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Clark, Robert

Cards: Skybox 1992, GameDay 1992, ProSet 1990
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 4/21 Received: 6/11 (51 days)

The holder of 34 individual player records at WR for North Carolina Central at the time of his departure in 1986, Robert Clark was a 10th round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1987. He’d make the squad, and play for the team in both 87 and 88, finishing with 22 receptions for 283 yards and 2 TDs, but couldn’t crack the starting lineup, thanks in part to an injury he sustained his rookie season.

In 1989 the Lions were fully committed to their Silver Stretch offense, so they needed 4 wide receivers to make that happen. They’d run out and sign Robert as an unconditional free agent, and he’d step right into the starting lineup posting a gaudy 18.2 receiving average, as he finished second on the team with 748 yards on 41 receptions.

Robert finished second on the team with 52 receptions and led the squad with 8 TD receptions in 1990. In 1991, Robert continued his consistent production, setting a career single game high catching 10 passes for 143 yards against the Packers, where 9 of 10 of those receptions went for first downs. He’d conclude the 1991 season with 47 catches for 640 yards and 6 TDs.

A precise route runner who is quick in traffic, Clark was fearless over the middle, but could also turn on the jets when it counted- particularly against division opponents. Over his time in Detroit, Robert started 45 of 46 contests. He’d then spend one largely forgettable season with the Dolphins in 1992, catching just 3 passes for 52 yards.

As the CFL invaded the USA in 1993, Robert joined the league playing for the Toronto Argonauts. He immediately established himself as one of the top dogs in the CFL, leading wide receivers at the midway point in receptions and yardage. On the season, Clark finished with 50 receptions for 900 yards and 3 TDs. He’d then spend his next two final seasons with the Baltimore Stallions helping the team win the CFL championship.

I have always been a friend to the Run N Shoot system, partially due to my Houston roots, so I was very happy to get his autograph on these cards, especially considering he’s such a rare signer.


Smith, Timmy

Cards: Topps 1988, ProSet 1990 SuperBowl XXII, ProSet 1990 SuperBowl Supermen
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 2/19 Received: 4/24/20 (65 days)

Timmy Smith was a speedy little dynamo out of Texas Tech. He rushed for 1,313 yards on 292 carries, scoring 7 times, while catching 41 passes for 401 yards and a TD over 28 games in Lubbock. Checking in at 5′ 11″, 216, the Redskins loved his athleticism and speed and took a flyer on Timmy in the 5th round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

Timmy’s quick rise and fall was meteoric to say the least. Entrenched at 3rd string behind George Rogers and Kelvin Bryant, Timmy saw little playing time during the regular season in his rookie season in 1987. It’d be in the postseason that he saw the most success. Running behind The Hogs in a backup capacity, little Timmy rushed for 66 yards against the Bears, and then 72 against the Vikings, to help lead the team to the Super Bowl. He earned the starting nod for Super Bowl XXII and rushed for a Super Bowl record 204 yards and 2 TDs.

The Redskins went into camp in 1988 with Timmy as the starter, but after a holdout, he reported to camp a bit out of shape. He then had a pretty rough season, and lost his starting job to a combination to Kelvin Bryant and Jamie Morris.

With Plan B in full swing, Timmy was left unprotected and signed with the San Diego Chargers in ’89. Again, Smith faced a rough offseason, sprained his knee in camp and then a physical altercation with a girlfriend led to his release outright from the squad.

Timmy made a valiant effort to turn his playing career around. With the Cowboys still rebuilding their squad after the Herschel Walker trade, a concerted focus was placed on the runningback position. Timmy was signed by the Cowboys and I had high hopes he’d make things happen, but with stale overall preseason performances by the RB stable, the Cowboys decided to trade the Oilers for Alonzo Highsmith. Timmy was released. He was brought back for the regular season just briefly to play in the opener against San Diego but was soon thereafter cut again as Timmy blew out his neck and hold out Emmitt Smith finally signed his contract.

Timmy popped up briefly once again in 1994 in training camp of the CFL Baltimore Stallions, but did not make the squad.

He was arrested in 2005 for selling cocaine to undercover officers, trying to make a quick buck to help out struggling family members after Katrina. After a few years in prison, give Timmy credit as he got his life together and is now an energy salesman. He travels back and forth between Colorado and Texas with regularity, and loves his wife and kids.


Britton, Eddie ‘Flash’

Card: Wild Card WLAF 1992
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 8/7 Received: 8/26 (19 days)

Playing for tiny Central College (OH) Eddie Britton finished with 58 receptions for 1,081 yards and 13 TDs. Known for his liquid speed, Eddie had been clocked at an unheard of 4.26 40. He’d be signed by the Indianapolis Colts and allocated to the World League Enhancement Program for the 1992 season.

Eddie joined the Fire, where he caught 18 passes for 277 yards and a 56 yard TD, and rushed 9 times for 53 yards. He also returned kicks as well, posting a gaudy 23 returns for 558 yards (24.3 average). His 908 total yards from scrimmage quietly led the team. After the season, Eddie took his toolsets North to the CFL.

Eddie spent the next 4 years in the league from 1993-1996 playing for Calgary, Baltimore, Birmingham, the Ottawa Rough Riders and finally the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. His best season came in 1995 for the Barracudas, when he caught 49 passes for 681 yards and 4 TDs.

As of late I have found my passion for finding former World League players reignited by the failure of the Alliance. I was able to scrap together Eddie’s personal information through various sources and look him up through advancedbackgroundchecks.com. Within a month he signed his card and included a nice note wishing me well.