Charles Puleri played ball at New Mexico State and saw action in both 1991 and 1992. Playing in 17 contests Puleri completed 257 of 456 passes for 3634 yards, and 21 touchdowns to 17 interceptions as a traditional dropback passer.
He joined the CFL in 1993 and played briefly for the Sacramento Gold Miners- attempting 2 passes, and then riding the bench for the Shreveport Pirates in 94. In 1995 Puleri joined Arena Football League. He played for the Miami Hooters that year and then the Texas Terror in 1996 throwing 3 TDs. Charles then went overseas and played in the NFLE for the London Monarchs. Seeing more mop up duty he threw for 488 yards and 2 TDs. Afterwards he again tried his hand at Arena football playing for the Iowa Barnstormers in 98. He saw his best season as a pro throwing 11 TDs on 67 attempts that season. In 1999 he played sparingly as a backup for the New Jersey Red Dogs, and then was in the camp of the Dallas Cowboys in 2000 but did not make the squad.
Charles is perhaps best known for his time in the XFL in 2001. Selected by the New York/ New Jersey Hitmen, Puleri was the starter for the squad entering the season, but was benched in favor of Wally Richardson during week 2. The league was… different than the NFL. They scripted some of their events including a fake controversy between Puleri and Richardson.
After the end of the XFL, Charlie returned to the Arena Football League, playing two more seasons for the Detroit Fury (2002) and the Buffalo Destroyers (2003).
Since football, Puleri has worked his way into mortgage finance. He signed these two cards for me, wrote me a nice note and included a few business cards.
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 went to 2-3 Wranglers games at Frank Erwin Center, including their inaugural home game, but the AFL schedule of games which was spread out over 4 days of the week at the time, made consistently following the team difficult.
Lucas Yarnell was the true definition of a journeyman lineman who signed as a free agent with the Wranglers in 2004. Previously he had spent time with Detroit, Grand Rapids, and San Jose. In 2005 he joined Las Vegas and had his best season as a pro making 10 tackles and 14 assists before wrapping up his career with the Kansas City Brigade in 2006.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.