Tag Archives: San Antonio Riders

Bradley, Bill ‘Super Bill’ (2)

Cards: Upper Deck Legends 1997, Top Notch Signature Select
Acquired: TTM 2018, C/o Home
Sent: 9/15/18 Received: 1/13/20 (487 days)
See Also: Bill Bradley ‘Super Bill’

Bill Bradley signed my custom card of him, and also sent back the extra with more inscriptions upon it. A solid return, he wrote me a nice note with a full page of additional inscriptions and thanked me for being a fan and putting this website together with my shrines to the multiple leagues.

I hadn’t seen Bill since he appeared in Austin for the Upper Deck set signing back in 2011. In the meantime, while he was coaching at Lamar (2012-2014) I found this Upper Deck Legends card I really wanted to get him on, but I opted not to try him through the mail yet.

Time passed, and in 2018- after much deliberation, the Alliance of American Football established their last franchise in San Antonio. I quickly speculated that the team was going to nab Mike Riley as their head coach. While at the Season Ticket Holders Team Announcement Party, Mike let me in on a little secret since he knew I was a San Antonio Riders fan- he was courting Bill to come back and work for him on the Commanders defense as a defensive secondary coach!

Bill’s secondary in the AAF was an exciting unit to watch and led the league in turnovers. His coaching legacy now also includes the AAF Defensive Player of the Year Derron Smith, and a bevvy of players who were signed to NFL, Arena, and XFL rosters.

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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