After establishing himself as a two year starter at quarterback for the Broncos, Grant Hedrick led Boise St to a Fiesta Bowl title in 2014. His best season came in his Senior campaign when he threw for 3695 yards, completing 294 of 415 passes, while throwing for 23 TDs to 14 interceptions. His passing completion percentage (70.6%) led the nation. Grant also demonstrated mobility in the pocket rushing for 592 yards and 8 TDs on 155 carries that year. He set career highs for passing against BYU (410 yards, 4 TD passes, 1 rushing) in a 55-30 route over BYU. Although he doesn’t have the height (6’0″) that NFL teams look for, he worked hard to polish his skills and game before his Pro Day. Grant didn’t hear his name called during the 2015 NFL draft. He later signed a free agent contract with the British Columbia Lions of the CFL. As of 2019 he is a police officer in Oregon.
Card: Ultimate WLAF 1992 Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Work Sent: 8/8/17 Received: 5/31/19 (661 days) See Also: JR Holland
Overall it’s a great shot of Holland, but unfortunately, somebody was running into the foreground of the shot, so they couldn’t have a giant hand right next to JR. Ugh. Once you see it, it is all you look at.
I was able to cross reference all the information I had on John to track him down eventually through Facebook, and came to find out he runs a gym in California, where I sent my request to.
I waited 661 days for a 1 of 2- as JR signed just his Ultimate WLAF card, but not his Wild Card, but I will take what I can get, as it took some super sleuthing to track him down. John Holland was kind enough to sign this card and inscribe it with ‘Birmingham Bad Boys”.
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.