Cards: Upper Deck Houston Texans Inaugural Season 2002, Topps 2005
Acquired: 2016, Texans Academy Tailgating Kickoff
As I slowly make my way through the team set, I had targeted Kailee Wong when I had heard he was a member of the Texans’ Ambassador Program. It’s usually a shot in the dark showing up at the events so even though I had gotten teammate Seth Payne sometime ago, it was still worth it to go to Katy to nab Kailee on these cards. Like most former Texans, Wong was impressed with his Houston Texans Upper Deck card. While signing he asked how many I had in my collection- a first in all my in person collecting. He was very impressed that I had 2,500 in the collection. Wong recently left the company he was working for and told me life was treating him well.
Kailee was originally a 2nd round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1999 from Stanford. He tallied 271 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 5 interceptions for 55 yards and a TD. Most of his stats came in his final two seasons with the Vikings, when he was slotted at middle linebacker.
I think that Kailee was the first defensive player that the Texans signed as a free agent back in 2002. He’d be part of a 3-4 defense alignment that’d showcase himself, Jaime Sharper, Jay Foreman, and Jeff Posey
at linebacker. While with the Texans, Wong put up a respectable stat line at primarily left outside linebacker. Over his career there he tallied 164 tackles and 15 sacks. He was the career leader in sacks for the franchise at the time of his retirement. Highly effective in pass coverage, Wong blanketed defenders to the tune of 25 combined pass deflections in 2003 and 2004.
In the end injuries and age caught up to Wong in 2007. While the flame continued to burn bright for Wong, the Texans wanted to get younger and asked Kailee to accept a backup role and mentor the linebacker corps. He asked for and was granted his release instead.
G/Gs 123/93 TAC 376 SAC 21.5 FUM 2
INT 6 YDS 55 AVG 9.0 TD 1 LG 27t
Card: Sage 2006, Score 2009 Inscriptions Gold
Acquired: 2016, EBay
See Also: Slaton, Steve
Among the pantheon of Houston Texans runningbacks, I liked Steve Slaton only second to Domanick Davis. The dimunitive Slaton much like Davis also met his end in Houston due in part to injury. After having his neck fused and then a shoulder injury the following season, Slaton always seemed a bit more hesitant when hitting the hole. He was also limited to 3rd down back and kick return duties, after the emergence of Arian Foster. The Texans facing tough decisions, released the former RotY 3 games into the 2011 season. Slaton caught on immediately with the Miami Dolphins and finished the season with the team. Steve had tryouts with other teams, and eventually ended up heading North to the CFL in 2014.
Steve signed with the Toronto Argonauts and had a decent season for the Argos logging 94 carries for 510 yards and a TD. In addition Slaton had 46 receptions for 388 yards and 4 TDs. He’d retire after the season.
At last glance in 2016, Steve is training to be a culinary chef in Houston.
NFL 45/26 Rush 442 Yds 1896 Avg 4.3 Td 12 Lg 71t
Rec 100 Yds 8058 Avg 8.1 Td 5 Lg 46 |
Kr 42 Yds 852 Avg 20.3 Td 0 Lg 50
CFL Rush 94 Yds 510 Avg 5.4 TD 1 |
Rec 46 Yds 388 Avg 8.4 TD 4
Card: Sage Hit 2011 (203/250)
Acquired: 2016, EBay
Jeff Maehl was a standout receiver in Chip Kelly’s explosive offense while at Oregon. The former Duck scored 23 TDs on 178 receptions over his college career, averaging roughly 13 yards a catch. While Jeff was a standout at the combine on cone and shuffle drills, he clocked a pedestrian 4.62 40. Jeff went undrafted in the NFL, but was offered a contract with the UFL Virginia Destroyers. He opted to wait until the 2011 strike was over, and found a home with the Houston Texans as a member of the team’s practice squad where he’d remain on and off for the next season.
In 2013, Jeff was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, reuniting him with former college head coach Chip Kelly. He saw limited time on the field recording 9 catches for 67 yards and a TD, as a pet project of the coaching staff who liked him over Riley Cooper. Maehl also saw time on special teams. Late in the season, Jeff sustained a concussion, which delayed his return to the field. He’d have another 5 catches in 2014, while he bode his time in the Eagles receiving corps. Oddly, in 2015 Jeff was cut with an undisclosed injury settlement.
G/GS 27/0 REC 9 YDS 113 AVG 12.6 TD 1 LG 37