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Williams, Marquise (3)

CARDS: Panini Prism 2016 Blue, Topps XFL 2020, Custom Card
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 10/27 RECEIVED: 3/13 (138 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

I can not remember if I got help from Mark (Mark’s Signing Bonus) on this one- but if I must give credit where it is due. Over the years we’ve collaborated so much and he’s been very helpful and encouraging all along the way.

I had been searching for Marquise to get him specifically on these cards. The Panini Prism card was one that I had hoped to get signed when he played for the AAF, but later I just went ahead and bought a base certified autograph of. – And of course the XFL 2020 one was something I wanted to get shortly after the set came out. Marquise signed the back of my card for him and returned it, which was nice of him, but it was intended for him- in case he ever wanted to visit the shrine.

Harrell, Graham

CARDS: Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009 Longevity, Score 2009
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 10/11 RECEIVED: 10/21 (10 Days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • QB saw action from 2005-08 for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

  • Had incredible record setting season in 2007 throwing for 5,705 yards and 48 TDs on 512 of 713 passing.

  • Finished college career with 1403 completions, 2011 attempts, 15,793 yards, 134 TDs, and just 34 interceptions.

  • Wasn’t selected coming out of the 2009 NFL draft.

  • Attended rookie camp with the Browns, and later flirted with the UFL.

  • Ultimately signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 2009.

  • Joined Packers in 2010, and saw little playing time behind Aaron Rodgers.

  • Signed and released by Jets in 2013 before regular season.

  • After successful stints working up college ranks, saw most success at UNT and then later was an OC for the USC Trojans.

ACCOLADES:

  • 2007 Sammy Baugh Trophy

  • 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

  • 2008 AT&T All-America Player of the Year

NOTES:

It’s only a matter of time before Graham is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as he holds multiple college records. Since 2009 contains quite a few sets I like, I decided to knock him out on these two cards.

Giftopoulos, Pete ‘Gifto’

1991 All World Canadian Football, #52 (UER)

CARD: 1991 All World Canadian Football
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/O Home
SENT: 7/6 RECEIVED: 9/3 (59 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played for Penn State from 1984 to 1987.

  • Originally started career as a TE, but later in 1985 switched to LB where he earned a starting role.

  • As a solid cover LB, intercepted 4 passes for 94 yards over college career.

  • Recorded a sack and 2 picks in 1987 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Was not selected in 1988 NFL Draft, but signed with the local Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders with the 6th overall pick of the 1988 CFL draft.

  • After refusing to report was subsequently traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

  • Played 8 seasons in Hamilton, recording a career high 77 tackles, and 3 sacks in 1990.

  • In 1991,  posted 63 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 3 interceptions for 28 yards.

  • Lost starting job in 1992, and saw time on the offensive line as well.

  • Was well known as a leading special teams player, and concluded his career after the 1995 season.

CFL

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NOTES:

Thanks in part to his unique Greek last name, Pete was very easy to find. It should be observed that in the past, he rarely responded through the mail from what I could tell- perhaps because of the misspelling of his name on this card, which spells his last name ‘Giftopoulus’ as opposed the correct spelling of ‘Giftopoulos’.