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Rashad, Ahmad

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AL-158

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2021


  • Formerly known as Robert Earl Moore.
  • Ahmad Rashad played college ball with QB Dan Fouts at Oregon from 1968-1971.
  • Played HB setting multiple records at the school (rushing yards, receptions, and points) -which were all school records.
  • First round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 and transitioned to receiver.
  • Played in 13 games catching 29 passes for 500 yards.
  • Led the NFL with a 98 yard TD pass- probably the longest catch any rookie has had.
  • Traded to the Buffalo Bills after the 1973 season, but only played one year there, as he was sidelined with injuries for the entire 1975 campaign.
  • Traded to the Vikings shortly before the regular season by the Seahawks in 1976, and set new career marks across the board with 53 catches for 671 yards.
  • Caught 66 passes for 768 yards and 8 TDs in 1978.
  • Had career high 80 catches for 1156 yards and 9 TDs in 1979.
  • Continued unlikely run with another 1000 yard campaign in 1980, catching 69 passes for 1095 yards and 5 TDs.
  • In 1981, put up 58 catches for 884 yards and 7 TD.s
  • Retired after the 1982 campaign.


  • Pro Bowl 1978-81
  • Second Team AP 1979
  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor
  • Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
  • 50 Greatest Vikings
  • Minnesota Vikings 25th Anniversary Team
  • Minnesota Vikings 50th Anniversary Team
  • College Football Hall of Fame 2007


When I first started watching NBC football during golden era the 80s, Ahmad Rashad had the smoothest delivery behind the desk back at the studio. Initially, I didn’t even know he played football! I felt like he and Bob Costas had extremely similar styles of commentary and announcing that I was very comfortable with. For a while there Rashad was married to Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Rashad)- who is an actress most notably known for being the mom on the Cosby Show.

Rashad is also a huge basketball fan, announcer, desk host, and player. He even got into a preseason game at the age of 40 playing for the Philadelphia 76ers scoring 2 points!

He remains a Vikings and Minnesota legend to this day.


Atessis, Bill

CARD: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011
ACQUIRED: 2020, EBay
FAILURE: TTM 2019, C/o Home


  • Bill played defensive end from 1968-70 and was considered one of the most dominant DL of the SWC during that era.
  • Selected by the Baltimore Colts in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft.
  • Injured and later cut by the Colts, joining the Patriots later that season.
  • Converted to LB, seeing action in 5 contests.
  • Traded to Cardinals in 1972, and moved to the OL.
  • Converted back to DL by the Jets in ’73 but was cut before the season began.


  • UT Ring of Honor
  • All-time UT team


After failing on Bill back in 2019, I just figured I’d grab him on his certified card instead.

Young, Lonnie

Gameday 1992, #318

CARDS: Gameday 1992, Action Packed 1991, Pro Set 1991
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 1/3 RECEIVED: 1/27 (24 days)


  • Lonnie Young played DB for Michigan State from 1982-84.
  • Recorded 6 interceptions for 10 yards over college career.
  • 12th round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
  • A savvy selection by a much beleaguered franchise, Young stepped into the starting lineup at FS and had 3 interceptions, 80 total tackles, 6 pass deflections, and a fumble recovery.
  • Had a solid ’90 campaign recording 111 total tackles.
  • Traded to the New York Jets in 1991.
  • Started 26 games over 3 seasons, recording 3 interceptions for 21 yards and 236 tackles.
  • Played the 1994 season with the San Diego Chargers, appearing in their lone Super Bowl appearance.
  • Returned to the Jets in 1995, retiring after the ’96 season.


Lonnie appears in Tecmo Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals, however oddly he has outlandish stats and abilities, making him one of the most complete defensive backs in the game.

I’ve never had a player sign an autograph with a smiley face- but there’s always a first!