CARDS: Pro Set 1990, Score 1991, Action Packed 1990 ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home SENT: 10/11 RECEIVED: 10/30 (19 days)
Played college ball for the Fightin’ Illini at Free Safety.
Originally a 5th round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1988, but couldn’t crack roster.
Signed by Colts as free agent and developed into a full time starter in 3rd NFL season.
Had 22 tackles in 1989, but a monstrous 7 picks for 225 yards and a TD as the team’s nickleback.
At the time his 80 yard pick for a TD against Buffalo was a club record.
In his first full season as starter in 1990, had 104 tackles and 3 more picks.
Rejoined Saints in 1992, playing the next season there, recording another 4 interceptions.
Then joined Redskins in 1994 playing for Washington through 1996.
Keith sneakily got into some fine sets for his 1989 contributions. He was kind enough to personalize three for me. I especially like the Action Packed and the Pro Set cards. -Great profile cards. Keith is the brother of 49ers WR John Taylor.
Finished college career in 1989 as the USC Trojans all-time leading passer completing 630/1081 passes for 8225 yards and 54 TDs.
Selected in the 6th round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.
Won the starter job outright in camp, but was injured before the first game.
Nevertheless started 8 games that season, winning 3 games, while throwing for 1479 yards and 5 TDs.
Early in career, added an extra wrinkle to the Silver Stretch Offense keeping drives alive rushing for 4 TDs in 89, and 6 TDs (363 yards) in 1990.
Injuries and constant QB battles punctuated career with the Lions.
In 1991, posted career best 6-2 starting record.
Played with Lions through 1993, winning only start for Cowboys in 1994.
Signed with Philadelphia Eagles in 1995.
Thrust into starting lineup for Randall Cunningham, and led team to 9 wins and a playoff berth.
Journeyman phase of career arguably began in 1999 after signing for the Washington Redskins for one season.
Saw action sparingly, and then joined the Raiders in 2000, also seeing little playing time over two seasons.
Signed with Panthers in 2002, experiencing the best season of career, throwing for career highs in attempts (381), completions (223), yards (2630), and TDs (15).
Retired after the 2004 season and has done a lot of TV and sports commentary work.
Rodney is not a TTM signer, so when my friend offered to trade me Rodney and Mel Gray for a Jamaal Charles autograph consignment, I jumped at the chance. Hopefully I’ll get another shot at him on a few more set needs in the future.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.