Crandell, Marcus

Topps XFL 2001, #77

CARDS: Bowman 2000, Topps 2000, Leaf Rookies & Stars 2000, Topps XFL 2001, Playoff Contenders European Ticket Certified 2000
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home. Future Considerations, 2021
SENT: 10/20 RECEIVED: 11/8 (19 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Marcus Crandall played quarterback for East Carolina University and finished as the school’s all-time leading passer, setting over 30 records for the Pirates.
  • In 1997, he joined the CFL playing for the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • He’d see extensive playing time in 1999, completing 59 of 112 passes for 767 yards and 5 TDs.
  • Later in 2000, Crandall played a year with the Scottish Claymores throwing for 754 yards and 4 TDs.
  • A member of XFL 2001, he’d play for the Memphis Maniax.
  • It’d be in 2002, Marcus returned to the CFL, signing with the Calgary Stampeders.
  • He’d have his best season as a pro, throwing for 4072 yards, and 26 TDs that year.
  • Crandell also ground up yardage rushing for 503 yards and 2 TDs on 80 carries.
  • Marcus played with the franchise through 2004, before heading out to Saskatchewan.
  • After seeing extensive playing time in 2005, he’d serve as a backup through 2008, retiring after the season.
  • He went into coaching working with the CFL for Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and Ottawa.
  • Then later he worked in the college football ranks, most recently at Livingstone College.

ACCOLADES:

  • ECU HoF 2022

NOTES:

Alright, He signed it all in red, but that’s okay- I’ll take it! I was pretty pumped to get Marcus all in one shot on his four cards. Marcus is currently working in healthcare and specializes in helping people get low cost insurance.

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Davidson, Ben (1940-2012) ‘The Mad Stork’

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: Ebay, 2023

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Ben Davidson stood out from the crowd (6’8″, 270) and was scouted in JC to come play football at Washington in 1959.
  • Amazingly, Ben didn’t really display an appetite before then for the sport, mainly enjoying basketball and track.
  • He played DT and TE for the Huskies in 59 and 60.
  • Was a 4th round pick of the New York Giants in 61, but was traded to the Packers before the season began.
  • In 1962, Davidson was traded again- this time to the Washington Redskins for a 5th rounder.
  • After a two year stint there, he’d be cut and joined the Oakland Raiders.
  • The rest would become history as Davidson etched himself in the annuls of NFL history as one of the league’s most feared and dominant defensive players at right defensive end.
  • 1970 was arguably his best year, when he posted 11.5 sacks.
  • After the 1972 season, Ben briefly retired and began to dabble in acting.
  • Returned to football in 1974 for a final season with the Portland Storm of the WFL.

ACCOLADES:

  • Pro Bowl 1966-’68
  • All-Pro 1967

NOTES:

You…

– Ben Davidson (as Rexar)
Conan the Barbarian

Ben Davidson didn’t have very many impactful or quotable lines in movies, but this by far, was one of the best of the entire film, Conan the Barbarian. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the titular Conan- a barbarian bent on learning the Riddle of Steel, while consumed by lifelong revenge for the murder of his people.

During this scene Conan wrecks havoc on an orgy of evil people and just as he reaches the top of the amphitheater and begins his assault Rexar, played by Ben comes in and sees Conan. Instead of screaming, “YOU!”, He softly states…, “You..” Which just had so much impact when combined with Arnold’s powerful flex with the sword right afterwards. It’s an extremely effective scene.

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EPITAPH: Ben passed away of prostate cancer in 2012 at the age of 72.

Spann, Gregory

CARD: Frankfurt Galaxy 2000 Team Issue
ACQUIRED: 2021, Private Acquisition

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Gregory Spann played WR for Jackson State from 1991-95.
  • Was a 7th round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996.
  • Signed by the Minnesota Vikings and allocated to NFL Europe.
  • Joined the NFLE in 2000 catching 3 passes for 36 yards with the Galaxy.
  • After playing for the Orlando Rage of the XFL that next season, he’d quickly join the Arena Football League.
  • Played in 2001 and ’02 with the Tampa Bay Storm.
  • Back then players went both ways in Arena football, and Spann saw time playing DB as well seeing action in 8 contests.
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