CARDS: Topps 1990, Score 1991, Pro Set 1989 ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home SENT: 11/29 RECEIVED: 1/14 (41 days)
Played at SFA from 1982-85 at WR.
Had 2661 yards receiving and 26 TD catches and returned punts as well.
Drafted in the 6th round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Played 7 seasons in the NFL.
Had career high 42 receptions for 617 yards and 2 TDs in rookie year, and had a 65 yard long.
Posted 36 catches in 1988- with 5 of them going for TDs.
Played final season for the Eagles, catching 3 passes.
Gulf All-Star Conference First Team Honors 1986
SFA Hall of Fame 2021
There was this quiet pipeline of offensive talent that came out of SFA in the mid to late 80s and Floyd was among them alongside guys like Patrick Jackson, Todd Fowler, James Noble, and Larry Centers. While Floyd’s Pro Set 1989 is a real head turner, his Score 1991 is a pretty goofy looking shot. No wonder you don’t see very many card shots of players after they’ve been tackled to the ground.
CARDS: Pro Set 1990, Score 1991, Action Packed 1990 ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home SENT: 10/11 RECEIVED: 10/30 (19 days)
Played college ball for the Fightin’ Illini at Free Safety.
Originally a 5th round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1988, but couldn’t crack roster.
Signed by Colts as free agent and developed into a full time starter in 3rd NFL season.
Had 22 tackles in 1989, but a monstrous 7 picks for 225 yards and a TD as the team’s nickleback.
At the time his 80 yard pick for a TD against Buffalo was a club record.
In his first full season as starter in 1990, had 104 tackles and 3 more picks.
Rejoined Saints in 1992, playing the next season there, recording another 4 interceptions.
Then joined Redskins in 1994 playing for Washington through 1996.
Keith sneakily got into some fine sets for his 1989 contributions. He was kind enough to personalize three for me. I especially like the Action Packed and the Pro Set cards. -Great profile cards. Keith is the brother of 49ers WR John Taylor.
Cards: Upper Deck 1991, Score Supplemental 1991, GameDay 1992, ProSet 1991, ProSet 1991 #1 Pick, ProSet 1992 Acquired: In Person 2020, Dallas Renegades v The Houston Roughnecks See Also: Russell Maryland
So Russell was this Cowboy that I just got once or twice at Cowboys training camp as a kid and then that was it. The other players probably told him not to shell out too many autographs because we were there all the time (and they probably suspected us of selling them). Over the years I piled up some great cards of Russell. From his college ProSet card to his Gameday card, I had heard from time to time he did sign through a project that he was doing in Florida called Reading for Dragons or something like that, but didn’t want to take the chance of that being a bad lead, so I just held on to these cards. I never thought in my wildest imagination that 30 ish years later I’d get him at a Spring Football game in Dallas, but here we are!
The Cowboys pretty much jumped at the opportunity to embrace the XFL Renegades, loaning greats Everson Walls and Russell Maryland for the Renegades game against the Houston Roughnecks. As a Roughneck fan I was given a chance to attend the road game for free- so I seized upon the chance and drove to Dallas with these cards in tow. The Dallas front office put together a really nice pregame show. The Cowboys players did an interview and then afterwards signed autographs.
Russell was a really nice guy. He didn’t have any qualms with signing so many cards now. We chatted for a few minutes about those hot summers in Austin at training camp and how much fun he had. He was surprised that I knew about Reading for Dragons and told me that he only briefly did that and that the program was long gone. After signing Russell, with a wide and broad smile, pretty much surprisingly blended in with the crowd, so much so he got pulled aside when he entered the arena, to be wanded by arena staff.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.