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.
The 3rd overall pick of the 1991 CFL draft by the British Columbia Lions, Bart Hull played collegiality for Boise State. A bruising fullback, he rushed for 350 yards on 105 carries, and caught 25 passes for 164 yards. Hull had a nose for the end zone scoring 13 rushing TDs.
Before the season began, BC shipped Bart to the Ottawa Rough Riders for Tony Kimbrough (QB). Bart returned one kick for 11 yards and rushed 2 times for 10 yards, but suffered a gruesome knee injury ending his season after only 3 games. After being cut by the Rough Riders in 1992, he’d briefly see some time on the practice squad of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After a hiatus, Hull returned to the CFL in 1994 as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders seeing action in two games before being cut.
Bart comes from an athletic family, and being originally from Canada, he played some minor league hockey for the RHI and WCHL. In 1999 he was spotted again briefly playing indoor football as a member of the Idaho Stallions of the IPFL.
Bart works in business development now, and as of 2019 was living in the Dallas area. A great looking card of Bart, he signed this one in no time flat.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.