Richard Sherman when he arrived at Stanford was actually a WR. He in fact caught 81 passes for 1340 yards and 7 TDs over his Freshman and Sophomore campaigns in 2006 and 2007. He’d switch to CB during 2009 and start climbing the depth chart. Sherman posted 113 total tackles and 6 interceptions for 82 yards and a TD. Richard was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Richard again climbed the depth chart and started 10 games his rookie year. He was named to multiple rookie teams at the end of the season. Quickly establishing himself as one of the premier defensive backs in the league, he posted 8 interceptions and 24 pass deflections (league leader) in 2012- earning his first of three consecutive All-Pro Nominations, as a member of the Seahawks secondary, the feared ‘Legion of Boom’. 2013 saw him leading the NFL in interceptions with 8, as 2014 saw him earn his final nod as teams threw away from him with regularity and respect. Richard continued to see Pro Bowl nominations through the 2016 season.
As the Legion began breaking up, Richard saw free agency in 2018. It would come as a stunner to Seahawks fans as he joined the division rival San Fransisco 49ers. He returned to Pro Bowl form in 2019 as Sherman pulled down 3 interceptions for 65 yards and a TD, along with 31 pass deflections.
I wrote Richard sort of on a whim. I had this really nice Panini Contenders card, and I stumbled over the Score card as I was thinking about it. I took it as a sign and went for it, mailing to the 49ers facility. I was very lucky to see a response in a bit under 60 days.
Channing Stribling played defensive back collegially at Michigan from 2013-2016. He amassed 69 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 15 pass deflections, and 6 picks for 91 yards and a TD. After going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, Channing was on and off the practice squads of Cleveland and Indianapolis that year. In 2018, he was in camp with the 49ers- later returning to the Colts, and then to the Chargers.
After being cut in October of 2018, Stribling decided to give the Alliance of American Football a shot. He was assigned to the Memphis Express and started in the team’s young secondary, posting 19 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 pass deflections, and an interception for 31 yards.
A beautiful card for a marginally over-designed set, I really appreciated the style during this period. I love how this design is set up with the smoke/paint on the right edge of the canvas. The patch is boxed in nicely by the main figure and the smoke, with the grid broken down into what feels like a 3 columns.
Glen Coffee played collegially for the University of Alabama from 2005 to 2008. 2008 was a monster year for him, when he rushed for 1,383 yards on 233 carries and 10 TDs. He declared at the end of his Junior season and entered the 2009 NFL Draft.
Glen was selected in the 3rd round of the draft by the San Fransisco 49ers. He’d back up durable Frank Gore at runningback his rookie year rushing for 226 yards on 83 carries, scoring a TD. In 2010, Glen abruptly retired- citing his heart wasn’t in the game.
He joined the military in 2013, and after concluding his service as a paratrooper, attempted a comeback with the Spring League in 2017.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.