A tight end in high school and college, Eric Snelson was moved to defense after being signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988. In preseason that year, he started at linebacker in place of Pro Bowl holdout Matt Millen before being injured. Snelson was cut the following year in training camp. In 1991, Snelson would take part in the World League of American Football’s “Team Dallas”, a taxi-squad of players who practiced in Dallas hoping to get a shot at a roster spot with a WLAF team. Snelson got that opportunity with the San Antonio Riders where he was active for 3 contests and was credited with a quarterback takedown. He was the Ohio Glory’s 48th selection in the 1992 WLAF player draft but was released by the club in March 1992.
Snelson wore this Wilson size 46 micromesh jersey for home games at the Alamodome in 1991. The Riders would add their logo to their sleeves in their second season in 1992. All identifiers are screened on. The jersey has spandex side panels to provide a tighter fit. The jersey shows some definite game wear with several hit marks on the shoulders and there are two unrepaired tears, one on the right shoulder and another on the left sleeve. It is possible that this jersey was recycled for Snelson but there is no evidence of a removed nameplate or any record that I could find of another player wearing #51 for the Riders in 1991. The reverse of this jersey is a bit unique in that the back numbers were screened on a bit too far to the left while the nameplate was sewn on a tad to the right side.