over under center during the Red River Rivalry game, leading the Longhorns to an improbable win 13-6 over the Sooners.
Set numerous passing school records at the time, led the Longhorns to 2 bowl games, including a National Championship game in 1977, graduating with an 11-4 record.
Texas Longhorns Athletics Ring of Honor
An appropriate photo, as Randy was just as well known as the quarterback who handed off to Earl Campbell. I decided to focus on this set as I was running thin on things to do during the COVID crisis, so I picked this one up cheap off of EBay. Randy has a small baseball diamond named after him in Austin, near Austin High School.
Card: UT Upper Deck 2011 Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home Sent: 10/22/19 Received: 2/20/2020 (122 days) Failure: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Roger played college ball at the University of Texas from 1996 to 1999 where he settled in at offensive guard.
A strong run blocker, he blocked up front for Priest Holmes and Ricky Williams while at UT.
He was named a 3rd team All-American in 1999 and a First Team All Big 12 lineman.
Roger went undrafted, and later signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was cut from the squad in 2000.
It took me a second try but I was able to track down Roger based off an old address that he had posted as part of his website. After the RTS came back, I was able to reverse engineer his address from there using a website address crawler.
I had been itching to get Jamaal again on a few cards, but he’s been quite elusive to corral, even at in person events- I hadn’t seen one with him since 2018 or so. Knowing that Brian Orapko and him are good friends, I figured he might make an appearance at Brian’s grand opening of his Restore Westlake store, since he had also made a token appearance way back in 2018 for the grand opening of Gigi’s cupcakes.
After a long wait, Jamaal made a long awaited appearance. I was short some cards I really wanted him to sign since I had tried him last year TTM, but I still had these very strong ones to work with. In fact I had loaded up with 10 cards just in case, but just like last time, he stopped signing after 3 cards, which I was personally fine with. He was there literally 15 minutes and left- pulling an Irish goodbye.
I’d still like to get him on his Score 2009 and 2010 entries and a few others, but I did take a consignment on him for the Classics card, which I parlayed into Mel Gray and Rodney Peete.
Jamaal still has his blue Lambo. He told me he selected the color strictly because it’s pretty and easily recognizable- not because it’s old Houston Oiler colors. As he was preparing to leave I asked him what his favorite team was growing up, to which he surprisingly responded- The Denver Broncos.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.