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Akins, Marty

Cards: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011, UT UD 2011 ATA, UT UD 2011 NC
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Home
Sent: 5/5  Received: 5/12   (7 days)

Marty Akins played for the Texas Longhorns from 1972 to 1975 and is considered legendary coach Darrell Royal’s favorite quarterback. Oddly the Longhorns starting quarterback first got noticed as a dangerous kick and punt returner during the 1973 Cotton Bowl. He became the starting quarterback for the Longhorns in the 1973 season and led the school to Conference Championships in both 1973 and 1975.

At the time of his departure from the school, Marty earned numerous school records and finished with a 27-9 record. Among his QB records were the school career rushing record (2020 yards),  career rushing TDs (26), and the single game rushing yard record (188), which all stood until the Vince Young era. Marty capped his 1975 by earning NCAA All-American Honors, and numerous SWC and National honors. The Wishbone never caught on at the pro level, so the NFL was at a loss as what position a gifted athlete like Marty should play.

He’d be selected in the 11th round of the 1976 Draft by the then St. Louis Cardinals. Although a featured member of the scout team who could play a variety of positions in a pinch, he saw no significant playtime during his stint in the league.  Later in 1977 he’d be traded to the New Orleans Saints, but retired before the regular season began.

In 1995, Akins was inducted into the Longhorn Honor Roll, and has received many other post retirement honors for his time at Texas. He went into law, coached golf at the college level, and as of 2017 lives in the Austin, Tx area.

Wow. Great find in Marty here. With 3 superior action shots of him here, this is a great example of a canvas made better by an exquisite autograph. Marty has solid curvature to his signature, with all the loops and hooks at the right place. He wrote me a warm return letter and included a copy of a nice note that Darrell Royal sent Marty, telling him that Marty was the best quarterback he ever coached.

Walker, Johnny ‘Skywalker’ (RB)

WALKERCard: Top Notch UT Custom
Acquired: 2015, C/o NFLPA SA
Sent: 6/4  Received: 6/15    (11 days)

High flying John Walker was known for his fearless high-flying, short yardage heroics during his time at the University of Texas. The runningback finished his career with  388 carries for 1,641 yards and 17 TDs.

He was drafted by the then St. Louis Cardinals in the 9th round of the 1984 draft but did not make the squad.

John suffers from stage 2 colon cancer. I had heard about his story on a news channel and decided to make a card of him. Knowing that he was a member of the NFLPA Austin/San Antonio, I sent the custom out to him with a donation. I know that deep down, having your own football card, means a lot to somebody who never had one, especially the ‘old timers’. They understand the value of it, and how accomplished it makes them feel. John signed the back of the card and returned it in less than two weeks.

About a year later I ran into him at the Kansas City Chiefs/ Jaguars tilt at 3rd Base. I asked him how he liked the cards I made him. He stopped and his eyes brightened. Apparently he had no way of getting back in touch with me after he got the cards. He had already given them out and signed many of them for friends and family. We talked for a bit, and he asked for some more, which I was really happy to do for him.

Stouffer, Kelly

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ards: Fleer 1990, ProSet 1989, ProSet 1992, ProSet 1990
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Home
Sent:  12/30 /15   Received: 1/11/16     (12 days)

Kelly Stouffer had some fine cards for having such a short career in the NFL. He always titillated us as the future of the Seahawks at quarterback, but Seattle always fell in love with another quarterback before his time actually came.

The greatest quarterback in Colorado State history, the St. Louis Cardinals fell in love with the statistically heavy quarterback and drafted him with the 6th overall pick of the 1987 draft. The team envisioned him as the heir apparent to Neil Lomax. The plan made perfect sense except for one thing: The Cardinals could not come to terms with Stouffer the entire year. It was a big blow to St. Louis, so the team opted to trade him to the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle had long been the domain of another savvy aged quarterback, Dave Krieg- and he would not go down without a fight.

Kreig though was injured, and with his backup ineffective, Stouffer was given a chance to step in. He’d post a 3-3 record in relief of Dave, including a game in which Stouffer completed 26 of 47 passes for a then NFL Rookie Record 370 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.  He’d return to the bench with the return of Kreig.  Dave took pole position for the whole 1990 season.

The Seahawks in the meantime became enamored with quarterbacks, drafting Dan McGwire in the first round of the 1991 draft to be the new future of the franchise. As Krieg became more brittle behind the Seahawks porous offensive line, no less than 4 QBs started that season for the team, including Stouffer for a game.

With Kreig signing as a free agent with the Chiefs in 1992, the quarterback competition was wide open.  Stouffer actually won the job in camp, and flashed some signs of former brilliance in 7 starts, but eventually found himself on the bench both yielding to McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh.  After the season the team released Stouffer, as they planned to draft Rick Mirer.  Stouffer briefly popped up again on the radar as a backup for the Dolphins and Carolina Panthers, before he retired in 1996.

Stouffer went into broadcasting, honing his skills as a commentator in the NFLE.  He then moved back to stateside broadcasts, working college broadcasts for the Mountain West Conference. As of 2016 he’s a member of the ESPNU crew as a college football analyst.

G/GS   22/16   ATT  437    COMP 225    YDS  2333    PCT 51.5
TD 7     INT  19    RAT  54.5
RUSH  30        YDS  75       AVG  2.5     TD 0       LG  17