Card: Sage 2009
Acquired: 2017, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
Martell Mallet has led a very interesting football career. Admittedly there really wasn’t much to go on for scouts when it came to Martell. He played at Arkansas Pine Bluff and only saw action in 2007 and 2008. His body of experience was limited, With a bit over 170 touches and a little over 1000 yards to his resume, it is easy to see why the big back went undrafted in 2009.
Mallet still wanted to play, so he signed with the CFL joining the British Columbia Lions that year. He’d have a pretty sensational rookie year finishing with over 1400 yards rushing, setting the single game franchise rushing record (213 yards), and earning the CFL equivalent of Rookie of the Year. After the season he’d join the Eagles in early 2010 and spent much of the early portion of the year on and off the squad. After a brief stay on the Browns practice squad during that year and a return to the Eagles in 2011, Mallett again was on the move to the New York Giants. An injury prevented him from suiting up, and he was given an injury settlement.
Martell decided to try his hand again with the CFL signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2012. He got injured in camp and was on IR the entire year. During 2013 he’d be released and then in 2014 Martell signed with the Calgary Stampeders. At this point, Martell had gone roughly 4 years without playing in a game. He came in for the Stamps in a pinch and ran for 163 yards on 27 carries. His efforts helped the Stamps win the Grey Cup. After the season, he retired from football.
CFL 37 RUSH 241 YDS 1403 AVG 5.8 TD 6 LG 57
REC 50 YDS 414 AVG 8.3 TD 2 LG 26
Card: Wild Card 1991
It’s a small world. My family had been harassing me about getting a new insurance agent for a while, so I decided to take my father-in-law’s advice and check out his insurance agent at State Farm. It turned out that it was none other than Blake Miller, former offensive lineman. He came up to work to pitch me on life insurance and other amenities that State Farm offered and we ended up talking about football and the upcoming Super Bowl. He was cheering on the Patriots because he was a former member of the team. We then talked about the good old days of football. I told him that I was a football enthusiast and autograph card collector and he dropped this bad boy out to me in the mail. (He was really amazed at the depth of knowledge I had for many of his former teammates from that era- especially the early 1990s Patriots.)
Blake Miller played for LSU in college. He was a two year starter and letterman for the Tigers at center. A 7th round pick of the New England Patriots in 1991, he started a career high 5 games for the Detroit Lions in 1992 (played in 12), before finishing his career with the New York Giants in 1993. Post NFL, and pre-insurance, Blake climbed the coaching ranks. A seasoned positional coach, he saw fruitful stints at Rice, Texas State, and Northwestern State.
Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Break
Marshaun Coprich is an interesting prospect whose behavior off the field marred a solid college football career. A productive player for ISU, Marshaun had gaudy numbers for the Redbirds, running for over 5,200 yards in his four years for the university. Unfortunately he got busted for selling marijuana, and although he was a first time offender, prospective NFL teams look down badly enough on users. While he is small (5’8″), he clocks in at a solid 207.
Coprich was considered by teams who were looking for him to make things happen in space, to be a change of pace back on 3rd downs, or be relied upon to create mismatches splitting outside. There have been some comparisons to guys like Darren Sproles, but scouts are a bit more conservative, saying Marshaun is more like Jacquizz Rodgers. Going undrafted, the Indianapolis Colts took a very long and hard look at him during private workouts in the offseason, but he ended up signing with the Giants. He did not make the team and later was signed to the BC Lions practice squad.