In an era where Football has evolved past the idea of “three yards and a cloud of dust” and gone into “spread ’em and shred ’em, many current wide receivers are seeing themselves catch a lot of passes from well schooled quarterbacks and getting a lot of recorded yards and touchdowns. Before all of that, a reciever that could put up big numbers was not just your typical spread offense wideout, but a true gamer in every sense of the word. For former ET WR Gary Compton, his 4 year career has out lasted every receiver that has come after him, and has outperformed every ET pass catcher before him. He has been voted by fans and former teammates as the greatest Lion WR of all time, and it is indeed well deserved.
The Compton File-
Name: Gary Compton
Hometown: Irving, Texas
High School: Irving High School
Favorite Lions Team: 1990 ET Lions
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
What I am Doing Now: Operations Manager for C. Coakley Relocation Systems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Favorite ET Football Memory-“Beating Cameron in the last regular season game to clinch the 1990 Lone Star Conference Championship.”
Favorite School Memory: “Getting my degree that I had promised my family when I went off to college.”
Awards and Honors: 2 Time All-American, 1990 LSC Offensive Player of the Year, Holds school records for most receptions and yards in a career. 4 Time All LSC Conference Selection.
San Francisco 49ers-1991
Dallas Texans (AFL)-1992-1993
Fort Worth Cavalry-1994
Milwaukee Mustangs-1995-2001 (All Time frachise leader in receiving)
Tampa Bay Storm (AFL) 2003 World Champions
Philadelphia Soul (AFL) 2004
Top 25 players in AFL history and top 20 in AFL records in receptions and yards
3 time All Arena Selection 1992, 1999, 2001
2 Time All Ironman 1999-2001
Built Fordtough Player of the Year 2001
Played 13 years in the Arena Football League (AFL) retired in 2004.
Former Lion Head Coach Eddie Vowell once said about Compton: “He is the best ET receiver to have ever played. If he was playing now, his records would never be broken.”
Ill agree with that.