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Francis, James

Gameday 1992, #21

CARDS: Action Packed Rookies 1990, Action Packed 1991, Action Packed 1992, Gameday 1992, Score Supplemental 1990, Pro Set 1990
ACQUIRED: Paid Signing, 2023

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • James played LB at Baylor (1986-’89) where over his career he posted 434 total career tackles.
  • In 1989, he set an NCAA single-season record with eight blocked kicks.
  • Earned SWC Player of the Year honors in 1989, when he totaled 129 total tackles, 4 interceptions for 99 yards, 8 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries.
  • He also moonlighted on the Baylor basketball team as well in the off season.
  • A first round pick of the Cincinnatti Bengals in 1990, he had 78 combined tackles, 8 sacks, and an interception that he returned 17 yards for a TD at ROLB.
  • He’d convert to LOLB in 1992, and add 6 more sacks to his resume and another 3 picks for 108 yards including a 66 yard TD.
  • In 1994, Francis had a career high 101 total tackles when he moved to LLB.
  • Added another 3 pick season in 1996, returning another one 42 yards for a TD.
  • Joined the Redskins in 1999, playing there for one season.
  • Retired before he turned 32, citing that it wasn’t fun anymore and that losing just drags on you after a while.
  • Lives in Central Texas, and has kicked the tires on going into coaching.
Action Packed 1992, #33

ACCOLADES:

  • All Rookie Team 1990
  • Baylor Hall of Fame 2001

NOTES:

James doesn’t sign TTM so I had to get as many of his cards signed as I could through a very affordable paid signing.

It’s said that Jimmy Johnson of the Cowboys during the 1990 draft really wanted to draft James Francis in the first round to man his defense over eventual Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. He didn’t get the chance to debate it as Francis went off the board at #12 overall and Smith went off at #17. One has to wonder how the trajectory of the Cowboys might have been altered if Francis was still sitting on the board at #17.

Francis makes an appearance in Tecmo Superbowl where he’s a pretty solid option to play at LB.

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Gash, Thane

Gameday 1992, #212

CARDS: Pacific 1991, Action Packed 1990, Score Supplemental 1990, Gameday 1992, Fleer 1990
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 4/27 RECEIVED: 5/8 (11 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • A deep cut find out of East Tennessee State, DB Thane Gash was selected in the 7th round of the ’88 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
  • After not really seeing the field in his rookie year, Thane slotted in at FS where he quickly developed a reputation as a headhunter with a nose for the endzone.
  • In 1989, he picked up 3 interceptions (returning 2 for TDs) and led the team in tackles with 134.
  • Only had 1 pick in 1990, but duplicated his tackle feat, leading the team with another 134 tackles.
  • During the offseason in 1991, Gash herniated a disc in his neck, and was placed on IR for the entire season.
  • In 1992, joined the 49ers to replace Ronnie Lott at FS -who had left the previous season for the Raiders.
  • Gash started 3 games that year, and then retired after the 1993 season

NOTES:

I had been sitting on Thane’s cards for a while. He has a stack of really good cards combined with set needs that I had wanted. Thankfully he’s a voracious signer (when he does) and he signed all 5 cards I sent to him.

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