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Johnson, Norm ‘Mr. Automatic’

Fleer 1990, #268

CARD: Fleer 1990
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2023


  • 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.


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


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.


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)


  • 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.


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


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


Leslie, Jordan

Topps AAF 2019 Certified, #AU-JL

Card: Topps AAF 2019
Acquired: 2019, EBay


  • 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.


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.