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Dodson, Tony

Autograph Memorabilia
Stampede Inaugural Magazine Austin Wranglers
Acquired: Gift 2004

My cousin got me a game program full of autographs back in 2004, that I found recently when digging through some boxes.

Dodson was another AFL2 veteran who made the jump to the AFL with the Austin Wranglers in 2004. Dodson would play one season with the Wranglers hitting 84 of 97 extra points and 8 of 18 field goals. He’d jump to the Nashville Katz in 2005 making 7 of 23 field goals including a long of 56 before retiring after the season.

Arnold, Jahine

Autograph Memorabilia
Stampede Inaugural Magazine Austin Wranglers
Acquired: Gift 2004

My cousin got me a game program full of autographs back in 2004, that I found recently when digging through some boxes.

Jahine Arnold came to the Austin Wranglers in 2004 after a stint with the Los Angeles Avengers and Tampa Bay Storm in 2003. ¬†Previously he spent 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers utilized primarily as a backup returner, but injuries limited his effectiveness and he was traded to Green Bay. He’d be drafted by the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL in 2001 and was waived in camp, but was quickly signed by the Memphis Maniax.

After retiring from pro football Arnold spent some time as a web designer and in real estate, however in 2007 he was tragically diagnosed with the same progressive liver disease as Walter Payton.Currently fighting what is known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Jahine has established a foundation and refuses to go down. ¬†On top of that without insurance, Arnold has been battling with the Social Security Administration for the benefits he should be entitled to. He’s been involved in kids football camps in his spare time as well.

Fontaine, Tacoma

fontaineAutograph Memorabilia
Stampede Inaugural Magazine Austin Wranglers
Acquired: Gift 2004

My cousin got me a game program full of autographs back in 2004, that I found recently when digging through some boxes. I had completely forgotten about this group of autographs, as I had been out of touch with the hobby for a few years when I was given this magazine as a gift.

Tacoma Fontaine quickly established himself in the Wranglers starting lineup in 2004 after a successful career with the Tulsa Talons as a receiver, returner and defensive back. With his second start under his belt, Fontaine won AFL player of the week honors after recording 7 catches for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Detroit Fury. Fontaine finished the 2004 season with 72 receptions for 1076 yards and 21 touchdowns. In 2005 Tacoma saw time as both a receiver and kick returner recording over 1500 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns. He’d retire after the season.