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McKnight, Rhema ‘Coach McKnight’

Card: 2007 Donruss Classics (945/999)
Acquired: 2016, Kenny’s Grab Bag

Rhema McKnight ranks among the top receivers in Notre Dame history playing there from 2002-2006. A rare 5th year Senior, McKnight posted almost identical lines in 2003 (47 receptions, 600 yards, 3 TDs) and 2004 (42 receptions for 610 yards, 3 TDs), before a devastating knee injury wrecked his 2005 campaign. Rhema returned in 2006 and posted his best year ever, with 67 catches for 907 yards and 15 touchdowns.  His 170 career receptions and 22 TD career catches ranked second in school history at the time of his graduation. Rhema was not selected in the 2006 NFL Draft. He signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints and then later was briefly on the roster of the San Diego Chargers.

As of 2015, McKnight remains busy working for a construction company in California, and runs the Rhema McKnight Football Camp.

I pulled this autograph from a grab bag at Kenny’s Card Shop- a local quiet, card filled institution of collectible and sports memorabilia. Not a big fan of this card design. I feel as though it is cluttered with over elaborate design, all to justify the ‘classic’ label, with the gold foil type getting lost in the maroon ribbon.

Bosa, Joey

Card: Panini Contenders 2016
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Home
Sent:  4/18  Received: 5/6   (18 days)

Joey Bosa has been hailed as the second coming of JJ Watt by some. The son of former Miami Dolphin John Bosa had an eye popping career at Ohio State and impressive measurables to boot. The 3rd overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers finished with 148 total tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles in only 3 years.

Joey finished his rookie year with San Diego with 29 tackles and 10.5 sacks. In 2017 he continued his tear where he became the fastest player to reach 20 sacks, doing so in only 20 games.  He concluded the 2017 season with

I was pretty hot on Bosa entering into the 2016 NFL Draft. He and Ezekiel Elliot were the best players on my draft board, but I knew they’d both be gone early before the Texans came up.  I hoped to pull an autograph of Bosa at some point but had no luck at all- so I decided to go TTM.

Well beggars can’t be choosers- as the Sage Artistry that I really liked did not come back to me. Instead Joey sent me a Panini Contenders School Colors card. Not that I am complaining or anything. There has been speculation that the autographs coming back were fakes of Bosa, but really they just look badly rushed. Also if they were fakes, then why stop signing all together?  With that being said, Bosa at this time no longer signs autographs through his home address anymore.

Anderson, Gary (RB)

Cards: Skybox 1992, Action Packed Rookies 1990
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Home
Sent: 8/29   Received: 9/14  (16  days)
Failure: 2014, C/o Home

Arkansas runningback Gary Anderson has had quite a long career in many leagues. He played from 1979 to 1982 for the Razorbacks, compiling 1,999 yards rushing on 392 carries, scoring 10 TDs, and displaying soft hands catching 94 passes for 1,075 yards and 8 TDs. Selected in 1983 by the San Diego Chargers- Gary opted to play for the upstart USFL instead.

After the New Jersey Generals traded Anderson’s rights to the Tampa Bay Bandits, he became the go to back in Steve Spurrier’s Banditball offense. He’d finish 4th in the league with 2,731 yards and 39 touchdowns during his time in the league before it folded up shop.

By the time Anderson got around to the Chargers, San Diego wasn’t really sure what to do with him, when they had a West Coast attack powered by future HoF QB Dan Fouts. Gary in the meantime handled kick return duties and posted sub-400 yard rushing seasons. Gary also caught a lot of passes, earning his only Pro Bowl berth in 1986 as a jack of all trades when he had 80 catches for 871 yards and 8 TDs along with 442 yards rushing, 482 yards kick returning, and 227 yards punt returning. He later posted a career high 1,119 yards on 225 carries in 1988. After an acrimonious holdout that wiped out his 1989 season, Gary was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He had a pretty decent 1990 season in which he posted 1110 total yards from scrimmage, and although the rest of his career in the NFL was largely injury riddled, Gary was enshrined into Tecmo Super Bowl lore- as an extremely underrated back. He’d split time with the Bucs and Lions in his final year in the NFL (1993).

After a year off Gary returned to football to play for the CFL USA initiative and the Memphis MadDogs in 1995. He’d be released in camp the following year by the Roughriders.

In 2006, Gary was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Of note, if you calculate all of Gary’s time between the three leagues, he has over 14,500 yards from scrimmage.

I had tried to get his autograph a few years ago. He checked many of the odd boxes that I liked: 80s runningback, Action Packed Rookies card, and a player on Tecmo Super Bowl. I missed out on him because in his hometown there is a Court and a Cove that have the same street name but are in totally different places. Thankfully after a second attempt I was able to knock the former elusive back out.  This Action Packed card, like many in the set, was quite common, but it is a good action shot and the emboss shows up well on it. The SkyBox 1992 was another one of my favorite sets of that era. With the large name at the top and crystal clear photography, it really set itself apart from the competition.

USFL  54      RUSH 641    YDS 2731    AVG 4.3     TD 39     LG N/A
REC 167    YDS  1707    AVG 10.2    TD  6

NFL   111/61      RUSH 869      YDS 3409       AVG 3.9     TD 16    LG 64T
REC 302    YDS 2999     AVG 9.9     TD 15    LG 74T
KR  143      YDS 2779    AVG 19.4   TD 1       LG 98T
PR  48         YDS  385      AVG 8.0          TD 0      LG 30

CFL 14        RUSH 66     YDS  250     AVG 3.8     TD 3
REC  28      YDS 273      AVG 9.8        TD 0