Card: Wild Card WLAF 1992
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Work
Sent: 4/11 Received: 4/21 (10 days)
Selected in the 11th round of the 1990 NFL draft, man mountain offensive tackle Roman Matusz went collegiality to Pitt. At 6’4″, 285, Roman was Team Captain of the Panther offensive line that ranked 13th nationally in total rushing yards. Roman was selected by the Montreal Machine in the 1992 WLAF Player Draft. He’d start at tackle for the franchise that’d average 104 yards rushing a game, but on the flipside allow 4.4 sacks a game. After the season, the Machine like all WLAF franchises was reorganized.
Roman retired from football and transitioned into the financial industry. Currently he lives in Pittsburgh where he is a Co-General Agent at Mass Mutual.
Card: Panini Contenders 2015
Acquired: 2016, Ebay
Kurtis Drummond played free safety for the Michigan State Spartans. He earned the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year and was named as a 3rd team All-American in 2014 when he posted 72 tackles, 15 passes defended, and 4 picks as a senior. With NFL caliber speed and some tools to work with especially his vertical jump, Kurtis was truly an enigma to scouts who couldn’t come to a consensus Drummond’s shortcomings. A true student of the game at MSU, Drummond was nicknamed ‘The Matrix’ by Spartans’ DB coach Harlon Barnett, for Kurtis’ ability to quickly assimilate game film and apply it on the field.
Initially projected to go in round 4, Kurtis landed with the Houston Texans in free agency instead. It was probably best for Kurtis as the Texans have a knack for patiently developing defensive backfield talent (AJ Bouye, Andre Hal). Drummond did see some playing time on the field in 2015 on special teams recording 4 tackles and a forced fumble. He’d be shelved on IR for the entirety of the 2016 campaign.
Entering the 2017 season, Kurtis is ranked 3rd on the Texans depth chart for playing time behind Andre Hal and Corey Moore at free safety.
Cards: Sage 2000 (1/4,500), Upper Deck 2000 (1000/1000)
Acquired: In Person 2016, Jordan Shipley Camp
See Also: Kwame Cavil, Kwame Cavil (2)
Kwame loves signing cards when I see him. When I presented these two cards to him after camp, his first response was, “Ohhhh yeah!” Cavil has been rounding the football camp for kids circuit over the past few years. He’s very good with them, knows how to organize and lead, and it seems that all the kids respond well in kind and just love him. As of 2016 Cavil has moved from Manor High School up to Temple where he coaches football as well.
Coincidentally both of these cards are very important numbers in their ‘limited release’ with the Sage being #1 of 4,500, and the Upper Deck issue coming in at 1000 of 1000. It means very little value wise, but as far as their place in my universe, it’s the first time I’ve ever hit on either end like that.