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Poole, Terry

Topps AAF 2019, #142

Cards: Topps AAF 2019, Topps XFL 2020
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 7/16 Received: 8/3 (18 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Terry Poole played OT for San Diego State from 2011-2014.

  • Selected in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and was with the team through 2016.

  • Spent 2017 with the Dolphins and Texans.

  • In mid 2018, he became one of the early signings of the AAF, joining the San Diego Fleet, playing for the team through 2019 before it ceased operations.

  • Poole was selected by the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL in 2020.
Topps XFL 2020, #137

NOTES:

As I was a season ticket holder, I had tried a few times to get Terry’s autograph throughout the XFL season since he had an AAF card, but didn’t ever run into him at preseason activities or exiting after game. With a bit of diligence I was able to track him down via the mail and he responded with a nice note thanking me for being a fan of both leagues (AAF & XFL).

Johnson, Pepper

Cards: Action Packed 1992, ProSet 1989, Topps AAF 2019
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Work
Sent: 4/3 Received: 5/10 (37 days)
Donation: $5.00 per card

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Recorded 379 tackles and 5 sacks playing for the Buckeyes from 1982-1985.
  • New York Giants 2nd Round pick out of Ohio State in 1986 who was penciled in to play inside linebacker replacing Harry Carson.
  • Equally adept dropping into pass coverage or laying down the wood on opposing ball carriers.
  • Giants leading tackler in 1988, 1990-1992.
  • Pepper joined the Cleveland Browns in 1993, reuniting him with former Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, who used him at both inside and outside linebacker.
  • Johnson led the Browns in tackles with 207 in 1994, and 195 in 1995.
  • Went on to play for the Lions (96), and Jets (97/98).
  • Joined coaching staff of the Patriots in 2000 as a positional coach, and coached there through 2013.
  • Later Pepper coached for the Bills (14), Jets (15/16), in the AAF with the Memphis Express (2019), and briefly with the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL (2020).
  • In 2021 Pepper coached for IMG Academy in Florida.
Topps AAF 2019 #78

ACCOLADES:

  • Pepper is a two time Pro Bowler (90/94).
  • First team All-Pro (90).
  • Two time Super Bowl champion as player (XXI, XXV).
  • Three time Super Bowl champion as coach (XXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)

NOTES:

Pepper’s given name is Thomas. His nickname came from his habit of sprinkling pepper on his cereal as a child.

Pepper’s time in the XFL as a defensive coach lasted just one game as defensive coordinator of the Wildcats in 2020. He was fired after the team allowed 4 TD passes against the Houston Roughnecks in their season opener.

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Erickson, Dennis

Card: Topps AAF 2019
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 5/16 Received: 5/24 (8 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Dennis Erickson took over at Miami (FL) (after the departure of Jimmy Johnson) coaching the school to the National Title in 1989 and 1991.

  • He departed Miami (FL) in 1994 and was named head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

  • Erickson compiled a 39-41 record with the Seahawks over the next 4 years.

  • After a successful stint at Oregon St, Dennis returned to the pros again, to coach with the San Fransisco 49ers in 2003.

  • He coached at Idaho and Arizona State after that and at Utah briefly as a positional coach, retiring in 2016.

  • Erickson compiled a 179-96-1 record as a college coach.

  • Dennis heard the siren’s call one last time, and was lured out of retirement by the Alliance of American Football in 2018, coaching the Salt Lake City Stallions to a 2-5 record before the league fell apart.

ACCOLADES:

  • State of Washington Hall of Fame 2017

  • NCAA National Champion¬† ¬†(89/91)

  • College Football Hall of Fame inductee

NOTES:

This is an absolutely terrible card of Dennis. They could have actually airbrushed his face a bit more, but instead he looks like a craggily zombie with that green filter. Dennis has a pretty interesting coaching tree under him that includes Jim Zorn, Tommy Tuberville, Dan Quinn, Ed Orgeron, and Jim Mora Jr.

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