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Fernandez, “Swervin’” Mervyn

Card: Fleer 1990
Acquired: Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 1992

Mervyn Fernandez got a better offer so he packed his bags and headed to the Great White North of the CFL, where he became the poster child for the British Columbia Lions in 1982 winning the Western Division’s honor for the most outstanding rookie. He’d help the team win the Grey Cup in 1985 finishing a monster season up with 1727 yards and won the Most Oustanding Player award that season. In 1987 Al Davis would convince him to join the Raiders organization, where he’d play for the next 6 seasons and the burner would lead the NFL with a monster 26 yard average per catch in 1988. In 1989 he’d follow that up with 1069 yards on 57 receptions. In 1992 I’d get Swervin’ Mervyn’s autograph at Cowboys training camp along autograph alley when the Raiders came to town. He’d then head back up north in 1994 and rejoin the BC Lions for one final season and retire.

Mervyn since retirement has amassed a long line of awards from his time in the CFL, being inducted into the British Columbia Lions Wall of Fame, the Lions All-Time Dream Team and named in 2006 as one of the CFL’s Top 50 players of the modern era. Surprisingly Fernandez has not been inducted into the CFL HoF, but hopefully his time will come soon. Listed below are his Raiders statistics.

Games 86    Rec 209      Yds 3764       Avg 18.0       Td  19      Lg 85T

Harvey, Derrick

Card:  Score 2009 Inscriptions
Acquired: 2010, Box Breaker

I really like the 2009 Score football card design and decided to buy a small box of the cards when they were on clearance at a local toy store for 10 bucks. I was surprised to find an authenticated autograph inside from Jacksonville defensive end Derrick Harvey. I also realized that Jacksonville was probably the last team that I didn’t have an autograph from.  Strange oddity of note is that the Houston Oilers were the first team that the Jaguars beat, and the Jaguars were the first team the Texans beat on the road.

The BCS National Championship Defensive MVP, Harvey had some nice measurables coming out of college from Florida. The 6’5″, 252 lb defensive end ran a 4.67-78  at private workouts and was the 3rd defensive end drafted in the top ten of the 2008 draft. The team had an ornery negotiation with Derrick, and they drug on for an unusually long period of time. He would be the last first round choice to sign- with a 33 day hold out, also setting a franchise mark for that dubious honor. Derrick has suffered unfairly at the hands of the media and fans who were angry about the team trading up to get him, and quickly labeled him a bust.

Considered to be a project, Derrick in his rookie season would only start 9 games, but would grab 3.5 sacks an interception and finally had to bulk up as a stand up LB and DE as well in the Jaguars 3-4 defense. In 2009, Harvey would start all 16 games having a decent sophomore season with 57 total tackles improving on his rookie totals, (which made him the highest rated defensive end against the run from the 2008 draft.)  He would be one of the few bright spots on the Jacksonville defense. The Jaguars responded by changing defensive line coaches and continuing to surround Harvey with more defensive line talent from the 2010 draft and free agency and hope for more production out of their young star.

Games 34    Tac 78      Sac  5.5    FF  0     Int  1   Yds 0   Avg -.-  Td 0

Jones, June

Card: Topps 1978
Acquired: TTM 2010, C/o SMU
Sent:  1/13  Recieved: 2/1  (26 days)

A member of the Mouse Davis coaching tree, June Jones is considered a quarterback guru and offensive innovator and his teams typically employ a spread offense or Run ‘N Shoot variant. After playing in 3 different offensive systems and 3 different colleges, June would be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons out of Portland State where he played from 1977 to 1981. He’d then briefly play in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts. Jones quickly moved into coaching, working under Jack Pardee and Mouse Davis as the wide receivers coach for the USFL Houston Gamblers, and then into the CFL coaching with the Ottawa Rough Riders. In 1987, June was hired by Jerry Glanville to coach Warren Moon as the quarterbacks coach in Houston and then with Detroit under offensive coordinator Mouse Davis. After this stint he would follow Glanville to Atlanta where he’d install the Run ‘N Shoot offense. Later he’d replace Glanville as head coach of the Falcons. June guided the team to the playoffs before a meltdown with quarterback Jeff  George that was infamously caught on tape. The rift caused both of them to get released. Jones then worked for Kevin Gilbride briefly on the Chargers staff, before returing to the college ranks as head coach for the University of Hawaii. He turned a winless team around to a 9-4 bowl bound team in what is considered to be the fastest turn around in NCAA football history. By 2006 he was the winningest coach in Hawaii history and finished his career there in 2007 at 76-41. In 2008 Jones decided to leave Hawaii to coach perennial doormat SMU turning that franchise around in two seasons and leading them to their first bowl game in many years. Posted below are his college coaching statistics.

Wins 85   Losses 57  Ties 0