TTM Success Jim Jensen

Jim “Crash” Jensen was a running back, receiver, and special teams player for the Miami Dolphins. Jensen wore number 11 because he was originally drafted as a quarterback. The emergence of Dan Marino meant that Jensen would have to be utilized in other positions in order to see playing time. Jensen received his nickname “Crash” from Howard Cosell who was describing the way Jensen played while covering kickoffs.

After his NFL career ended, Jensen went on to coach the Orlando Predators of the Arena League. Jensen now works as a Director of Wellness Programs where he assists developmentally disabled children lead active lives.

Mr. Jensen was gracious enough to sign my 1990 Pro Set Card with inscribed with his nickname.

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TTM Success Carl Zander

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Great addition today from retired LB Carl Zander. Zander played 7 years in the NFL and started for the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII Interestingly, Mr. Zander is now the Senior Vice President for Forever Living Products.

TTM Success Bill Proctor

 

Bill Proctor was kind enough to write me a personal note and sign my card. Proctor is someone I truly admire for the life he has lived. Proctor played offensive and defensive tackle as well as kicker for Florida State. Proctor also served in the US Army Reserves, was a member of the Florida House of Representatives, interim athletic director for Florida State University and currently serves as Chancellor of Flagler College.

TTM Success Bruce Coslet

Today brought me a signed ProSet card from Bruce Coslet. 1991 Pro Set is my favorite football set of all time. Maybe it’s the nostalgia, maybe its the fact that they are non-glossy and easy to autograph. Mostly though, I think its because the set was so huge that they were able to include coaches and lineman cards.

Bruce Coslet played in the NFL as a Tight End for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1969-1976. Coslet made his mark on the NFL as an offensive coordinator and head coach. Coslet coached in the NFL for 16 years for the Bengals, Jets, and Cowboys.

TTM Success Bill Curry

Bill Curry was kind enough to send back 2 cards signed today. Curry played alongside Johnny Unitas on the iconic Baltimore Colts teams of the late 1960s. In 1972 Curry learned he was being traded to the Houston Oilers via a collect phone call from new GM  Joe Thomas.

After retirement Curry became a football coach and was the first coach for the newly formed Georgia State Panthers from 2010-2012. Curry was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Looking Back – Tommy Nobis

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One of my favorite players on my favorite team. Tommy Nobis played his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons and was the very first draft pick for the newly created Atlanta Falcons ins 1966.

Several years ago Mr. Nobis took some time to answer a few questions for me:

You played for the Falcons under head coach Van Brocklin. Was “The Dutchman” as strict and hard to play for as his reputation was?

“The Dutchman was a super NFL player and coach. Hall of Famer. Yes, he was strict and hard to play for but he was fair!”

You were drafted by both the Oilers (AFL) and the Falcons. Astronaut Frank Borman even called earth from space to tell you to sign with Houston. Being a former Longhorn, what made you sign with Atlanta?

“The Falcons were a brand new NFL team. I wanted to play for an NFL team. The Oilers were in the old AFL.”

What is one thing you would like to impart on young football fans?

“Listen to and learn from the advice given to you by your parents and your teachers/coaches!”

-Hook’em Horns
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Thank you for being a class act Mr. Nobis

 

TTM Success Don Mosebar

Today’s mailday was capped off by a return from Don Mosebar. Mosebar was an offensive lineman for the Raiders from 1983-1995. Mosebar was a 3x Pro Bowler whose career was cut short by an accidental eye poke during training camp. The injury was so severe that Mosebar had to have his left eye removed. Thank you Mr. Mosebar for the great addition to my collection.

Mr. Mosebar inscribed Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.