Peters, Garry

Card: Sage Hit 2015
Acquired: 2015, Box Breaker

Garry Peters went unselected in the 2015 draft, and you have to wonder- why? Peters was considered one of the nation’s elite cornerbacks after a solid 2014 campaign. Over a two year period he only allowed 233 receiving yards and didn’t allow a single TD pass thrown his direction in 58 targets. Pretty impressive numbers for the Clemson alum. Well apparently the knock on Peters was his physical style at the line of scrimmage wasn’t going to fly at the NFL level. His 40 time at the combine was considered pedestrian at 4.61, but he also stood out by going up daily against the likes of first round talent Sammy Watkins and D’Andre Hopkins in practice at Clemson.

The Panthers love big bodied corners and signed Peters to a free agent contract. He turned heads in minicamp but was cut on the eve of the first day of practice due to a hamstring injury. Peters agent kept him very busy making a tour of the AFC East. He received tryouts with the Bills, Patriots, and Dolphins but didn’t get a bite.
He gave the CFL a shot in 2016 and landed on the roster of the Edmonton Eskimos.  Garry had 24 tackles and 5 special teams stops in 11 games in his rookie campaign.  As of 2017 he continues to play for the Eskimos.

Smith, Rod (WR-DEN)


Cards: Playoff Prestige 2004 Xtra Points, Leaf Rookies & Stars 2004 (072/250), Playoff 2005
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Home
Sent: 1/20   Received: 3/10    (48 days)

Rod Smith is considered one of the greatest undrafted wide receiver free agent acquisitions in NFL history. After going unselected out of tiny Missouri Southern State in 1994, Rod signed with the Denver Broncos.  Rod spent the entirety of the 1994 season on the practice squad, while the Broncos were going through a slow overhaul at WR.

A gifted receiver who displayed eagerness and unyielding work ethic, Rod felt he had to work twice as hard as other players, because not only did he come from a Division II school, he had to work his way off the practice squad.  In 1995 he was promoted to the active roster, contributing primarily on special teams. In week 3, Rod posted his first reception- a 43 yard touchdown bomb from John Elway over the top of Darrell Green to win the game against the Redskins. The catch signaled the beginning of Rod’s arrival at the NFL stage. Throughout the 1995 season and the following year, Rod saw increased play time alongside Ed McCaffrey, as Anthony Miller was winding down.

Rod played his first full season in 1997. His ascension is critical in Broncos lore as he was able to help Denver win the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998. Over the next 6 consecutive seasons he’d post over 1,000 yards receiving, including a career high 1,602 receiving yards in 2000, and 113 receptions in 2001. He’d also earn All Pro/Pro Bowl nods in both seasons. Rod made one more Pro Bowl appearance in 2005 after recording 85 receptions for 1105 yards and 6 TDs.

Rod was on pace for another banner season in 2006 but suffered a hip injury. In the end, Rod had to have his entire hip replaced in 2007, which ended the promising wide receiver’s career too soon, as he owned nearly the entire Broncos receiving record books. As fans sit there and debate, there is no question to me that if Smith’s career continued, he’d be a shoo in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His numbers and wins for a receiver are on par with that of Jerry Rice. Unfortunately there is a logger jam of players at receiver going back years that may curtail his induction.

In 2008, Rod was inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame. Soon thereafter, he also received honors from the College Football Hall of Fame (2009) and the Denver Broncos Ring of Honor (2012).
I was surprised to get Rod’s autograph on these cards. He also included a business card of his new self-help book, ‘The Rod Effect’ , which charts his life from rags to success outside of football.

G/Gs 183/125    REC  849    YDS 11389    AVG  13.4     TD 68    LG 85T

Wegher, Brandon

sage15_bwegherCard: SAGE 2015
Acquired: 2015, Box Breaker

Brandon Wegher went undrafted out of tiny Morningside College, located in Sioux City, Iowa, where he rushed for 2610 yards on 327 carries and 39 TDs, –in one season. Wegher averaged an incredible 200.5 yards a game, en route to setting an NAIA single season rushing record.

Wegher signed with the Carolina Panthers after the 2015 NFL Draft and then battled Cameron Artis-Payne and Jordan Todman for the 3rd string running back spot behind Johnathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker. During the preseason Wegher demonstrated many of the capabilities that the team looked for in an every down back, scoring 3 TDs during the preseason, and he became an endearing underdog favorite to Panthers fans.  In the end Carolina kept Wegher over Todman, and were so afraid of losing him to another team, they signed him to the active roster. He dressed for one game in 2015, but did not see any action.

In 2016, Brandon was among the final cuts coming out of training camp. Late in the year, he signed a futures contract with the Los Angeles Rams but in May of 2017 was cut. He currently is a free agent.

I love this card. It has the right balance of just about everything you want from a portrait card.  The photo is outstanding and that clump of grass in his helmet just says that Wegher isn’t afraid of getting down and dirty to get the extra yards.

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