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LaChapelle, Sean

Classic Draft Picks 1993, #47

CARDS: Classic 1993, Pro Set 1993, Pro Line 1997
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 1/17/22 RECEIVED: 2/26/22 (40 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Caught 142 passes for 2,027 yards with 14 touchdowns over college career at UCLA.
  • As a junior set single season school record with 68 catches for 987 yards and 11 TDs.
  • At the time, also finished as school’s all-time leading receiver with 130 catches.
  • Selected in the 5th round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Saw action in 10 games, catching 2 passes for 23 yards.
  • Cut after the following preseason in 1994.
  • Largely disillusioned with his experience in the NFL Sean sat out ’94 and ’95.
  • He returned to football in 1996, joining the Scottish Claymores of the World League.
  • Had a banner season, catching 47 passes for 1023 yards, a 21.8 yard average and 7 TDs.
  • Returned stateside and later was a late season pickup of the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Caught 27 passes for 422 yards and 2 TDs.

ACCOLADES:

  • World League MVP 1996

NOTES:

When I started expanding the WLAF shrine to include the NFLE/ Europa, I immediately started looking for players who had cards that played for franchises that may not have been represented on their European teams.

As I was digging through the Claymores rosters, I found that Sean had quite a few cards, and I felt very inspired by his Classic ’93 entry. I picked up both that and his 93 Pro Set and sent them out to an address I found. (Sean’s last name obviously is not very common.)

He responded in a bit over a month, signing not only his cards, but including the Proline as an extra, included a business card promoting his Youtube channel and wrote on the envelope, “God Bless your work,” -I am assuming in reference to my ongoing quest to honor as many WLAF/ NFLE/ Europa players with their autograph and adding them to my shrine.

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Gunn, Lance

Cards: Classic 1993, ProSet 1993, Playoff 1994
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 10/25 Received: 11/5 (11 days)

Lance played college ball for the Texas Longhorns from 1989-1992 at safety. A hard hitting rangy product and solid special teams contributor, he had 298 total tackles, 6 sacks, and 10 interceptions (1 TD) over his 4 years in Austin.

He’d be selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 7th round of the 1993 draft. Lance ended up starting 8 games for Cinci at strong safety recording 25 solo stops and 3 assists, along with one fumble recovery- before a knee injury ultimately cut short his season and his NFL career.

Lance reappeared on the football scene in 1997 playing one year for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the NFLE. He decided to hang up his cleats in 1998 after he donated a kidney to his father.

As a footnote, Lance decided to give football one more shot in 1999 with the Texas Terminators of the IPFL. He made it through training camp and was going to be their starting safety, but right before the first game of the season, Frito Lay made him an offer to come on board that he could not refuse. As of 2019, Lance lives in the Austin area.

I was pretty much ducking out of trading cards by this point. The price to value ratio, combined with the design was just not that great. I do remember being at Cowboys Training Camp at St. Edwards that Summer in 1993, and picking up a few packs of Classic 1993 at Mr. K’s Sports Cards. I was happy to pull the Classic 93 card of Lance while walking back to camp- and then now getting it signed a bit over 26 years later.

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Potts, Roosevelt

Cards: Topps XFL 2001, Classic 1993, ProSet 1993, GameDay 1993
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home (x2)
Sent: 2/27 Received: 3/28 (31 days)
Sent: 4/18 Received: 4/27 (9 days)

Bruising fullback Roosevelt Potts reminded many of Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward coming out of college from NE Louisiana. A tireless runner with a low center of gravity, Potts had 558 carries for 3,061 yards and 17 TDs- finishing as the school’s all-time leading rusher, and earned the Southland Conference Player of the Year Honors in 1992 when he ran for 1,266 yards.

Potts was selected in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He’d finish his rookie year with 900 yards from scrimmage- 771 on the ground on 179 carries used primarily as a RB his rookie year. With the arrival of Marshall Faulk in 1994, Potts switched primarily to a blocking role. He scored his lone rushing TD of his career in 1994, posting 336 yards on 77 carries and catching 26 passes for 251 yards. After a 1995 with relatively the same results- Potts was a restricted free agent with a few caveats. First he had to have reconstructive knee surgery, and second, he had been found in violation of the league’s drug policy. It was his 3rd strike and he had to serve a mandatory season long suspension covering all of 1996.

Roosevelt returned to the Colts in 1997, but for the most part that season was a wash too. He played 2 games for the Colts, and 6 games for the Dolphins. He took his skills to Baltimore in 1998 where he served another 16 game stint at fullback, rushing 36 times for 115 yards, and catching a career high 30 passes. A sneaky backfield option with a downfield bulldozing motor- Potts caught 4 TDs in his career on 106 receptions.

But wait- Potts story doesn’t just end there! He joined the XFL in 2001 playing for the Memphis Maniax after a 2 year layoff. Still displaying his hard nosed and devastating blocking up front, Potts played in 4 games catching a pass for 5 yards.

He signed this Topps XFL card for me very quickly- but included a nice note indicating that he had accidentally sent my other cards to somebody else, and if I wanted to send more- he’d be happy to sign. Eager to take him up on his offer I dropped another Gameday 93 and Classic 93 into the envelope along with this ProSet 93. He signed in no time flat and kindly answered my questions telling me that he loved watching the Alliance and will watch the new XFL when it comes out. What a guy! I feel like I could sit down with Potts, have drinks and talk Spring football with this guy all day.

Potts is an Honorary Horseshoe Legend for the Colts, and was named into the ULM 2016 HoF class.

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