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McLemore, Chris

Wild Card World League 1992, #76

Card: Wild Card World League 1992
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 7/26 Received: 8/16 (21 days)
Failure: TTM 2017, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Over 5 years, Chris McLemore split time with Colorado (1982/83) and Arizona (1985/86).
  • Finished his college career with 908 yards on 212 carries, rumbling for 11 TDs.
  • While compiling the bulk of his catches in 82, Chris also had 61 career receptions for 481 yards and a TD.
  • 11th round selection of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987.
  • Cut by Raiders after 3 contests, he then saw action in 2 starts for the Colts, rushing for 58 yards on 17 carries.
  • Was on the roster of the LA Raiders for an additional 7 contests in 1988. 
  • Appeared in the World League in 1992 playing for the New York/New Jersey Knights.
  • Rushed for 230 yards on 50 carries for the Knights.
  • Also turned a screen pass against the Galaxy into a 67 yard TD.

NOTES:

I had failed on Chris way back in 2017 using his old address. I had the envelope sitting around and found a new address recently and decided to give him a try. I thought that the NY/NJ Ultimate 1992 team stats card, had him pictured on the front. It is clearly someone with a 20, but he told me it looked like a 5- and did not sign it.

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Moore, Mark ‘The Hitman’

Card: Ultimate World League 1992
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 7/6 Received: 7/15 (9 days)
Failure: TTM 2020, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Considered one of the finest defensive backs to play at Oklahoma State, Mark Moore posted 311 total tackles, 16 interceptions, 307 yards and 3 TDs from 1983-86.

  • Had a career high 7 picks in 1985- the second highest single season number in school history at the time.

  • 4th round pick of the Seattle Seahawks suited up for 5 games in 1987. 

  • Signed by the San Diego Chargers in 1989.

  • Selected in the 7th round of the WLAF positional draft by the New York/ New Jersey Knights.

  • Had 54 tackles and 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD in 1991.

  • After the season concluded Mark signed with the Calgary Stampeders where they tried to convert him to OLB.

  • He appeared in 1 game making 1 special teams tackle.

  • Returned to the World League in 1992 and added 3 more sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception he returned 29 yards for a TD.

NOTES:

I was surprised that Mark only had this one card, but after many years I was lucky enough to track him down. I had thought he was living in Washington but in the end I found a seller who oddly posted Mark’s return envelope address on EBay.

He wrote me a very nice note and agreed with me that if the World League had just given them another year the league was really going to take off.

Williams, Reggie (LB)

Cards: ProSet 1989, Action Packed 1990, Action Packed Whizzer White Award 1991, ProSet 1991 WLAF Inserts
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 10/5 Received: 10/17 (12 days)

Reggie Williams played college football at Dartmouth, and was a 3 time All-Ivy League selection from 1973-1975. Reggie was so dominant that he caught the attention of pro scouts, parlaying his efforts to become a 3rd round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976.

Over the next 14 seasons, Reggie went on to become one of the Bengals best draft picks. He played in an unheard of 206 games (one short of Ken Riley for the franchise record), and virtually owned the entire Bengals record books at linebacker for every statistical category including: career tackles, sacks, interceptions, and fumbles. He also earned the Whizzer White Award in 1985, the NFL Man of the Year Award in 1986, and SI’s Sportsperson of the Year in 1987.

Reggie made waves next as he went on to work in the front office of the World League of American Football‘s New York-New Jersey Knights franchise in 1991, becoming one of the first African American General Managers in any pro capacity.

He’s been at the frontlines of visionary ideas leading sport and NFL initiatives and then working with Disney overseeing their recreational and sports divisions since then. In the final years of his time with the Bengals he also served as a city councilman, and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Still despite all this, and being virtually an icon with Cincinnati, Reggie has been largely unheralded by his former franchise. A true warrior, he’s had over 25 knee surgeries since his career concluded, and it has taken its toll on his leg. He’s written a book about his life, ‘Resilient by Nature’, where he gives a great wealth of insight into his life, and shares his dedication and willingness to overcome whatever obstacles he faces.

I had wanted to get Reggie’s autograph for sometime. He is the epitome of who I like to get an autograph from and for whom I like to write about. He has had an interesting journey both in and out of the sport- and I feel that he is someone who doesn’t get enough accolades for all he’s done. I wrote him an email through Facebook and he was kind enough to respond to me. We talked briefly about his foray into the World League- where he told me, “He loved the travel.” I sent him some old photos of magazine clippings from Gametime magazines as well that he enjoyed very much. He was doing a book signing in the area, so I sent him a stack of extra cards for his personal collection and to hand out to fans. A man of his word, Reggie signed these cards in no time flat for me.

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