Bethea, Elvin (2)

to75 betheaCard: Topps 1975
Acquired: 11/23/2012, Fiterman Autograph Event, IP Houston Fan Fest 5/19/2013
See also: Bethea, Elvin 

Exerpt from Hornsby Howell (presenter) HOF: “After graduation from North Carolina A&T State University in 1968, Elvin was drafted by the Houston Oilers and played 16 seasons for them. He started as a defensive end in their opener in 1968 and did not miss a game until breaking his arm in November, 1977. That streak of 135 consecutive games played still stands as a club record. Elvin also holds Oilers records for the most games played – 210; most seasons played – 16, from 1968 to 1983; most Pro Bowl appearances; Elvin led the team in quarterback sacks six times, including a career mark of 14½ in 1976. In 31 years of Houston history, only three players have the distinction of having their jersey number retired, Elvin is one of those three.

Elvin is currently employed by Anheuser-Busch as the Director of Government Affairs and Special Projects for the western region. He’s been with this company for 19 years. Elvin’s quality of good character, integrity, talent, and solid work ethics, are qualities I observed in him in 1964. To his credit, these qualities have helped him make him the man he is today.”

I got Elvin via the Fiterman Autograph event in 2012. They were selling this incredible bulk pack of Oilers- to which many of them I needed for the collection, and Bethea was on the list. Dr. Doom later appeared via the 2013 Houston Fan Fest