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Johnson, Norm ‘Mr. Automatic’

Fleer 1990, #268

CARD: Fleer 1990
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2023

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Norm Johnson was a placekicker for UCLA from 1980-’81.
  • Over those two years he locked in 64 of 65 extra points, and 24 of 33 field goals.
  • He was signed as an UDFA by the Seattle Seahawks in 1982.
  • Played the next 9 seasons for the team, and in 4 of those seasons accounted for 20 or more field goals.
  • Signed with Atlanta in 1991, played with the Falcons through 1994.
  • In 1993, he went 26 of 27 on fieldgoals, including a 54 yard long.
  • Joined the Steelers in 1995, and immediately paid dividends hitting 34 of 41 field goals that year at Three Rivers to lead the NFL in both those categories.
  • Played final season for the Eagles in 1999.
  • Finished career with a whopping 1,736 points in 273 games played.

ACCOLADES:

  • All Pro 1984
  • Second Team All Pro 1993
  • Pro Bowl 1984, ’93
  • Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team

NOTES:

Norm played for the ‘Seattle Knights’ on Tecmo Bowl- and he was absolutely terrible. The season that his player stats were based off of, 1985, was an outlier, and his worst season as a pro, when he hit 14 of 25 field goals. In general, Norm was a very reliable kicker throughout his playing career, but he could never shake that bad moniker for me.

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Stecker, Aaron

Playoff Contenders European Ticket 2000, #176

CARDS: Playoff Contenders European Ticket 2000, Leaf Rookies & Stars 2001, Bowman 2000, Topps Chrome 2000
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 7/23 RECEIVED: 8/5 (13 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • RB Aaron Stecker started his college career at Wisconsin in ’95.
  • After Ron Dayne sucked all the wind out of the RB room- Stecker transferred to Western Illinois in ’97.
  • Stecker ran wild at Western Illinois Stecker finishing as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,799 yards (since surpassed).
  • Going undrafted in ’99 he’d be cut in camp with the Bears.
  • Stecker was signed in 2000 by the Bucs and allocated to NFLE.
  • He’d go on to have over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 11 TDs playing for the Scottish Claymores.
  • The Bucs liked what they saw so much, Stecker made the team’s roster and contributed on special teams and as a 3rd down back.
  • In 2004, Stecker signed with New Orleans’ crowded backfield, playing 3 seasons and starting 7 contests.
  • After his stint concluded with the Saints, Aaron played for the Falcons in 2009.
  • Tried out for the Packers in 2010 but was not signed.

ACCOLADES:

  • NFLE Offensive MVP 2000
  • Western Illinois HOF 2010
  • Scottish Claymores Hall of Fame 2003

NOTES:

A home run NFLE success story, Aaron parlayed his time playing for the Claymores one season- into 10 seasons in the NFL.

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Leslie, Jordan

Topps AAF 2019 Certified, #AU-JL

Card: Topps AAF 2019
Acquired: 2019, EBay

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Jordan Leslie played college ball for 3 years at UTEP from 2011-2013.
  • He racked up 125 catches for 2015 yards and 15 TDs.
  • In 2014, he played his Senior season for BYU catching 55 passes for 779 yards and 6 TDs.
  • Undrafted, Leslie signed with the Vikings in 2015, but didn’t make the squad.
  • He’d then spend time on the off-season and practice squad rosters of the Jaguars, Falcons, and Titans, before finding a home on the Browns from 2016-17.
  • Leslie made his first NFL catch in 2017, and then was later placed on IR and subsequently released.
  • After some more practice squad and offseason action with the Broncos in late 2017 and through a good portion of 2018, Jordan decided to sign with the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF.
  • On the season he caught 10 passes for 79 yards and a TD.
  • When the AAF folded in 2019, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, but asked to be released soon thereafter.
  • His Instagram lists him as a ‘retired NFL receiver’ and owner of OYD Sports Academy in Chandler, AZ.

NOTES:

Pretty sure after the conclusion of the hard fought contest between the Stallions and the Commanders in SA, as I was leaving I was walking behind Leslie and his family. He was complaining about how the team wasn’t giving him or the WRs enough chances to make plays. Not sure why I didn’t ask him for his autograph but it may have been because he was so frustrated.