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Joseph, Johnathan ‘J Jo’

ud06 jjosephCard: Upper Deck 2006
Acquired: In Person 12/15/2015, Whataburger Community Player of the Year

A burner at the University of South Carolina, Johnathan Joseph was reputed to run the 40 in some 4.3 seconds. He was only a starter as a Senior, notching 55 tackles and 4 interceptions. It was still enough to entice the Bengals who needed a defensive back in the ever increasing arms race occurring in the AFC North, who selected him with the 24th pick of the 2006 draft. While he didn’t make his first interception until 2007, J Jo was a pass defensed monster, raking in 20 PD in 2006.  In 2009, Joseph had a career high 6 interceptions for 92 yards, 20 PD, and a TD. He continued to play for the Bengals through the 2010 season.

After a disastrous defensive campaign in 2010 that resulted in the release of defensive coordinator Frank Bush, the Texans decided to beef up their defense. New coordinator Wade Philips needed to sorely retool the secondary for 2011.  They courted former Raider Nnamdi Asomugha who was considered the most complete man to man defensive back in the Free Agent pool, but he was too much for the team to afford. As Asomugha signed with the Eagles and the Texans’ fanbase groaned, GM Rick Smith decided to go with what they had characterized as ‘their plan all along’. Going for value, Houston was able to get both Johnathan Joseph at corner and Danieal Manning at safety- and they made it work.  The Texans defense went from 30th to 2nd in yards allowed over that one season, and captured the AFC South title for the first time in the franchise’s history.  They’d repeat again in 2012 posting a 12-4 record.  In both seasons Joseph earned Pro Bowl nominations. The franchise went into meltdown in 2013, but recovered nicely under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel in 2014.  Joseph remained entrenched at right cornerback and despite some injuries here and there is well respected around the league as one of the best defensive backs. He has 6 career touchdowns in 10 seasons.

Johnathan Joseph quickly established himself as one of my favorite players on the retooled Texans defense, always around the ball making plays- something not seen in the Texans secondary since the dying days of Aaron Glenn and the early years of Dunta Robinson. As the Texans have made it clear that they want him to retire a Texan, it has made sense to me that I needed to get his autograph on at least something.

The Whataburger Community Player of the Year Event provided that perfect excuse.  He’d appear alongside Kareem Jackson, Garrett Graham, and Cecil Shorts as winners of the annual event provided by the burger eatery. The crowd was quiet but as Joseph approached I cheered him on, which elicited a fist bump from him when he got to me at the front.  When I got to him for his autograph I told him my favorite game of him was when he blew up the Baltimore Ravens a few years ago, intercepting Joe Flacco for a TD. While I was tempted to go for two, I resisted the greed and was happy with my one and done with Joseph. Worthless fact only interesting to me: The Texans love their South Carolina connection. Since the franchise’s inception the team has had 4 starters at corner who have played for the Gamecocks: Dunta Robinson, Fred Bennett, DJ Swearinger, and Johnathan Joseph.

 

Walter, Kevin (2)

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Cards: Score 2010, Upper Deck 2009, Pacific 2009, Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009
Acquired:  TTM 2014, C/o Home
Sent:     Received:
Failure:  2012, C/o The Houston Texans
See Also: Kevin Walter

The previous one I had signed before, bubbled because of the finish on the card.  After my initial luck back in 2009/2010, I tried to go back to the well again to get Walter on some more cards. He’d be cut after the 2012 season, thus ending any chance on getting his autograph on anything else.

He posted two respectable seasons in 2011 (39 receptions for 474 yards and 3 TDs) and 2012 (41 receptions for 518 yards and 2 TDs) for the Texans.  The receiver needy Tennessee Titans signed Kevin that following season, but he didn’t take a snap due to injury. Kevin would retire after the 2013 season.  He was later named to the Houston Texans’ 10th Anniversary team.

I contacted Kevin at his home address in Texas where he signed these cards for me with his amazing signature. (The postmark on the return was from New York.) He also responded by wishing me and my family well, as well.

G/GS  152/93     REC 356     YDS 4379    AVG 12.3     TD 25   LG 61T

Joiner, Charlie

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Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: TTM 2016, C/o Home
Sent: 1/2     Received:  2/2    (31 days)

Charlie Joiner played an exhaustive 18 seasons in the AFL/NFL. Originally a 4th round pick of the Houston Oilers in 1969, as a defensive back, he made the switch to wide receiver and then started 8 games in 1970. He’d record 28 receptions for 416 yards and 3 TDs, including a 87 yarder.  He’d play with the Oilers through 6 games of the 1972 season but was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Joiner spent the next 3 seasons there where he started coming into his own during the 1975 season. He’d pull down 37 receptions for 726 yards and 5 TDs.  The Bengals then traded him to the Chargers, where Charlie became the perfect fit for Air Coryell’s West Coast Offense catching passes from young Dan Fouts. In the midst of the ‘Dead Ball Era’, Charlie had 50 receptions for 1056 yards and 7 TDs -earning his first Pro Bowl nomination. He’d return to form in 1979 with a career high 72 receptions and 1008 yards with his second Pro Bowl berth.  The following year in 1980, Charlie earned his final Pro Bowl trip, and his first and only All-Pro Honor with 70 receptions for 1132 yards and 7 TDs. While he’d log a career high 1,188 yards in 1981, he did not earn any additional honors for the remainder of his career.  Joiner personified longevity in a league meant to break people.  He continued to play for the Chargers until his retirement after the 1986 season.  His 239 games played as a wide receiver, receptions, and yards, were NFL records at the time of his retirement.

G/GS  239/211      REC 750       YDS 12146     AVG 16.2    TD 65   LG 87