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Vitale III, Danny

Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker

Danny Vitale played college football at Northwestern. There he played slotback and tight end. The hard nosed blocker had 135 receptions for 1427 yards and 11 touchdowns. At 6’2″, 235, Vitale would have had to seriously bulk up to play tight end, so he was classified as a fullback for the 2016 NFL draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Dan with their 6th round pick. He did not make the squad, but was resigned soon thereafter to their practice squad. In October of that year the Browns signed Danny off of the Bucs practice squad. Pressed into duty he had 4 receptions for 27 yards in 9 games. He returned in 2017 to the Browns on their practice squad and recorded another 3 receptions for 19 yards. He’d be cut in 2018, and  presently is on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers.

Brown, Pharaoh

Card: Panini Contenders 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker

Tight End Pharoah Brown was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft concluded. The former Oregon Duck scored well at the combine, leading his group in both the verticle jump and bench press reps. He had a pretty solid career in Eugene, but a horrific injury during his Junior season combined with three separate acts of violence incidents sent his draft stock plummeting. The former Duck finished with 70 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns. With few valid options outside of free agent signee Jared Cook, Brown was given plenty of reps and opportunity to make the Raiders roster for 2017. He was waived in September of 2018 but quickly found a home on the Cleveland Browns practice squad.

McCoy, Colt (3) ‘The Real McCoy’

Cards: Donruss Rookies & Stars 2010 Dressed for Success, Donruss Rookies & Stars 2010 Freshman Orientation, Score 2010, Score 2011, Playoff Contenders 2011*, Panini UT 2016.
Acquired: IP 2/10/18, Texas Meet Eat & Greet Bastrop, Tx
See Also: Colt McCoy, Colt McCoy (2)

About two weeks before the event Colt put up a flyer on his Facebook feed for the Texas Meet Eat & Greet, taking place at Texas Boot Company in Bastrop, Tx. This was literally 15 minutes from me so it made a lot of sense to go to. I arranged for time off from the wife and baby. (It was occurring on the same day we were celebrating our baby’s first birthday, but honestly I had earned the time off after taking care of both of them when they came down with sickness the previous week.) I got there at about 15 minutes late, because the party ran a little long, but that’s okay. I was able to find a spot on the grass and got a place in line inside.

I had a lot of cards I wanted Colt to sign, and as we know, in person events can be pretty dicey with making multiple requests, so instead of being greedy and asking for 10 or 12 autographs, I cherry picked out my favorite 6 and just rolled the dice. Previous experience had led me to believe that Colt wouldn’t have a problem and luckily I was correct. While the line was long, the event was pretty informal once you got to the front. Fans were taking their time talking to the players so I figured I had a good shot. It couldn’t have worked out better.

I opened with talking about Dunkin’ Donuts. I knew he owned a couple of shops. I was just shocked he owned the one right next door to us! I told him that I got donuts there on a pretty regular basis and they did a good job. He just wished that the could raise the sign a bit or get it above the Factory Mattress Warehouse they shared the lot with. It was a good chuckle. I told him that I knew 6 cards was a tall order, but did he mind signing them for me? He pawed through them and said sure. It was then that I almost blew it.

My friend Deadhorse, was a big old fan of McCoy’s. In fact he owned his jersey. When he found out that I was going to the event, he asked me if there was anyway I could get Colt for him. I said sure and I’d give it a shot. When I was talking to Colt I told him that my friend up in Ohio was a really big fan of his, and I wanted to get one for him. Colt looked at me and sarcastically responded, “Man, I don’t have any fans left in Cleveland.” It was actually a good laugh. I steered the conversation quickly, reminding him that, “Dude you beat New England, with the BROWNS. That amounts to something. I thought you got a bad wrap there in Cleveland.” He laughed and said true, and then we talked about the continuing failures of the franchise since then.

Later in the conversation we talked about how I had hoped that when he was a free agent that he signed with the Texans, but I was happy for him nonetheless in Washington.

Colt’s time in Washington has been pretty quiet since Kirk Cousins cemented the starting role at QB for the Redskins. He got in briefly during one game in 2015, going 7 for 11 for 128 yards and a TD, but outside of that he hasn’t seen any playing time whatsoever.

Cousins’ continuing contract debacle though will have a rippling effect through the league however. The Redskins started making moves in the off-season immediately trading for Chiefs QB Alex Smith and then sat on Cousins. Speculation arose as to if the Redskins were going to franchise Cousins an unheard of third time and then trade him away. In the end Washington went ahead and let him walk. Cousins signed with the Vikings, and McCoy continues to back up new incumbent starter Alex Smith.