Guerra, Fabian

Cards: Topps AAF 2019, Arena Custom
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 4/15 Received: 5/2 (16 days)

Fabian Guerra played at Division II Fairmont University, where he set the standard at wide receiver for many of the school’s career statistical charts. Over his four years from 2013-2016, Fabian posted 233 catches for 2,805 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. He was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, so he elected to join the National Arena League’s Carolina Cobras. He’d post 70 catches for 818 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in his rookie year.

In 2018, Fabian joined the Memphis Express of the AAF. He’d make the final roster and start at receiver, but after an overall disastrous opener for the entire offense, he’d be cut. As the Express had offensive issues across the board, he’d be brought back late in the season, but finish with only one catch on the season.

His rights in the meantime had passed to the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers in 2019. Fabian joined the league and earned Rookie of the Year Honors from the AFL, posting 61 receptions for 765 yards and 15 TDs. He also displayed a knack on returns posting 3 TDs on 39 returns (736 yards).

After the Arena Football League ended, Fabian was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for the 2020 season, but ultimate due to the Covid pandemic- had his career put on hold as the CFL cancelled the season.

Fabian has a pretty active Twitter account and gave away a couple of his cards to his fans. I missed out on that one but thankfully Mark’s Signing Bonus came through again and helped me out with the address. Guerra signed his AAF card and dropped in his custom for me, and wrote me a nice handwritten note for being a fan.

Atwater, Steve (2) ‘The Smiling Assassin’

Card: Action Packed 1990
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o The Denver Broncos
Sent: 10/21 Received: 11/4 (14 days)
See Also: Steve Atwater

Steve over the last few years has become an insider and ambassador with the Denver Broncos organization. He has continued to be a good signer TTM, although since I originally got him back in 2011, he’s stopped signing as quickly and now only signs one item per person. For a few people he even short signed his initials. Atwater like many players has probably gotten frustrated with collectors and resellers abusing his generosity and going back to the well too soon and too often. I felt that since it had been… almost 10 years, it was fair of me to shoot out this classic Action Packed card of his.

Atwater was elected as part of the mega NFL 100th Anniversary class to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in early 2020.

Cunningham, Zach (2)

Card: Score 2017
Acquired: 2020, Panini Rewards Redemption
See Also: Zach Cunningham

Seeing Zach’s Score 2017 rookie card on Panini’s redemption site for a really great value cinched it for me, so I decided to go ahead and nab this and 2 other autographs from their warehouse.

After a quietly outstanding rookie season in 2017, Zach settled in at RILB, starting 14 games, and posted his first 100+ tackle campaign for the Texans. In Week 10 against the Browns, he picked off Baker Mayfield and returned the pass 38 yards for a TD. He then followed up his banner 2nd season, by finishing first in the AFC in combined tackles in 2019 with 144. Zach continues to fly under the radar but impress nonetheless. As the Texans and their defense fell apart in 2020, Zach led the NFL in tackles with 164 (106 solo), lodging 3 sacks, 2 pass deflections and a forced fumble from LILB. The team has opted to move forward with Cunningham as they convert to a 4-3 defense in 2021 under new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

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