Card: Score Supplemental 1991
Acquired: In Person 1992, Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp
Richard “Rich” Miano is a great story. Originally a walk on at Hawaii, Miano would end up becoming an All WAC defensive back for the Rainbow Warriors. Upon graduation in 1985 the New York Jets would draft Miano in the 6th round.
He’d end up starting one game a piece in his rookie season and his sophomore seasons winding up with 2 interceptions and 60 tackles providing valuable depth to the Jets secondary. Over 1987 and 88, Miano would be entrusted with the starting assignment at strong safety, making 5 interceptions and 112 tackles, before being sidelined for nearly 2 seasons with a catastrophic injury in 1989. Losing his 1990 as well, Miano was exposed Plan B by the Jets at season’s end, thinking they could either sneak him through free agency or that he was done, but the Eagles opportunistically snapped him up. He’d work his way slowly into the lineup over 1991 making 3 interceptions, starting 1 game. By 1992 Rich would become the defacto starter at strong safety for the Eagles, starting 11 games and making a career high 125 tackles. Granted the starting assignment again in 1993 Rich would start 14 more games and intercept a career high 4 passes at free safety, while making 104 tackles. As injuries piled up after the season, Miano would not see any signifigant starting time in the next two seasons finishing his 1995 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. After retirement, Miano would return to his Alma Mater of Hawaii where he is an assistant coach for the Warriors.
I got Rich’s autograph at Philadelphia Eagles training camp that summer in West Chester. I remember the team had to run gassers because head coach Richie Kotite did not approve of the amount of fighting that was going on between teammates that day but I still managed to get a few autographs.
I felt like the Score Supplemental 1991 set was bloated, especially after the great success of Score Supplemental 1990. There were not as many impact rookies as there were the previous season, and seeding the lot with not exactly household names – like Rich, didn’t help either. As mentioned on a previous post, Score just got uglier and uglier for a while there during the 1990s.
G/Gs 135/57 Tac 525 Sac 0.5 Fum 3 Int 15 Yds 128 Avg 8.5 Td 0 Lg 39
Cards: Action Packed 1991, Score Supplemental 1992
Acquired: Patriots Blitz 1992
Speedy defensive back Jerome Henderson was taken out of Syracuse in the 2nd round of the 1991 draft by the New England Patriots. He would provide valuable depth for the team also acting as a punt returner that initial season. Things looked good for Henderson who made 5 picks, 2 fumbles, 101 tackles and 201 punt return yards over two seasons, but by 1993 he was already playing for the Buffalo Bills, where he’d remain through 1994. In 1995 Henderson would sign with the Eagles, where he recovered one fumble and returned it for a touchdown, before he returned to the Patriots in 1996. 1997 would see him step up to a new challenge as he moved into the free safety position for the New York Jets, where he’d finish his career after 2 more additional seasons in 1998. At last check Henderson is the defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns. It’s interesting looking at the certainly journeyman like career of Henderson and where he has been as he has spent his whole college career and pro career within a 500 mile radius of New York City with 5 teams and 6 stops.
G/Gs 98/33 Tac 205 Sac 1 Fum Int 9 Yds 118 Avg 10.9 Td 0 Lg 45
Cards: Action Packed 1992, Score Supplemental 1992
Acquired: In Person, Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 1991, 1992
Todd Marinovich is a tragic story of a person who could not live up to the expectations and accolades that were heaped upon him. I remember the first time I had heard about Todd. It was the cover of a Sports Illustrated magazine with him in his USC uniform proclaiming him as “Robovich”, that I became perplexed by this young athlete. I read the article and how he was born and bred to become a superstar at the next level, and even I myself after reading this magazine thought that Marinovich was destined to be the next Dan Marino. What I didn’t understand like many others was the complexity of problems that were being created for Todd because of his lifestyle. It is no fault of his parents. They wanted the best for him and went of their way to provide the best for him. A divorce however didn’t help things, and Marinovich had begun to experiment in drugs such as marijuana, alcohol and cocaine. Regardless after a relatively impressive college career at USC, the Los Angeles Raiders would elect to select Todd with their first round choice in 1991. Despite a few games in which Marinovich would flash talent, his drug use escalated as he began using other drugs such as LSD. His 1992 season, while again improving statistically resulted in him striking out of the NFL’s drug rehabilitation program before the 1993 season. Marinovich would shift over to the CFL in 1995 to revive his career playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but this time injury would end his career there before he ever begun. He’d take more time off and receive serious intrest from the NFL in 1999, but would end up with the British Columbia Lions. In 2000, Todd would join the Los Angeles Avengers in the Arena league, where he’d have the best moments of his football career leading the Avengers and being named to various rookie teams, but with his drug use never being curtailed, Marinovich spiraled back out of control and out of football for good by the end of 2001. (He’d finish his career in the Arena leagues with 472 attempts, 249 completions, 3214 yards, 62 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, and an 88.5 qb rating.) Truly a tragic sports name, Marinovich has been named as one of the NFL’s greatest draft busts of all time. Marinovich has continued to be in and out of drug treatment and in trouble with the law. He sometimes could be found at some points down on the beaches near LA skateboarding or clearing barnacles from boats. I’d get Todd’s autograph on his Action Packed Rookies card in training camp in 1991 but by his second year his autograph had radically changed to just ‘Todd’.
G/Gs 8/8 Att 205 Comp 104 Yds 1345 Pct 50.7% Td 8 Int 9 Rat 66.4