Allison, Aundrae

Card: Upper Deck 2007 Trilogy (#13/199)
Acquired: 3/27/12, Target Authentic Memorabilia Autograph Edition

Aundrae Allison played at East Carolina University, which surprisingly has produced players such as former QB Jeff Blake, WR Walter Wilson, and RB Chris Johnson. In 2005 he became the first player in school history to crack the 1,000 yard barrier amassing 1,732 yards on 145 receptions over two years for the Pirates.

The Minnesota Vikings took Allison in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL draft and put him in at kick returner and wide receiver. He had a pretty decent showing his rookie year, -lodging 20 KR for 574 yards and a touchdown. The 104 yard return, against the Lions would be a Vikings record. The problem was, Allison just wasn’t getting as many reps at receiver as the coaches wanted him to. He’d tally 18 receptions in two seasons before the team cut him.  The Jets signed Aundrae in 2009, but a torn ACL would keep him out the whole season.

Aundrae elected to play 2011 in the UFL for the Virginia Destroyers where he became a favorite target of quarterback Chris Greisen. In the league opener, Allison caught a 35 yard bomb for a touchdown against Las Vegas. While the team was predicated by “Marty Ball” behind runningbacks Adrian Peterson (ex Bear) and Dominic Rhodes, Aundrae made the best of his opportunities as the Destroyers captured their first UFL championship over the Las Vegas Locos.  After the season, Allison signed with the Buccaneers, but since that time has returned to the Destroyers, hopeful for a 4th season of UFL Football.