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Swann, Eric

aprks91 eswannCards: Action Packed Rookies 1991, GameDay 1992
Acquired: 2016, Paid Signing

Eric Swann does not sign through the mail. When I saw this affordable signing, it was a no brainer to go ahead and send out two of my favorite cards.

Swann took a unique route to the pro level. Academically ineligible he was unable to begin college at NC State. Instead he enrolled in JC at Wake Technical, but left soon thereafter to join the semi professional football Bay State Titans in 1990.  During his single season with the Titans, Swann rocked the league with 72 total tackles, 11 sacks, 4 blocked field goals, and 4 forced fumbles playing at both defensive end and tackle.

The Arizona Cardinals fell in love with Swann’s unusual combination of size (6’3″, 311), strength (bench press of 400+ lbs), and speed (4.98 40). They’d select Eric with the 6th pick of the first round during the 1991 draft. He’d be the first non-college player chosen in the first round since Emil Sitko was selected by the Rams in 1946.

gday92 eswannSwann’s rookie season was slowed by injuries. Shortly after taking the field in minicamp, he blew out his knee and had to have arthroscopic surgery.  He’d see action in 12 games though, starting 3, and record 4 sacks to go along with 22 tackles.  Swann over the next few years solidified his role on the Cardinal defense, recording a career high 70 tackles in 1992, and 7 sacks in 1994.  Eric also recorded a safety in 3 straight seasons from 1992 to 1994.

1995 marked the first time in some 30 years that a defensive lineman from the Cardinals was named to the Pro Bowl, as Eric recorded the first of his two nominations, with 45 tackles, a career high 8.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. A 1996 followup yielded another 3 fumble recoveries, 5 sacks, and 60 tackles.  Although Swann had an equally dominant 1997 campaign with 7.5 sacks and 52 tackles, he did not see any further Pro Bowls. Eric played for the Cardinals through the 1999 season, joining the Panthers for a final season in 2000.  At the time of his departure from the deserts of Arizona, Swann was the most decorated and feared lineman to play for the Cardinals.

Swann briefly popped up on the football radar again in 2007 playing for the Hudson Valley Saints, and later the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 2008.  He was also inducted into the Semi-Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

G/Gs 126/87        Tac 386          Sac 46.5         Fum 6
Int 2          Yds  42         Avg 21.0          Td  1         Lg 42t

Campbell, Jesse

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C
ards: ProSet 1991, StarPics 1991, Action Packed Rookies 1991, Score 1991.
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Work
Sent:  7/30  Received: 10/10    (72 days)

A second round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles out of NC State, Jesse Campbell was a 3 year starter and 1st Team All ACC Member for the Wolfpack, notching 7 interceptions, 187 tackles, and 5 sacks over his career.  A fearsome hitter, Campbell also forced an impressive 15 fumbles punishing receivers and runners alike with a linebacker’s abandon.   He’d sustain a knee cartilage injury before making it to the regular season and spend his first season on IR.

In 1992 the Eagles were going in a new direction under head coach Rich Kotite and defensive coordinator Bud Carson. While Campbell was given ample time to impress in camp, it became a numbers game, and Carson’s defense requires safeties that can cover and places a premium on cornerbacks. Jesse was cut when the Eagles opted to resign corner Eric Allen.  He’d sign with the rival New York Giants and push his way into a starting job by 1994.  Campbell played with the Giants through 1996, before finishing out his career with the Redskins over the next two years, retiring in 1999.

He’s dabbled in coaching and is currently involved in school administration.

G/GS  92/61     TAC  304       SAC 0       FUM 3
INT 7     YDS 28      AVG 4.0    TD 0      LG 14

Lewis, Greg (RB)

aprks91 glewisCard: Action Packed Rookies 1991
Acquired: Albany Acquisition, 2014

As a Junior, Greg Lewis worked his way into the starting lineup for the Washington Huskies in 1989. He’d rush for 1,100 yards and 10 TDs, earning 1,450 total yards from scrimmage. He’d top his previous efforts in 1990, with 1,256 yards rushing and 345 yards receiving- earning him First Team All-American Honors and winning the first Doak Walker Award given annually to the best college running back. Lewis’ stock slipped however, and he would not be taken until the 5th round of the 1991 draft, because of a poor 40 showing.

The Denver Broncos felt Greg fit into their offensive system. Overall he’d have 376 yards and 4 TDs his rookie year, including  119 yards in the Broncos 20-13 victory over the Steelers. In 1992, Greg followed his rookie campaign up with 268 yards and another 4 TDs. (Note that in Greg’s rookie season he wore the number 41 and in 1992 he wore number 20.) Greg unfortunately had a reoccurring knee injury and was forced to retire after the 1993 season.

He returned to his Alma Mater where he is an ambassador for the Huskies and involved in administration at the school- and enjoys coaching as well.

G/Gs  32/6    Rush 172    Yds 644   Avg 3.7     Td 8    Lg 27
Rec 6      Yds 39     Avg 6.5     Td 0     Lg 16