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English, Doug

Cards: Topps 1980, UT Upper Deck 2011, UT Upper Deck ATA 2011
Acquired: TTM 2016, C/o Work
Sent:  12/12   Received:  12/24    (12 days)

Doug English is an under-recognized defensive lineman out of the University of Texas. Over the years he’s known for being a member of the Detroit Lions Silver Rush Defense, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Longhorn Hall of Honor, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Wearing the number 74 in honor of his favorite player Bob Lily, English went out and wrecked havoc on opposing defenses during his time in the SWC from 1972-1975. With explosive quickness, tenacity, size, and smarts, Doug parlayed his dominance into a second round selection by the Detroit Lions in 1975, who used him alongside Bubba Baker. English spent his entire career in Detroit, sans a one year retirement in 1980 due to injuries and a lack of passion for the game. Over his career in the NFL, English garnered 4 Pro Bowl appearances and one All Pro Nomination (1982).

Doug was named the Lions defensive MVP In 1979, after recording 122 tackles (90 solo) and 6.5 sacks, His unofficial count of 59.0 sacks ranks 6th all-time on the Lions charts- and he is considered the franchise leader among interior linemen. His best season came in 1983 when Doug had a career high 13 sacks, helping the Lions claim the 1983 NFC Central Division title. He shares the NFL record for most career safeties (4), and is one of a select few players to record 2 in a season. He retired in 1986.

Doug currently resides in Texas where he has business ventures. I was able to get his autograph on these 3 cards.  His All-Time Alumni card is quite heroic, and I am surprised that with his accolades he was not selected for an Upper Deck Legends card or something of the sort.

G/Gs  131/114            Tac  N/A          Sac 59.0           Fum  9
Int 0          Yds   0            Avg -.-       TD 0         Lg   -.-

 

 

LeClair, Jim

Cards: Topps 1980, Topps 1978
Acquired: Canton Acquisition 2012

After a short stint at Minnesota-Crookston, Jim Transferred to North Dakota.  Still not gaining the eyes of professional scouts, it took an incredible banner year for the linebacker to finally get the attention he deserved. He was credited with 187 tackles, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, and 20 tackles for loss in 1971, and captured Little All-American Honors for his titanic performance. – Just incredible numbers. LeClair was selected by Paul Brown’s Bengals in the 3rd round of the 1972 draft, where he’d spell equally impressive Bill Bergey and primarily play special teams. While Bergey moved on to the Eagles in ’73, it was obvious that the mantle at middle linebacker soon would rest on Jim’s shoulders. By 1975 LeClair had really taken off at the position, making a career high 3 picks in 14 games that year. In 1976, Jim received his first Pro Bowl nomination. In 1980, the Bengals switched to a 3-4 defense, and Jim moved to LILB, playing for the team through 1983.  Bill by this point had been playing for 12 seasons, but still had the sport in his veins, and signed with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. He’d finish his career there in 1984, but still manages to make it down to a game or two to cheer on the Bengals each season.

He’s currently retired and lives in North Dakota, spending time as an insurance agent. Jim has done some wild stuff over his days, as an Army reservist, including  wrestling a bear to a draw. Not a Chicago bear, – a real bear. He’s been a mayor and was head coach of the Mayville State University football team from 1986 – 1988. He has been inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and also is a 1999 member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

G 158    Tac  N/a     Sac N/a     Fum 10
Int 10    Yds  64    Avg   6.4     Td  0   Lg 21

 

Pearson, Drew (3)

to84 pearson pset90 sb X to80 pearson to79 pearson pset90 sb XXII

Cards: ProSet 1990 SB X, ProSet 1990 SB XII, Topps 1980, Topps 1979, ProSet 1992 88’s, Upper Deck 1997 MM, Topps 1984.
Acquired: IP 11/8/2014, GameDay Sports Tour Austin, Texas.
See Also: Drew Pearson “Mr. Clutch”, Drew Pearson (2)

Texas Autograph Club, or TAC for short, has been a valuable resource for my autograph collecting hobby.  I got wind through GameDay Sports Tours that they were coming to Austin through TAC, and although I have gotten Drew Pearson multiple times in the past, I was still interested in getting his autograph on a few more cards. Chief among them was this Upper Deck that he shares with James Lofton, that I will get Lofton on at a later date. The ProSet 1992 card that he shares with Michael Irvin is also a very nice card, however I doubt seriously I’ll ever get the other 88 to sign this card, especially for the exorbitant price he charges. The other Topps cards were filler in my inventory while the ProSet serve in historical retrospect of Drew’s career. Pearson scored a TD in the Cowboys pset92 pearsonirvin 88Super Bowl X loss to the Steelers,

The event went well enough. It was held in a moderately rough location in Austin, but living in California for a few years, – I had shopped in more impoverished places, so it didn’t bother me at all.  I ran into a few other members of the board that I knew and talked to them for a bit about what they were getting signed. I was pretty close to the front of the line, so it was easy for me to get all of these cards signed. Drew started signing and stopped only briefly to ask me, “If this was it?” He flashed his customary Super Bowl ring at me and I was done. It was pretty much an in and out transaction.

Drew was finally inducted into the Cowboys Ring of ud97 pearson lofton mmHonor and does a lot of sports radio work, hosting his own self-titled hour long show on the Fox Sports Network. He also does color commentary for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Pearson lives in Plano, Tx and is considered one of the 10 Greatest Cowboys Players ever.