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Talented athlete played for UAB in 96 and 97 converting from quarterback to wide receiver.
In his only year at WR posted 38 receptions for 823 yards and 7 TDs.
Spent majority of rookie year on Cardinals practice squad.
Opted to hone his skills in NFLE with the Scottish Claymores in 1999, posting 11 catches for 181 yards and two TDs.
Allocated to NFLE in 2000 playing for the Rhein Fire.
Led league with 12 touchdown catches.
Returned stateside in 2000 and spent the year on the practice squad of the Bills and Broncos.
In 2001 was a territorial allocation of the XFL 2001 Birmingham Bolts.
Signed with Cowboys but did not make the squad.
Opted to sign with the CFL in 2002, playing for the Ottawa Renegades, but retired due to concussions.
NOTES: Drake estimates that he suffered from at least 10 concussions over his career in football, with three being knockouts. He now suffers daily from the debilitating side effects of those head injuries, and spends his time coaching football and also improving education and awareness of concussion safety.
Derrick Ham played DE for the University of Miami from 1995-1998.
Allocated by the Redskins to the NFLE in 2000, playing for the Rhein Fire.
Burst loose in the league recording 9 sacks, 14 tackles, 1 forced fumble and a pass block.
Played sparingly in the NFL over the next two years for the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.
Returned to the Fire in 2003 posting 17 tackles, 4.0 sacks, and a pass block.
All NFLE 2000
I had been picking up a few of these guys autographs for CFLFaninPhilly, but Derrick elected to keep one of his cards, so CFL told me to keep this one. I am honestly tempted to start collecting this subset.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.