A Florida man used a doctored photo of linebacker Bill Romanowski to try and fool fans into thinking he was a former Oakland Raider. He even signed a few. Now Romo is offering free autographs for those who got snookered.
Ed McCabe was Ed McCabe. He wasn’t lying about that.
But his tale about playing linebacker for the Oakland Raiders during their 1980 championship season was a fabrication according to a story in the Palm Beach Post.
The Florida mortgage broker organized fund-raising golf tournaments for Palm Beach County’s NFL Alumni chapter while passing out autographed photos of a player wearing No. 29. He signed them "Ed McCabe, 29, ’80 AFC champs". He fooled plenty of people
Come to find out the photo is actually a doctored image of #53–Bill Romanowski taken years later–and McCabe never played the game.
In a follow-up story, the paper talked with Romanowski about the Photoshop work done to his old photo–and the controversial linebacker offered a swap to those stuck with an autograph of a guy who never played football.