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Harrell, Graham

CARDS: Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009 Longevity, Score 2009
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 10/11 RECEIVED: 10/21 (10 Days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • QB saw action from 2005-08 for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

  • Had incredible record setting season in 2007 throwing for 5,705 yards and 48 TDs on 512 of 713 passing.

  • Finished college career with 1403 completions, 2011 attempts, 15,793 yards, 134 TDs, and just 34 interceptions.

  • Wasn’t selected coming out of the 2009 NFL draft.

  • Attended rookie camp with the Browns, and later flirted with the UFL.

  • Ultimately signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 2009.

  • Joined Packers in 2010, and saw little playing time behind Aaron Rodgers.

  • Signed and released by Jets in 2013 before regular season.

  • After successful stints working up college ranks, saw most success at UNT and then later was an OC for the USC Trojans.

ACCOLADES:

  • 2007 Sammy Baugh Trophy

  • 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

  • 2008 AT&T All-America Player of the Year

NOTES:

It’s only a matter of time before Graham is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as he holds multiple college records. Since 2009 contains quite a few sets I like, I decided to knock him out on these two cards.

Orakpo, Brian, (3)

Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009, #128

CARDS: Upper Deck First Edition 2009, Donruss Rookies and Stars 2009, Score 2012, Bowman 2009 Superlatives, Upper Deck 2009 Football Heroes, Adrenalyn 2009, Photo memorabilia
ACQUIRED: In Person, 2021

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

Photo memorabilia Upper Deck First Edition 2009, #184

NOTES:

Never in my wildest dreams after seeing Ricky Williams during Spring Break of 2020, would I believe that I wouldn’t see another in person signing until September of 2021, but that is exactly what happened due to COVID. My work (at the time) sent us home- telling us they’d see us in a week or two. Our stay was extended indefinitely, eventually to a point where I never stepped foot in the office again.

Orakpo was hosting an event for a new business he was working on, Restore Wellness. I decided to have some fun and got a treatment trying out cryotherapy. It completely got rid of my joints cracking for a few days.

Bowman 2009 Draft Picks Superlatives, #S2 Upper Deck 2009 Heroes. #184

Adrenalyn 2009, #389 Score 2011, #293

We watched the UT game against TCU, and I gave a pretty accurate score. Brian signed anything and everything. I grabbed a few signed photos on my way out the door, and gave them to a few friends. I am quickly running out of cards of his. A lot of these represented set needs and likes, as the Donruss Rookies & Stars 09, and the Adrenalyn always stuck out in my mind.

Johnson, Larry (2)

Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009, #50
Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009 Gold Stars Insert, #4

CARDS: Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009, Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009 Gold Stars
ACQUIRED: TTM 2020, C/o Home
SENT: 11/30 RECEIVED: 12/15 (15 DAYS)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

Absolutely exquisite cards I wanted to get Larry to sign. Unfortunately the parallel gold version of the base card I originally sent was never returned. Still I was happy to get both of these set needs signed out of the Rookies & Stars set from 2009.