Friday, November 8, 2019

Football Card Friday... Tyrone Wheatley

My Michigan Wolverines are off on a bye this weekend, but that doesn't mean that we stop thinking about our famed Maize and Blue!

When I began to watch Michigan play football in 1976, running the ball was always the #1 priority for the Wolverines.

Starting w/ Bo Schembechler in the 1970s, then onto Gary Moeller, and Lloyd Carr, running backs, great ones, took turns in the backfield, smashing their way through Big Ten defensive squads, and none was better than the great Tyrone Wheatley. 

                   1996 Upper Deck SPx
                   #30 Tyrone Wheatley 

(Special thanks go out to Michigan Card Blogger EXPERT Dennis of TOO MANY VERLANDERS for helping identify the card!)


👉 These Upper Deck SPx Football Cards  were all the rage in the mid 1990s, and this card of the 1993 Rose Bowl ⚘ MVP is probably my favorite card that I have of the former NY Giants running back.

〽️ The technology of the SPx cards were so cool, moving the card back and forth...WOW!  that image of Wheatley winking at you! 

Amazing, how cool is that! 

Wheatley is, in my opinion, the most powerful Michigan back in my lifetime as a fan, and that means something when your talking about guys like Rob Lytle, Butch Woolfolk, Jarrod Bunch, Anthony Thomas, and Chrois Perry.

Wheatley could run, and once he broke loose, he probably wasn't going to be caught.

📣 The 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year, Tyrone is now the Head Football Coach at Morgan State University, where he has teamed up w/ fellow Michigan Men, Derek Alexander and Will Carr, to restore the program at the Historical Black University. 

Check out this awesome article on Wheatley and his Wolverine family by Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my posts, it's greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the football this weekend!

Play Ball! 🏈 


  1. Tyrone and SPx make for a killer combination. GO BLUE!

  2. Love me some mid 90's Spx! I remember when these hit the market and people were buying up boxes. I could only afford one pack at a time... and it was truly a gamble with one card per pack.