Card: Topps Triple Threads 2012 (59/75)
Acquired: 2017, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
Cyrus Gray had back to back 1,000 yard seasons at Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011. He finished with 632 carries for 3298 yards and 30 TDs. He also displayed nice hands, with 103 receptions for 776 yards and 6 TDs receiving. The knock on Gray was his size (5’10”) sometimes allowed him to get overwhelmed in pass protection and he wasn’t the speediest back. He was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
He played from 2012 to 2014 for the Chiefs. With an already established backfield led by Jamaal Charles, Cyrus did not see the rock much. He scored his first NFL touchdown in week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, but tore his ACL late in the season. He was not retained by the franchise. Cyrus finished his 3 years in KC with 24 carries for 99 yards and a TD. He also caught 9 balls for 64 yards.
In 2016 he spent time on both the preseason rosters of both the Broncos and the Falcons- with the latter giving him an injury settlement. As of 2017 he is a free agent.
Card: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011, Photograph Memorabilia
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o Home
Sent: 12/28/15 Received: 1/11/16 (14 days)
The Talberts (Charlie, Don, and Diron) were a family line that infused the University of Texas during the 50s and 60s with raw talent. Don Talbert, the eldest of the clan, 6’5″, 210, was a two way star playing both offensive line and defensive line for the Longhorns from 1959 to 1961. He was a co-team captain and earned All SWC and All-American Honors after the 1961 season.
Don was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, where he played both sides of the line. (He was also selected in the 34th round of the AFL draft by the Houston Oilers, but declined their offer.) After serving 2 years in Vietnam, he returned to the Cowboys in 1965. Don was selected by the expansion Atlanta Falcons in 1966 where he grew into starter material until he was traded to the Saints in 1969. After two seasons blocking up front for New Orleans, Don was traded again- this time back to Dallas. Talbert played for the Cowboys through 1973 and won a Super Bowl ring (VI).
Don joined the upstart WFL in 1974 as a member of the original Houston Texans. (The franchise did not last the year and moved to Shreveport where it was renamed the Steamer.) He’d retire after the season concluded.
Don signed this UT card of his in a very short time. He also mailed me this signed photo memorabilia as well. For a while there after football Don was owner and president of Talbert Investments- specializing in real estate out of Houston.
Card: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Grady Jarrett played for the Clemson Tigers from 2011-2014. The Tigers have really poised themselves as a pipeline for future defensive line NFL talent over the last 5-10 years. Grady was no exception. Over his college career playing at defensive tackle, Grady finished with 144 total tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
Considered undersized, the Atlanta Falcons selected Grady in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL draft. He was considered a ‘value pick’. Grady started 2 games his rookie season and posted a sack, 13 tackles, and 11 assists playing primarily nose tackle. In 2016, he was shifted to defensive tackle. In 14 starts Grady put up 21 tackles, 27 assists, and 3 sacks.
It’d be during Superbowl LI that Grady shined. On the big stage he tied a Super Bowl record, sacking quarterback Tom Brady 3 times. If not for the Patriots furious comeback, Jarrett could’ve been the big game’s MVP. He’d return for a full slate of games and record 34 tackles, 21 assists, and 4 sacks in 2017.