A really well designed card here of Tyler Ervin. It’s almost- just almost over-designed but I still dig it. Anyway they hadn’t issued numbers yet for players so the double Ott zero goes to Tyler. It takes a bit of Photoshop magic to make these things happen so kudos to the designer who had their hand in this one. About the only thing I don’t like is the silver type of his name gets a little lost in the clouds per say- but otherwise its a gorgeous card.
The Texans were looking for speed in the 2016 NFL Draft- something they sorely missed as their team aged over the previous few seasons. Ervin was an intriguing prospect to them, so Houston plucked him out in the 4th round. During his time at San Jose State, Tyler established himself as a dangerous return man and a dependable back. On regular occasions he broke school single game and season combined yards from scrimmage records. Ervin finished his Senior year at the school with 1601 yards rushing, and 334 yards receiving.
The coaching staff in Houston has been patient with the development of Tyler. Injuries have ended both his 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons before they got off the ground. He in fact, was considered on the outside looking in, going towards the 2018 camp, but much to his credit he battled up and into the runningback picture, and returned kicks and punts throughout the season. He’d be cut midway through 2018, with the return of D’Onta Foreman evident.
He’d spent most of the rest of the season with the Baltimore Ravens on their practice squad, and was claimed off of waivers by the Jaguars before the 2019 season, where the team used him occasionally on kick and punt return duties. He was released near the end of the season and picked up by the Green Bay Packers.
Card: Topps AAF 2019, Topps AAF 2019 Certified Acquired: IP 2019, San Antonio Commanders v Arizona Hotshots. EBay 2019.
Jhurell was very high on my list for the game to try and get. His card is quite exciting looking and he was one of the league leaders in rushing. It helped that I had the seats in the visitors endzone, but he proved to be no problem- as soon as he saw his card of course. Jhurell removed his custom mouthpiece, which had gold vampire teeth in it and came over excitedly. It clued me in that for most of the Hotshots this was the first time they’d seen their cards.
Jhurell Pressley was not drafted coming out of New Mexico in 2016. Over his 4 years with the Lobos, he compiled 2,725 career yards on 394 carries (6.9 ypc) while scoring 35 TDs, and catching 18 passes (202 yards). His best year at NM came in 2014 when he compiled a whopping 1083 yards on 114 carries. – That’s right- 9.4 yards per carry!
He’d sign with the Minnesota Vikings and then see time on and off the rosters and practice squads of the Packers, Falcons, Jaguars, and Giants.
Jhurell joined the Arizona Hotshots in 2019 and led the league in rushing finishing with 430 yards on 96 carries, 1 TD and a 36 yard long scamper. He also caught 11 passes for 86 yards and 2 TDs including a 30 yard scamper.
After the league folded Jhurell was selected in the 3rd round of the XFL 2020 Draft by the Washington Defenders.
Quan Cosby was a bonus at the Boot City event in Bastrop. I always pack a couple of extra cards for whomever stops in and Quan had to come out to support Colt, Fozzy, and Jordan. The weekend before the XFL had announced that it was returning for 2020. I was pretty juiced about it and Quan and I talked about it for a few minutes. We agreed that it was important that the league actually put a team in Texas this time if they wanted to succeed, and they also needed to not be identified as a footnote in the ‘NFL’ section. Part of the problem is the NFL is so successful, no matter what happens in any other football league, the media just squeezes it in at the bottom of the NFL sports page. This is in part due to the fact that NFL has become synonymous with football.
A former baseball player in the minor leagues and a lover of the sport, Quan has added baseball to his announcing duties, along with sideline reporting at football games for the University of Texas.
Starting to run out of cards for Quan, but I guess that’s a good thing as he signs most things for fans. I liked the Upper Deck Icons card a lot. Its got a nice balance to it and the color is great. The Playoff Prestige? Meh. It’s okay, but the card seems a bit over designed.
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