I was a HUGE fan of the XFL back in its heyday, so I recently purchased a few packs to open. This was the first one I opened, and I think it was a pretty good mix of players so I thought I'd share it here.
As always, first I have to show the packs. Here's a front:
I actually LOVE the way these packs are laid out - tell you exactly what could be in there, how many cards in the pack written nice and big, and they have that neat "Inaugural Series" wording which at the time looked cool and now just is kind of sad since there never was a year two. Well done fronts XFL.
And here's the back:
So let's rip. Card #1 is Todd Floyd of the Las Vegas Outlaws:
this back of the endzone touchdown grab.
Card #2 is Rickey Brady, also of the Outlaws:
The XFL was Brady's final stop, and he did pretty darn well there. He was a 5th round pick (overall pick #37) and finished fourth on the Outlaws in receptions with 15 for 158 yards and a team leading 5 touchdowns (good for 4th in the league).
Card #3 belongs to the XFL League MVP, Tommy Maddox:
Card #4 is Zola Davis...nice name there:
Card #5 is Vaughn Dunbar, who had some NFL experience with the Saints (picked 21st overall in the 1st round out of IU) and Jaguars:
The San Francisco Demons must've looked at some of the Saints' 1992 scouting tapes on Dunbar, because they liked him enough to select him with their first pick of the draft, 6th overall. Predictably, things did not go as planned, and Dunbar ended up 4th on the team in carries, with 25 for 29 yards (1.2 YPC) and a long run of 8 yards. He did add a reception touchdown and some kickoff returns though. But I doubt Dunbar (or San Francisco) expected Juan Johnson and Kelvin Anderson to lead the team in rushing. That was one of the kind of cool things about the XFL - you got to see some ex-NFLers who didn't make it for one reason or another, and the XFL gave them a chance to try to make it. For a Tommy Maddox, the XFL meant cash money. For Dunbar, it just meant another unsuccessful flirtation with professional football.
Card #6, Shannon Culver of the Orlando Rage:
Card # 7 is Larry Ryans of the Xtreme:
And last but not least, card #8 is Number One Pick Scott Milanovich:
On a random note, I wonder if he and Larry Ryans ever chatted since they both played for the 1996 Buccaneers?