CARD: 1991 All World Canadian Football ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/O Home SENT: 7/6 RECEIVED: 9/3 (59 days)
Played for Penn State from 1984 to 1987.
Originally started career as a TE, but later in 1985 switched to LB where he earned a starting role.
As a solid cover LB, intercepted 4 passes for 94 yards over college career.
Recorded a sack and 2 picks in 1987 Fiesta Bowl.
Was not selected in 1988 NFL Draft, but signed with the local Pittsburgh Steelers.
Selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders with the 6th overall pick of the 1988 CFL draft.
After refusing to report was subsequently traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Played 8 seasons in Hamilton, recording a career high 77 tackles, and 3 sacks in 1990.
In 1991, posted 63 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 3 interceptions for 28 yards.
Lost starting job in 1992, and saw time on the offensive line as well.
Was well known as a leading special teams player, and concluded his career after the 1995 season.
Thanks in part to his unique Greek last name, Pete was very easy to find. It should be observed that in the past, he rarely responded through the mail from what I could tell- perhaps because of the misspelling of his name on this card, which spells his last name ‘Giftopoulus’ as opposed the correct spelling of ‘Giftopoulos’.
After a year at the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga, Eddie made his mark as a walk on at linebacker playing for the University of Alabama in 1981. In 2 years playing for The Crimson Tide, Eddie had 4 interceptions for 70 yards and a TD. Considered too small (5’10”) to play in the NFL, Eddie took his skills north to the CFL. He’d play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1983-1991.
Although tackles were not tracked by the league until 1987, Eddie posted 437 tackles, including a career high 104 in 1991. He was both effective in coverage and also as a blitzer, posting 33 sacks and 16 interceptions for 328 yards and 10 fumble recoveries.
Eddie earned CFL-All West Honors in 1989- a season in which he won the CFL Grey Cup, playing for the Roughriders. He’d retire after 1991, and move back home to Phenix City, Alabama, initially serving as a volunteer coach. Currently he is the mayor of the city and signed his All-World card for me in a very short amount of time, and included the ‘Roll Tide’ inscription.
Cards: All World 1991, Jogo 2018 CFL Alumni Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home Sent: 10/23 Received: 11/2 (10 days)
At 5’7″, 200, I think it’d surprise people that Jon Volpe toted the rock at Stanford and in 1988 rushed for 1,027 yards on 228 carries for the Cardinal. He graduated with a BS and an MS in Industrial Engineering and earned honors as a 3 time All-Pac 10 Academic, and a Rhodes Scholar Nominee.
After not being selected in the 1991 NFL draft, Jon was selected by the British Columbia Lions of the CFL with the 4th overall pick. He earned CFL Rookie of the Year Honors, rushing for 1,395 yards and 16 TDs. He’d add another 941 yards and 13 TDs to CFL All-Star Honors in 1992. After a brief holdout and a down year in 1993, Jon joined the Las Vegas Posse of the CFLUSA initiative for 1994. He’d have another 182 yards on 43 carries and 3 TDs.
In 1995 Jon signed with the Pittsbugh Steelers, but a devastating shoulder injury ended his playing career during the preseason.
Jon lives in Tuscon, AZ and as of 2020 is the CEO of NOVA Home Loans, the largest privately held mortgage company in Arizona. He signed the All-World card for me, and tossed in the CFL Jogo Alumni card for me as well in 10 days flat.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.