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Stafford, Bret

Cards: UT Upper Deck 2011, UT Upper Deck 2011 All Time Alumni
Acquired: TTM 2018, C/o Home
Sent: 9/17   Received: 9/27    (10 days)

Bret Stafford was a prototypical drop back passer and one of the first modern era quarterbacks to stand tall in the pocket for the University of Texas, from 1984-1987. He set the school record for most passing yards in a season (2223, 1986), and also career passing yards (4731)- both since surpassed.

Frequently engaged in a quarterback competition or sharing a two-headed quarterback rotation with Todd Dodge for the majority of his time at Texas, Stafford’s numbers were largely skewed by his lack of playing time and having a different offensive coordinator every year. He also transitioned through the Fred Akers era into the David McWilliams epoch.

Although largely forgotten in the pantheon of Longhorn greats, Stafford was a winner with the Longhorns posting 19 victories as the starting quarterback including a 32-27 win over Pitt in the final Bluebonnet Bowl in 1987, when he threw for over 360 yards and 3 TDs.  

Stafford was probably the first quarterback I watched play for UT. I had a middling interest in the sport at the time, and I remember reading about the highlights of the Bluebonnet Bowl and being very proud of him going out like that in his final game.

I liked both his Upper Deck entries, but I wasn’t really a fan of the sepia toned All-Time Alumni card- considering how much color photography was used by then in sports.

As I have continued to mature in the hobby, I’ve become stale. I take less and less risks when I send out to addresses. I just haven’t been sending out to unproven addresses. Stafford had no successes on any of the autograph boards I frequent, but he had no attempts, little less an address to send of to, so I figured I’d give it a shot.  It didn’t take Bret long to respond to me- and I was pretty excited about receiving these two back.

Cotten, Mike

Card: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011
Acquired: TTM 2018, C/o Home
Sent:  9/19   Received: 9/24    (5 days)
Failure: 2018, C/o Work

Mike Cotten played quarterback for the Texas Longhorns from 1959 to 1961. He and I shared a lot of commonalities in our lives which is really cool so I thought I should go and reach out. A large player for that era (6’10”, 190), Mike was not only hard to take down in the backfield, but also a calculated and patient thrower. In 1961 he threw for 500 yards (44/77) with 7 TDs to only 2 interceptions. Mike also rushed 64 times for 150 yards and 3 TDs. A perpetual thorn in the side of rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma- Cotten never lost a game to either school during his 3 years as QB for the Longhorns. He set numerous records for the school and pioneered a few modern offensive formations under the tutelage of Darrell Royal.

Mike was not selected in the 1962 NFL Draft.  After serving a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Austin and became a lawyer. As of 2019 Mike lives in the Central Texas Area.

Jones, Brian (LB)

Card: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011
Acquired: TTM 2018, C/o Home
Sent: 4/13   Received: 5/7    (24 days)
Failure: 2015, C/o Home


Originally a UCLA commitment, Brian Jones was a rare transfer victory during the days of Coach David McWilliams. He played for UT from 1988 to 1990. In both 1989 and 1990 he garnered All-SWC Honors and posted 117 tackles in his Senior season.

He was selected by the then Los Angeles Raiders in the 6th round of the 1991 draft, however the Colts traded for Brian before the season even began. The next few years found Jones bouncing on and off the rosters of the Dolphins (1992) and Raiders (1994). He then joined the Scottish Claymores of the newly reconstituted WLAF or NFLE- where he found success and was spotted by the New Orleans Saints. He spent 4 seasons with the franchise before ultimately retiring in 1998.

Brian finished his communications degree in 2000, and went into radio. Later he moved to TV and has been in College Football and lifestyle programming ever since. I got lucky on this one after failing on another address last year.  Brian was one of my favorite linebackers growing up. I was really surprised that he was taken so late in the 1991 draft. Still he managed to carve out quite a career for himself and parlay it to the next level.

NFL 44/9       TAC 53       SAC  1.0       FUM 1
INT 0       YDS  0        AVG -.-       TD 0

NFLE          TAC N/a       SAC N/a        FUM N/a
INT N/a      YDS  N/a      AVG N/a       TD N/a