Redfield, Max

Card: Topps AAF 2019
Acquired: 2019, EBay

Max Redfield played safety for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2013-2015. Over his 3 years he totaled 143 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions and 3 pass deflections.

He’d be dismissed from the team in 2016 for violating team rules a second time- specifically possession of an unlicensed handgun and marijuana possession. Redfield enrolled Indiana University -of Pennsylvania. He had a solid season in 2017 for the Crimson Hawks with 78 total tackles, 4 interceptions, 9 pass deflections, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. A traditional ‘in the box’ safety- Redfield is a sure tackler and solid athlete who can chase down ball carriers while making his home close to the line of scrimmage. He wasn’t selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Max got a minicamp invite to the Oakland Raiders, but didn’t make the squad. In 2018, Max saw an opportunity with the Alliance of American Football. He’d join the Birmingham Iron based on territorial rights.

Redfield made the best of his situation and became one of the stars of the Iron defense. The Iron were well disciplined. Coached by former NFL DB Tim Lewis- they were excellent at keeping opposing offenses in front of them and not giving up big plays or chunk yardage. Starting 7 games Max had a pick, 34 total tackles, and a forced fumble.

After the AAF folded, Max was drafted by the Washington Defenders of the XFL- but he opted to not sign with the league citing the XFL’s poor pay structure. Max wanted to do some travelling, and opted to play for the Italian Football League. After COVID struck, he decided to stay there, becoming an ambassador for the Florence Gufeli of the IFL while the pandemic played out.

Evans, Shaquelle ‘Shaq’

Card: Sage 2014
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker

Shaquelle Evans played for the Bruins of UCLA from 2011 to 2013, and Notre Dame in 2010. In 2012 he had 60 receptions for 877 yards and 3 TDs. He followed that up with 47 receptions for 709 yards and 9 TDs in 2013.  Evans was selected in the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets in the 4th round. He blew out his shoulder before he even finished training camp and spent 2014 on IR. Subsequently in 2015 he’d be waived in final cut downs.

Shaq was quickly snapped up by the Jaguars and spent the next year with the franchise on their practice squad. After a short stint on the Patriots in 2016, he joined the Cowboys in January of 2017, but later was suspended for violating the league’s drug policy.  

In January of 2018, Evans joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL and caught 50 passes for 785 yards in his rookie year with the team. He followed that up with an equally impressive 2019 catching 108 balls for 1334 yards and 5 TDs.

Berrios, Braxton ‘Honey Nut Berrios’

Card: Panini Contenders 2018
Acquired: 2018, Box Breaker

Braxton Berrios played 4 years for the Miami Hurricanes from 2014 to 2017 at wide receiver and punt returner. His best year came as a Senior, when he logged 55 receptions for 679 yards and 9 TDs. He finished at Miami with 100 receptions for 1175 yards and 14 TDs, to go along with 47 punt returns for 488 yards and a TD. He’d be selected in the 6th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots with the idea of grooming him into the next slot receiving sensation.

With Julian Edelman, Philip Dorsett, Chris Hogan pretty much set at the starting spots, and Cordarrelle Patterson, Eric Decker, Kenny Britt, Malcolm Mitchell, and Jordan Matthews battling it out for scraps it looked like Berrios might the rookie caught looking in. As the preseason progressed however, the smoke cleared, and with Matthews, Mitchell, and Britt, all leaving the team before the end of the preseason, it looked like Braxton might stand a dark horse chance of making the roster and having a real impact. Injuries too impacted Braxton’s tape during the preseason- and ultimately he’d end his rookie season on IR. He’d be cut after training camp in 2019, but quickly scooped up by the New York Jets. On the season he’d make 6 catches for 115 yards including a 69 yard long, while returning kicks (4 for 48 yards) and punts (21 for 240 yards) for the Jets.

OK. Gotta give Panini credit on this card. It is a really nice one. Braxton’s face is really clear in this image, and colors are all spot on. A highly slanted autograph with really pronounced ‘B’s, Braxton’s autograph even compliments this canvas well.

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