Drafted in the 3rd round of the positional draft by the Birmingham Fire, linebacker Maurice Oliver was overshadowed by his teammates Paul McGowan and John Brantley, but it was Maurice who’d lead the team in sacks out of the gate in 1991 with 7.
Originally a developmental squad member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oliver would suit up for 3 games for them before drawing the WLAF’s attention. Oliver played the 1992 season for the Fire as well where I’d get his autograph after the ending of the San Antonio Riders versus the Birmingham Fire game in which the Riders would win the hard fought contest. In that season he’d grab another 6 sacks, finishing as the franchise leader with 13, – as after the 1992 season the league would suspend operations.
After retiring from football Maurice would go into insurance and as of this post is an agent for State Farm (www.mauriceoliver.com) in Alabama.
Games 20 Tac N/a Sac 13 FF N/a Int 0 Yds 0 Avg -.- Td 0
Signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 1990, Arthur Hunter didn’t make the final roster. Undeterred from playing football, he was drafted by the Birmingham Fire of the WLAF in the 10th round of the league’s initial positional draft. Art ended up leading the secondary with his aggressive play, pulling down 6 interceptions and scoring a touchdown. (The Fire ended up finishing second in the league in interceptions.) Despite Hunter’s impressive stats, including 61 tackles and two fumbles, he was not selected to the league’s All-World Team. In 1992, he’d add another 2 picks (and a second touchdown) to bring his career total to 8 interceptions before the league suspended operations.
In both seasons, Hunter was an unheralded member of the Birmingham Fire’s staunch defense, that formed the backbone of those playoff teams.
When I found Arthur that evening, he and the other defensive backs were leaving through the stands after the game. They all patiently stopped and signed my cards and laughed at their photos on the back.
Since then Hunter played some time in the Arena Football and lives in Ohio.
G/Gs 20/20 Tac N/a Sac N/a Fum N/a Int 8 Yds 115 Avg 14.4 Td 2 Lg 37T
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.