Card: Action Packed Rookies 1992
Acquired: 2017, Trade
See Also: Eugene Chung
Eugene since his playing days has slowly edged into coaching throughout the pro tree working with current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, and also respectable offensive line coaches Juan Castillo and Howard Mudd . From 2010-2012 his title with the Eagles was Assistant Offensive Line Coach. He served in the same capacity with the Chiefs from 2013-2015. Afterwards Chung rejoined the Eagles under Pederson and now serves as the Assistant Offensive Line Coach/ Tight Ends/ Run Game Coach.
I had considered sending out this card to Eugene for sometime as I needed it for the set, but something else always came up. D-Rock, a respectable collector from Sportscollectors.net remembered that I was an Action Packed fan from years ago, and out of the blue offered to send me one for free. He said that the person who originally got the autograph was going to throw it out because there was a slight smear. (That’s just terrible.) We both agreed that it’d be something that we’d add to our collections regardless. It just so happened that he also wanted one of the Hart Lee Dykes autographs I got. The cards that were returned to me were not mine and I wasn’t particularly attached to the Upper Deck 1991 (it’s a terrible photo) so I offered to send it in exchange for Eugene’s autograph. It meant a lot to me that he remembered me and I was glad to trade him this card he needed for his set as well.
Card: Topps Strata 2014
Acquired: 2017, Walmart Box Breaker
Stephen Morris played college ball at Miami (FL). Over his college career from 2010-2013 he posted 7896 yards and 49 TDs to 30 interceptions. He was not selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, but signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. For pretty much the entirety of his career he’s been relegated to the practice squad or 3rd string quarterback and while his body of preseason work has improved over the year, he has never attempted an NFL pass.
After a little over a season in Jacksonville Morris was waived in 2015. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was added to their practice squad. The Colts claimed him right before Christmas and added Stephen to their active roster. With Andrew Luck ailing Morris stood a decent chance of making the team- and while he had a more impressive preseason than fellow QB Scott Tolzien, Morris was inexplicably cut before the season began.
After a year away from the NFL, Morris was signed and cut by no less than 3 teams during the 2017 off-season including the Redskins and Seahawks. On the same day as this posting, Morris was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Texans.
Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Briean Boddy-Calhoun was a member of a very stout Minnesota Gopher defensive secondary. He and Eric Murray provided one of the most solid CB combos in the nation. BC has a pretty good resume of work with 104 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 15 pass deflections, 10 interceptions for 169 yards and a TD. Scouts liked some of his muscle memory traits with his fluid hips and solid jumping skills. They feel he will most be at home in zone or off coverage, primarily as a slot defender.
A few of the draft boards I checked out had Boddy-Calhoun going to the Texans in the 5th or 6th round, but he ended up slipping off the 2016 draft boards all together. He eventually signed a free agent contract with division rival Jacksonville, but was cut before the season. The Browns eventually claimed him off waivers from the Jaguars. In his debut against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, Briean intercepted his first pass, which he returned 27 yards for a TD. For the record, Calhoun appeared in 14 games, with 7 starts, recorded 43 tackles, a sack, 11 passes defended, and three interceptions in his rookie season. He followed his league debut in 2017 with another 13 games played (7 starts), and recorded 27 tackles, 9 assists, to go along with 6 passes defended.