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Griese, Bob (2)

Upper Deck College Legends 2011, #13

Cards: Upper Deck College Legends 2011, Panini Classics 2016 (17/99)
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 6/29 Received: 9/18 (446 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

Panini Classics 2016 Canton Collections, #8

NOTES:

Well, true to form Bob made me wait almost two years between two returns. When I opened up the Panini Classics pack and found this patch inside, I thought it’d make a great canvas on which to get his autograph. I was not disappointed.

Perry, William ‘The Fridge’ (2)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #156

Cards: Upper Deck Legends 1997, Upper Deck College Legends 2011
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 6/8 Received: 7/1 (31 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

I had been circling the wagons since I got The Fridge back in 2012 at the beginning of that year. I ran into these two immediate set needs that his gracefully signed. Thankfully this time he didn’t use a fading sharpie on these two gems.

Upper Deck College Legends 2011, #69

White, Charles

Card: Upper Deck College Legends 2011
Acquired: 2020, EBay

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Charles White played for runningback USC from 1976 to 1979.

  • He dominated the college charts rushing for personal highs in yardage each year.

  • His efforts culminated in winning the Heisman trophy in 1979 when White rushed for 2050 yards and 19 TDs on 332 carries.

  • White’s was selected late in the first round of the 1980 draft by the Cleveland Browns.

  • His first 5 years in Cleveland were middling, as he rushed for 942 yards on 276 carries, losing his entire 1983 campaign to an injured ankle.

  • Charles battled drug abuse (specifically cocaine) throughout his college and pro career.

  • In 1985 he joined the LA Rams and was reunited with his college head coach John Robinson.

  • After getting clean, 1987 would be a bellwether year for White as he rushed for a career high 1374 yards and 11 TDs on 324 carries as the immediate beneficiary of the Eric Dickerson trade.

  • Retired in 1989, but returned to USC to coach RBs from 1993-1997.

ACCOLADES:

  • 1979 Heisman Trophy

  • 1987 NFL Rushing Leader

  • 1987 NFL Rushing TD Leader

  • 1987 Comeback Player of the Year

  • 1987 Pro Bowl

  • 1987 First Team All-Pro

  • College Football Hall of Fame

  • USC Jersey Retired (12) 
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NOTES:

Over his career, Charles White’s 3075 yards seems a bit more impressive considering a season completely sidelined by injury, was riddled by drug abuse, and the fact he only started just 40 games.