Tag Archives: San Antonio Riders

Williams, Doug (OT)

Card: Wild Card WLAF 1992
Acquired: 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 8/22 Received: 8/31 (8 days)

Doug Williams played his college ball at Texas A&M from 1982-1985. The 6’5″, 300 pound lineman blocked up front for future notable NFL runningbacks Keith Woodside, Anthony Toney, and Roger Vick. He’d be selected in the second round of the 1986 NFL draft by the New York Jets.

After a brief holdout, he’d sign with the team. Unfairly he’d be thrust into action in the preseason against the formidable Giants pass rush which included Lawrence Taylor and Leonard Marshall. The team cut him before the regular season citing his lack of camp prep time as a main reason for his dismissal.

Doug signed with the Houston Oilers and suited up for 15 games, starting 2 that year. He then started 7 of 8 games for Houston in the strike shortened 1987 season playing primarily tackle.

Doug was selected in 1992 by the San Antonio Riders of the World League. He made the roster and had a great season blocking up front for the league’s leading rusher Ivory Lee Brown and quarterback Mike Johnson. The Riders cruised to a 7-3 record before the league went on hiatus.

Class act by Doug here, as he not only signed my card, he added his own inscribed photo as well and sent it back on his own dime! I struggled mightily to find Doug over the years as his name is a fairly common one. Thankfully Wikipedia gave me a solid lead to move forward with to narrow down the names.

Eaglin, Greg

Card: Ultimate World League 1992 TV Schedule 3
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 10/21 Received: 11/1 (11 days)

Defensive back Greg Eaglin (#26) graces the front of this TV Schedule card featuring the San Antonio Riders versus the Ohio Glory in their 1992 preseason matchup. The return envelope itself appeared to have been run over by a car and then mangled by a dog, but somehow it got back to me. -Regardless of the condition of the card, I am thankful that Greg took the time to sign. As of 2019, Greg resides in the Dallas, Tx area.

Defensive back Greg Eaglin started his college career at Texas, but transferred to University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff.

He was a free agent signee of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1991, but did not make the squad. Greg was selected by the San Antonio Riders of the World League in 1992 as their 28th selection. While with the Riders he intercepted one pass- during the infamous hailstorm game against the Ohio Glory, when a Pat O’Hara pass deflected off of offensive lineman Eric Harmon. He ended the season on the roster of the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Greg joined the CFL in 1993 when he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He’d finish out the season on the roster of the Calgary Stampeders but was released in July of 1994. Greg resigned with the Ti-Cats, and made an instant impact recording 5 interceptions in perhaps his best season as a pro. He’d sign with the Toronto Argonauts in ’95 and play with them until midway through the 1996 season. He’d then finish his career in the CFL back where he started again- back with the Ti-Cats.

In 1997, Eaglin played one lone season in the Arena leagues for the Iowa Barnstormers as a WR-LB.

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Searcy, George

Card: Wild Card World League 1992
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 11/18/19 Received: 1/2/20 (45 days)

George played ball for Eastern Tennessee State from 1987-1990. A big an powerful tailback, George set many rushing records for the Bucs that still stand today. A member of the Bucs upset win in 1987 over NC State- Searcy caught a TD pass to help cinch the win. He then ran for 210 yards over the Citadel in 1989- a season in which he ran for 1,324 yards on 275 carries, and scored 17 TDs, winning the Southern Conference’s Offensive MVP Award. During that season he logged 5 games with over 30 carries and 4 games with 3 TDs. George closed out his career for the Bucs with 462 carries for 2,262 yards.

George was not selected in the 1990 NFL Draft. He signed as a rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins, but did not make the squad. He joined the San Antonio Riders in 1992 after being selected in the 6th round of the player draft. He was a key cog in the Riders World League leading rushing offense, blocking up front and spelling for league leader Ivory Lee Brown that year. George ran 43 times for 195 yards. A dependable receiver out of the backfield, Searcy caught 36 passes for 267 yards and a TD. After the World League folded George stayed in playing shape, and showed up again briefly on the radar of the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts in 1995.

I was positive that I had already taken a shot at George back 5-7 years ago, but after researching my records, I determined I had not. After doing some digging online, I found out that his daughter lived in Florida. The breadcrumbs slowly led me to him, so I decided to throw this card out there and take a shot.

He signed this card in 45 days and included this nice note:

i am sorry for the delay in returning the card. Thanks for being a fan. I had a great time playing in San Antonio. Good luck with your mission.

Merry X-Mas,
George Searcy #20

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