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Brooks, Michael

flr90 mbrooksCard: Fleer 1990
Acquired: TTM 2016, C/o Home
Sent:  3/16    Received: 4/23    (34 days)

One is better than none- I always say as Michael Brooks returned only this Fleer 1990 card from among the four cards I sent. You never know why he decided to only send one back, but I will assume that it is because he didn’t have the other cards in his personal collection.

Michael Brooks was a 3rd round pick of the Denver Broncos from the 1987 draft.  His draft stock plummeted after Michael had a major knee injury during his final year at LSU. It took Brooks some time to recover, and the Broncos brought him along slowly his rookie year.  Michael eventually made a really nice compliment to Karl Mecklenburg in the linebacking corps. From 1989 to 1992 Michael logged at least 120 tackles in each season, including 2 seasons with over 170 (1990- 175, 1992- 170).  He earned his only Pro Bowl appearance for his 1992 season.

Brooks career continued with the New York Giants in 1993, where he put together 3 more solid 90+ tackle seasons. He’d play 4 games in the 1996 for the Lions, retiring after the season. Brooks is immortalized in Tecmo Super Bowl, and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

G/GS   138/113        TAC   962              SAC 7.0               FUM   9
INT 4          YDS  34          AVG 8.2          TD 0            LG 17

Stouffer, Kelly

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ards: Fleer 1990, ProSet 1989, ProSet 1992, ProSet 1990
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Home
Sent:  12/30 /15   Received: 1/11/16     (12 days)

Kelly Stouffer had some fine cards for having such a short career in the NFL. He always titillated us as the future of the Seahawks at quarterback, but Seattle always fell in love with another quarterback before his time actually came.

The greatest quarterback in Colorado State history, the St. Louis Cardinals fell in love with the statistically heavy quarterback and drafted him with the 6th overall pick of the 1987 draft. The team envisioned him as the heir apparent to Neil Lomax. The plan made perfect sense except for one thing: The Cardinals could not come to terms with Stouffer the entire year. It was a big blow to St. Louis, so the team opted to trade him to the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle had long been the domain of another savvy aged quarterback, Dave Krieg- and he would not go down without a fight.

Kreig though was injured, and with his backup ineffective, Stouffer was given a chance to step in. He’d post a 3-3 record in relief of Dave, including a game in which Stouffer completed 26 of 47 passes for a then NFL Rookie Record 370 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.  He’d return to the bench with the return of Kreig.  Dave took pole position for the whole 1990 season.

The Seahawks in the meantime became enamored with quarterbacks, drafting Dan McGwire in the first round of the 1991 draft to be the new future of the franchise. As Krieg became more brittle behind the Seahawks porous offensive line, no less than 4 QBs started that season for the team, including Stouffer for a game.

With Kreig signing as a free agent with the Chiefs in 1992, the quarterback competition was wide open.  Stouffer actually won the job in camp, and flashed some signs of former brilliance in 7 starts, but eventually found himself on the bench both yielding to McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh.  After the season the team released Stouffer, as they planned to draft Rick Mirer.  Stouffer briefly popped up again on the radar as a backup for the Dolphins and Carolina Panthers, before he retired in 1996.

Stouffer went into broadcasting, honing his skills as a commentator in the NFLE.  He then moved back to stateside broadcasts, working college broadcasts for the Mountain West Conference. As of 2016 he’s a member of the ESPNU crew as a college football analyst.

G/GS   22/16   ATT  437    COMP 225    YDS  2333    PCT 51.5
TD 7     INT  19    RAT  54.5
RUSH  30        YDS  75       AVG  2.5     TD 0       LG  17

Lockhart, Eugene (2) ‘Mean Gene the Hitting Machine’

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Cards: Score 1990, Stars & Stripes 1992, Topps 1989, Upper Deck 1990, Fleer 1990, Topps 1990, GameDay 1992.
Acquired: 2012, Canton Acquisition. TTM 2015, C/o Home.
Sent: 12/28/15       Received:  1/9/16      (12 days)
See Also: Eugene Lockhart
Eugene is a solid bet TTM for fans, and since I had quite a few extra cards of his that I wanted to get signed, I thought I’d go ahead and give him a shot with the Fleer, Topps 90, and Gameday cards. The other cards were all part of the Canton Acquisition back in 2012- when a friend decided to sell his collection as he was exiting the hobby. I don’t normally buy signed cards from other collectors but I felt that as part of a package it was worth the purchase. There’s definitely a difference in the signatures, but that loopy ‘E L’ in both groups is there to trust that it is genuine enough. Each of the cards gday92 elockhartare quite unique. The Stars & Stripes were among my least favorite set- capitalizing off of American pride while just looking bad with the garish Photoshop effect on the type.  Each of the entries have very unique photos as the Topps 90, (in which most cards of the Cowboys are straight up portrait style,) has grown on me over the years.

After emerging from prison from a three year stint for being a part of a mortgage fraud scheme, Eugene has been humbled, but rededicated himself in life to the things that matter most.  He’s a family man who loves to cook. He has goals and wants to become a motivational speaker for kids and incarcerated inmates, and join the Dallas Cowboys Alumni Association so that he can meet and greet all his fans. He’s a warm story and I hope that he is able to find the validation and redemption he deserves.