All posts by Lee Bolton

Miller, Braxton

Cards: Panini Black Metal 2016 (02/100), Panini Encased 2016 (49/75)
Acquired: 2017, EBay

Braxton Miller played his college ball at Ohio State. Gifted with tremendous athleticism, Braxton made the jump from quarterback to wide receiver after a shoulder injury caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. With the QB job firmly in the hands of JT Barrett and Cardale Jones, Braxton posted 26 receptions for 341 yards and 3 TDs. He also rushed for an additional 261 yards and a TD on 43 carries. He’d declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. An intriguing raw talent, Braxton was selected in the 3rd round by the Houston Texans.

The Texans were desperate to reload their sluggish offense with speed and talent, so after selecting Will Fuller in the first round, they decided to select Miller and groom him to work the slot catching passes from new quarterback Brock Osweiler.  He’d finish his rookie season with 15 receptions for 99 yards and his first professional TD, recorded against the Raiders in Mexico City during Week 10. Braxton lost the remainder of this 2016 season to a shoulder injury.

I am not really sure what the Texans’ plans truly were for Miller. It was thought he’d be brought along slowly, as Miller has pressed into duty into 2017, thanks in part to injuries, suspensions, and a lack of talent that continue to plague the wide receiver corps. Playing in 11 contests Miller had 19 receptions for 162 yards and a TD. He also displayed some speed making a career long 57 yard grab.

I really love these two cards of Braxton. The art design on the Scripted Signatures card is minimal but superb. The Black Metal card is unique, even though the photo seems a bit bland, and does a great job of showcasing Miller’s autograph in gold.

Hull, Mike

Card: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2017, Hobby Box Breaker

Mike Hull was a nice find by the Miami Dolphins. A diamond in the rough out of Penn State, Hull carries on the Nittany Lion tradition of Linebacker U. Hull played for the school during its collapse and rebirth from the Sandusky scandal from 2013 to 2014. He displayed versatility by switching from outside linebacker to inside linebacker under Bill O’Brien. He posted 216 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 5 passes defensed, and 1 interception for 12 yards. His 2014 campaign earned Mike Big 10 LB of the Year.

Hull was not selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Scouts did not like his size or athleticism. Undeterred Mike signed with the Miami Dolphins and spent the season on and off the practice squad. He returned to the Dolphins in 2016 and made the squad. An important role player in Miami’s defense, Mike finished with 33 combined tackles and an interception that season. He returned in 2017 and started 3 games, posting 35 combined tackles and a fumble recovery.

 

Broussard, Steve

Cards: Score Supplemental 1990, Score 1990, Action Packed Rookies 1990, SkyBox 1992
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Work
Sent: 10/9/17 Received: 1/17/18 (100 days)
Failure: 2011, C/o Arizona State

Steve Broussard has some great cards. His Skybox is exceptional. The resolution on the shot is so high you can make out the expression on Steve’s face. After nabbing him for my set need in Action Packed Rookies 1990, his two Score entries make the list for me, just barely over his Proset 1990 draft card. I tend to lean more full body shot if I can, especially if it is one where the player is in the open field. Anyway, I am very pleased to get him. I took a shot in the dark at his work address, knowing fully that in the past he has pulled any number of hijinks on autograph requesters, including having his kids sign for him. I did not count on getting these back also based on my previous experience, but after 100 days flat, the enigmatic back kindly signed these 4 cards for me. The autograph is in ball point pen- a disappointment, considering the amazing loops and varying size of his graph.

Steve finished second all-time on the Washington State career rushing charts with 3,054 yards and first in total touchdowns (41). During his Senior year in ’89 he had a career high 41 carries for 205 yards against Oregon. He also displayed his versatility by winning the WAC rushing title in 1989 (1237 yards) and receiving title in 1987 (59 receptions), distinguishing himself as only the second player in Conference history to do so.

He’d be selected in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1990. Steve had a bumpy rookie season as injuries limited his campaign to 13 games. Still the compact halfback showed promise chewing up 454 yards on the ground and making 24 receptions. With a crowded backfield in the Red Gun system, Broussard continued to demonstrate himself as a nice change of pace, 3rd down back throughout his time in Atlanta- however he saw his playing time decrease every year after his rookie campaign.

After the 1993 season, Steve played one year in Cincinnati and recorded a career high 621 yards from scrimmage (403 yards rushing and 218 yards receiving). He then returned to his home state and played for the Seahawks for the remainder of his career in the NFL. With the Seahawks, Steve was used primarily as a kick returner where he demonstrated that burst of speed that made him so dangerous. After the 1998 season, Steve retired.

Steve went into coaching first at the high school level. He then moved on to the college level with stops at Portland State, Washington State, ASU, SMU, ICLA, and Pasadena Community College. In 2017 he returned to Washington and coaches at a local high school in Vancouver.

G/GS 121/21    RUSH  578      YDS 2625       AVG 4.5      TD 19    LG 77T
REC 126       YDS 882       AVG 7.0       TD 3      LG 25
KR  175       YDS 4060     AVG 23.2     TD 1    LG 90T