Cards: ProSet 1992, Gameday 1992, Gameday 1993. Fleer 1995, Playoff 1993, business card.
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Home
Sent: 10/13 Received: 10/31 (18 days)
A walkon on the Oregon Ducks football team in 1984, JJ was used sparingly until his Junior season, when he caught 20 balls for 257 yards. He’d record 19 more receptions for 399 yards and his first touchdown in his senior season. Over his 4 years at Oregon, JJ had 45 receptions for 739 yards and a TD.
Birden was drafted in the 8th round of the 1988 draft by the Cleveland Browns. JJ was shocked to be drafted because he was known primarily as a track man at Oregon. He’d be injured in camp and spend his entire rookie season on IR. In 1989, he spent time on the Browns, and later the Cowboys practice squads.
It all began to come together in 1990 for JJ. He’d sign with the Chiefs, reuniting him with former Browns head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Although Birden started no games during the season, he finally got on the field, contributing 15 receptions for 352 yards and 3 TDs. In fact it wasn’t until 1992 that he finally was able to crack the starting lineup. 1993 would be his best season as a pro, starting all 16 games at receiver. He’d catch 51 balls for 721 yards and 2 TDs. Birden played one more season for the Chiefs in 1994, before signing with the Falcons. JJ played 2 more season for
Atlanta, retiring after the 1996 season.
JJ is a fighter through and through. Displaying toughness, grit, and heart, Birden fought uphill to make it on NFL rosters throughout much of his early career. He was also frequently tasked with taking on players that were sometimes 100 lbs or more to block. Since football he has continued to demonstrate this through his commitment to his family and in business. He specializes in Network Marketing
A solid and reliable TTM signer, JJ signed 5 cards for me and threw in a signed business card as well. Some great cards her of JJ, it’s hard to single out one that I like the best, but the Gameday cards are among my favorite. If you want to read more, you can visit him at his website at www.jjbirden.com .
G/Gs 93/62 Rec 244 Yds 3441 Avg 14.1 Td 17 LG 90t
PR 15 Yds 115 Avg 7.7 Td 0 Lg 22
KR 1 Yds 14 Avg 14.0 Td 0 Lg 14