Cards: Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009, Donruss Gridiron 2009, Topps 2012
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o The Philadelphia Eagles
Sent: 9/22/15 Received: 2/5/16 (136 days)
See Also: Connor Barwin
A lesson in patience, Connor Barwin sports a near perfect response rate through Sportscollectors.net. To get a better feel for when players respond, I always look at the date that they sign. Do they clump their signings around bye weeks? Do they sign after the season/ before the season? These are things to consider to properly understand your time frame for a response. I know Barwin is a stellar signer, and after a slightly longer than expected wait, the autographs rolled in.
While Barwin was playing in Houston in 2010, he blew out his ankle during the season opener against Indianapolis. He was in so much pain that it was really sad when they carted him from the field. Later it was revealed that he was lost for the season. It struck me so deeply that I opened a Twitter account to wish him well and sent my first tweet to him. He recovered from his injury, and was converted to linebacker.
Connor had a banner year in 2011 under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, setting a personal best with 11.5 sacks. Barwin frequently made a mess of the Jaguars, breaking the team record with 4 sacks in one game against Jacksonville. 2012 was a contract year for Barwin, and largely a down one if you consider only sacks. The Texans hoped to resign him, but wanted to do so at a hometown discount.
Understanding his value, Barwin signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2013. Ever gracious, Connor took out a legendary full page ad in the Houston Chronicle thanking the team, the fans, and even Blaine Gabbert (quarterback for Jacksonville at the time) for his time with the Texans. Barwin has become a fixture in the Eagles defense.. He’d earn his first AP nomination in 2014 after recording 14.5 sacks, and followed that up in 2015 with another 7.
Considered the MVP of the defense, big things are expected of Barwin under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2016.