Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Dallas Cowboys were Super Bowl champions, and the likes of Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks dotted the top half of the Billboard album chart. For better or worse, that’s the pop-culture capsule that has come to define 1993.
In the NFL that year, top rookies such as Drew Bledsoe, Jerome Bettis and Willie Roaf drove Rookie Card sales in hobby shops and at shows across America. All three of those players have long since retired — Bledsoe with more than 44,000 yards passing, Bettis with more than 13,000 yards rushing and Roaf with a trip to the Hall of Fame. But one rookie standout from 1993 is still going strong almost two decades later: Contenders Football.
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