Cards: Sage 2014, Sage 2014 Next Level, Topps 2014
Acquired: In Person, 1/8/16 Bud Light/ BAM Sports Tour
Mike Davis played at UT where he piled up the numbers despite issues at quarterback for the Longhorns in the twilight years of the Brown era. He finished with 200 catches, 2,753 yards and 18 TDs to rank fourth, fifth and fourth on the career charts for the Longhorns. He is one of 5 receivers (Jordan Shipley, Roy Williams, Jaxon Shipley, and Quan Cosby) in school history to record 200 or more catches and his 10 100-yard receiving games rank second in school history. Mike Davis did well enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Projected to go in the 7th round of the NFL Draft, I had hoped that the Texans would select him in the 2014 draft, however he would not be selected. Davis signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders after the draft but he’d be released in August. Mike signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2015, and later had a tryout with the Panthers and Chiefs. In 2016 he was selected by ‘Team Texas’ of the fledgling MLFB.
I was able to get his autograph on these three cards, thanks in part again to my friend Shawn. He gave me the Topps and one of the Sage cards to get signed. The bronze colored sharpie is quickly becoming my favorite as it rescues a fairly pedestrian looking autograph. Mike was nice to all the fans who attended the event in the cramped corner of the convenience store. After a rough start with BAM a few years ago, I’ve been impressed with the handling of events by the promoter and his staff.
Card: Sage 2014
Acquired: 2015, Box Breaker
Henry Josey is chasing the dream and you have to admire a man like that. After running for 263 yards in one game as a Sophmore for Missou, catching 175 passes, and running for over a thousand yards twice in his career, you’d think a guy’s name with 4.4 speed would be etched on a map somewhere for a professional team, but things didn’t work out that way for Josey.
Going undrafted he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. While he had a great preseason rushing for the Eagles, averaging 6.6 yards per carry on 225 yards, he was part of the final painful round of cuts. From there, the Barry Sanders sized running back has been on rosters of the Colts, Jaguars, and the Vikings -just in 2014.
After being cut by the Vikings in 2015, Henry signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He rushed for 30 yards, and had 4 receptions in his debut season for the Argos.
Card: Sage Authentic 2014 (#24/30)
Acquired: 2014, Twitter Promotion
Anthony Harris piled up some serious numbers while playing free safety for the University of Virginia. In 2013 he had 80 total tackles, 6 passes defensed, and led the nation with 8 interceptions. Harris started 35 games for the Cavaliers, recorded 145 tackles, 2 sacks, 19 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. Suprisingly, he went undrafted in the 2015 NFL draft Later he signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
The second card given to me as part of winning a Sage Twitter Promotion, this Authentic Autograph card is actually a pretty nice piece. It was an afterthought in getting an authentic Todd Gurley, but he’s starting to make noise in Minnesota. He made the Practice Squad and in December was elevated to the 53 man roster. Harris started the final 2 games of the season, and recorded 14 combined tackles, and 2 passes defensed on the season.