CARDS: ProSet 1989, Fleer 1990, Action Packed All Madden Team 1990 ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home SENT: 11/29 RECEIVED: 12/10 (11 days)
Comes from football blood lines as older brother, Pete, played center for New England, Willie was selected by the Chiefs, and Ray played at LSU.
First team All Big 8 tackle and team captain while playing at Colorado as Senior.
Saints first round pick in 1980. (#12 overall.)
Started 67 contests straight out of his rookie season before a knee injury in Week 14 of 1984 ended that streak.
Returned to form and started all games until Week 7 of 1988 with another knee injury landing on IR.
Rebounded from injury and was named to the All-Madden Team.
Started 64 more straight games for the Saints, and cemented himself as the franchise’s leader in games played and started. (186/182)
Joined the San Diego Chargers in 1993, seeing action in 48 more contests- starting 41, retiring after the 1995 season.
Upper echelon, equally skilled, run and pass blocker, who never seemed to get his due.
Went into coaching in 1997, working with the Portland Forest Dragons (1997-99) and LA Avengers (2000-01) of the Arena Football League.
Coached offensive line at Army from 2004-06.
Named head coach in 2007, compiling a 6-18 record.
Has also worked as a sports anchor for local TV affiliates in OR.
Stan has some great cards, and was represented on most of the major brands. I remember specifically pulling the Action Packed All Madden card from 7-11 after school one day and being blown away by its strong composition.
Stepfret Williams played for Louisiana-Monroe in 1994 and 1995.
He racked up some monster numbers posting two back to back 1,000 yard seasons.
In just two years he had 123 catches for 2162 yards (17.6 YPR) and 22 TDs.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Stepfret in the 3rd round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
Came into his own as a slot man, posting 30 receptions for 308 yards with 21 of those going for first downs and 1 for a TD.
Released by Cowboys in 1998, he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2000, but did not make the squad.
Williams played in the XFL in 2001 posting 828 yards on 51 receptions.
XFL (2001) league leader in receiving yards (828).
Stepfret was a curiosity to me. I felt he could’ve really excelled at the pro level, but just needed more seasoning. I was surprised that after his Birmingham Bolt experience he didn’t find a home with an NFL team. Great cards and autographs, I loved all three of these. Holograms were such a niche thing back then but this one looked great on a card.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.