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Perry, Michael Dean

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Cards: Skybox 1992, Action Packed Rookies 1992, Gameday 1992
Acquired: TTM 2014, C/o Home
Sent:  7/1   Received: 10/3   (94 days)

With uncanny quickness off the snap Michael Dean Perry smashed the record books for career sacks (24) at Clemson from his defensive tackle position.  At 6-1, 285, Perry would be considered slightly undersized by today’s standards. Even then he was considered a bit smaller than usual, but Perry turned this to his advantage and wrecked opposing backfields.

sky92 mdperry BBeing drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd round of the 1988 draft was a blessing to MDP, and he’d quickly endear himself to legions of Browns fans everywhere. In his rookie season, Perry flashed his playmaking skills. Coming in as a situational pass rusher, he logged 25 tackles, 6.0 sacks, recovered 2 fumbles, one of which he rumbled with for a TD.  In 1989, Bud Carson switched the defense to a 4-3 alignment and Perry became a sensation. He’d earn the first of 5 Pro Bowl nominations, and his first of two All-Pro Honors. Michael Dean’s 1990 was so dominating (107 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 2 FF) that talk around Cleveland was that MDP should receive NFL Player of the Year Honors. At one point the fanfare around Perry was so crazy, McDonalds started selling burgers in the Cleveland area called the MDP- which consisted of a double quarterpounder with double bacon. Ugh… Michael continued to play for the Cleveland Browns through the 1994 season.  At that point head coach Bill Belichick was going in another direction on defense, so the team had a mutual parting of ways with Perry.

gday92 mdperryMichael still had some gas in the tank, so he signed with the Denver Broncos in 1995. He’d somehow earn one last Pro Bowl berth in 1996. 1997 was MDP’s final season in the NFL. He’d play primarily for the Broncos, and then the final month of the season with the Chiefs. By then the nicks and cuts had caught up with him and Perry decided to call it a career. While other teams attempted to lure Perry out of retirement, he resisted and sequestered himself to South Carolina.  Of the offensive linemen that he faced over the years, Perry considered Randall McDaniel and Mike Munchak his most difficult opponents.

Since then Michael has invested in a string of Subway sandwich shops.  He is the younger brother of William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry, who he remains extremely close to. I’ve always found it odd when a player decides to sign his card on the back. Still not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I was very happy to add this fan favorite to the collection.

G/Gs  148/127          Tac  534             Sac 61.0              Fum  13
Int  0         Yds 0          Avg  -.-           Td 0              Lg -.-

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Singletary, Mike (2)

aprks92 singletaryCard: Action Packed Rookies 1992
Acquired: 2015, Future Considerations
See Also: Mike Singletary

Mike Singletary went from being a golden boy in coaching cirlces to a pariah after his tenure as the head coach in San Fransisco. Fired with one game left in the 2010 season,  it’s hard to accept sometimes how harsh the mistress of football can be.  Mike joined Leslie Frazier’s  staff on the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. He’d hold the unique position of Linebackers Coach/ Special Assistant to the Coach.

When the Vikings cleaned house after the 2013 season, Mike was not retained.  In the meantime, Mike went on an introspective journey of sorts, shouldering the burden of his shortcomings in San Fransisco. He has spent time travelling to and learning from former coaches, former players, and even trainers, trying to refine his knowledge, preparation, and communication skills.  Mike wants to coach again, and at this point, it’s a crime that he hasn’t come closer to coaching opportunities around the league, with only an interview for the Giants in 2016.

My friend Nathan was at the Baylor vs Texas football game in 2015 that I couldn’t attend. He was nice enough to spot me on this autograph I needed for the Action Packed 1992 Rookies set.  It was important that I get an in person autograph of Singletary as it has long been rumored that he uses a ghost signer.

Hawkins, Courtney ‘Hawk’

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ard: Action Packed Rookies 1992
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Home
Sent:   7/23/15  Received:  11/2/15   (102 days)

Courtney Hawkins played collegiately for the Spartans at Michigan State.  A dangerous kick and punt returner, Hawk got his chance to shine as a receiver in his Sophomore year when he made 60 receptions for 1080 yards and 6 touchdowns.  At the time of his graduation Hawkins had 138 receptions for 2210 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Courtney played 9 seasons in the NFL. Originally a second round choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hawk’s best season came in 1993 when he caught 62 balls for 933 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He was also used seldomly on punt return duties.  Hawkins joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997 and had a renaissance in 1998, with 66 receptions for 751 yards and a TD. During that season,  Hawk broke a Steelers team record with 14 receptions (for 147 yards) against the Tennessee Oilers.  He retired after the 1999 campaign.

Currently he is a highly regarded head coach and athletic director for the Beecher School District in Michigan.  Beggars can’t be choosers, and while I really wanted to get my Star Pics 1992 card signed as well, I guess he decided to keep that one in exchange for his autograph on his Action Packed Rookies entry.

G/GS  131/81     REC  366    YDS  4573     AVG  12.5   TD 18      LG  67
PR 68    YDS 553      AVG  8.1      TD 0       LG 47
KR 9       YDS 118      AVG  13.1    TD 0      LG 18