Thursday, January 17, 2008

1991 Wild Card Draft #134 Chuck Weatherspoon

SPOON!!!! Chuck Weatherspoon is definitely a UH fan favorite. I have plenty of memories of watching Spoon play, but my favorite was watching him run over UT in 1988.

That was my first UH game in Austin and the Coogs destroyed the Horns 66-15. With a score like that, plenty of players had gaudy numbers. For example, current Cougar coach Jason Phillips had 11 catches for 171 yards and 4 TDs. But I remember every time Spoon touched the ball, it seemed like he was breaking a long run. He only had 11 carries, but he managed to gain 218 yards and had 1 TD. That's 19.8 yards a carry.

Today's collectible is the 1991 Wild Card Draft card #134. For those not familiar with Wild Card, the brand had a trade in element. There was a base card as well as 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1000 stripe cards. A collector could mail in 5 of the same card, for example, and get a 5 card stripe card in return. Or he could mail in a 50 stripe card and get 50 base cards in return. Interesting concept and an early variation card set, but I don't know how successful it was.


Anonymous said...

I grew up with Chucky and also played football with him at LHHS. Also, followed his career at UH. Till this day, I don't know of any player that could run over defensive players better than he - I wish him the Best!! - Manuel Vibanco

NTXCoog said...

Thanks for the comment. He's a personal favorite of mine too. We were at UH at the same time. I didn't know him personally, but knew several people who knew him and they said he was a great guy on top of a great football player.

Anonymous said...

Chuck was actually my Idol when I was in Highschool. He gave the meaning to superback. I remember taking a picture with him at a club in Houston called High Rollers. Really humble guy with alot of good words. Thanks Chuck W.
Mike Moe of Beltway 8 Records

Anonymous said...

I played against Chuck in HS my sophomore yr his sr year. He ran for 300 against us. He was a human highlight film. I played 12 years of football through college and in all those games and practices he was the only football player i was afraid to go one on one against, not because of pain (he delivered lots of it) but because of the MANY, MANY ways he might make you look like a clown in front of everyone you know- drop a crushing shoulder or leg into you, Juke you out of your socks, outrun you and back then he would jump over you in open field too!

He even played some cornerback too. I caught a curl in front of him and turned upfield (he guessed the wrong direction and he flew right by me but caught a hold of my jersey with one hand and literally tore my jersey in half as he power threw me on my back.
then he was 5'6" 230lbs and FAST. Great guy too.