A deep cut find out of East Tennessee State, DB Thane Gash was selected in the 7th round of the ’88 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
After not really seeing the field in his rookie year, Thane slotted in at FS where he quickly developed a reputation as a headhunter with a nose for the endzone.
In 1989, he picked up 3 interceptions (returning 2 for TDs) and led the team in tackles with 134.
Only had 1 pick in 1990, but duplicated his tackle feat, leading the team with another 134 tackles.
During the offseason in 1991, Gash herniated a disc in his neck, and was placed on IR for the entire season.
In 1992, joined the 49ers to replace Ronnie Lott at FS -who had left the previous season for the Raiders.
Gash started 3 games that year, and then retired after the 1993 season
I had been sitting on Thane’s cards for a while. He has a stack of really good cards combined with set needs that I had wanted. Thankfully he’s a voracious signer (when he does) and he signed all 5 cards I sent to him.
Richmond was one of the last of the former players to arrive. I was very happy to meet him again after the Houston Fan Fest about 10 years prior. Bam Bam egged me on Twitter to come on out to the event, telling me that, “He’d be there,” As incentive to get me to make the drive from Austin. Very personable and easy to talk to, we covered a variety of topics in a short amount of time before I had to go.
He’s no longer a member of the Texans Ambassador program. That ended about a year ago. Now that the franchise is old enough, they have their own history and players.
Richmond inked these 4 cards, plus two others that were consignments for friends. I had probably 10 other cards, but I didn’t want to overload him. I think he acknowledged that by letting me know that he’d be up in my neighborhood maybe this year to watch a Dolphins game with a fan group and would give me a heads up.
Played collegially at the University of Miami, FL for Jimmy Johnson.
From the defensive end position, finished as the school’s all time leading sacker with 39.5.
Also chipped in 267 tackles and 25 TFL.
Second round pick of the San Fransisco 49ers in 1988.
Utilized primarily as a pass rushing specialist, chipped in 6 sacks in rookie season.
Reunited with Jimmy Johnson in draft day trade along with RB Terrence Flagler in 1990 to play with Cowboys.
Paid immediate dividends at DE, with 59 total tackles, 7.5 sacks and 2 fumbles.
After acrimonious holdout, was passed in depth chart by Tony Tolbert and was cut during the 91 season.
Claimed by the Bengals and moved to outside linebacker for the final 7 games of the year.
Had solid season in 1992, racking up a career high 9 sacks.
After a year with the Eagles in 1995, reunited again with college and Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson to close out career.
Played 3 final seasons with Dolphins and was released in early 1999.
I hadn’t ever gotten Danny at Cowboys training camp as he was with the team just one camp before his holdout. It was a longtime coming, but the Score Supplemental had sat in my deck for years and needed to be signed.
Oddly I got an RTS on Danny even though I had the correct address and saw other people getting back successes from him. I decided to go ahead and try again and luck had it, I got him this time. Maybe his mailbox was full. I am not sure.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.