I received two more returns today. One of them was from Tom Rathman on a SF 49ers pocket pro helmet. It came out very nicely in black thin sharpie. He has a very nice signature. I loved watching him as a 49er. I believe that Tom Rathman and Daryl Johnston were the best fullbacks of their time period. Rathman looked mean especially when he was wearing the big shoulder pads. I liked watching the Nebraska backfield of him and Roger Craig. It is nice to see him back with the 49ers as a coach. Hopefully he will help them regain their glory.
The other signature was from a member of the team across the bay-the Oakland Raiders. It was from Mark van Eeghen. I grew up watching him play for the Raiders and really liked him. He was on two Super Bowl winning teams. I had him sign a 8 x 10 of the Lombardi Trophy that was already signed by Phil Villapiano and John Vella. It looks really nice. He answered my questions: favorite memory-other than the Super Bowls-playing on Lambeau Field vs. the Packers. They were my team growing up; biggest influence in his career-my high school coach; do you still talk to your old teammates-From time to time but not as much as I want to or should.
He also answered my character question and he said that the most important traits were honesty, loyalty, and perseverance.