Card: Topps Finest 2011 (696/1000)
Acquired: BB 2018, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
One of the finest receivers to grace Boise State, Austin Pettis essentially owned the Broncos’ career receiving charts finishing with 229 receptions (1st), for 2,838 yards (2nd), and 39 touchdown receptions (1st). Well decorated, he earned Second Team All-WAC in 2008, and First Team All-WAC in 2009 and 2010. Austin had a decent combine, and led receivers in the shuttle drill, parlaying his performance into a 3rd round pick of the then St. Louis Rams in 2011.
He finished his rookie season suspended for PEDs, but managed to haul in 27 receptions for 256 yards. Pettis also saw spot duty on special teams as a punt and kick returner. Austin caught his first professional TD the following season in 2012 against the Packers, and finished the year with 30 receptions for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns. He built on his numbers again in 2013, with a career high 38 receptions for 399 yards and 4 TDs. In 5 games during 2014, Austin logged 12 receptions for 118 yards and a TD, but was cut in October.
Austin signed with the then San Diego Chargers for 2015. While he did have a solid camp, he was among the final cuts to the 53 man roster. Austin has gone into coaching since football and as of 2018 is a personal trainer/ wide receiver coach for OCPremium in California.
This is a nice patch card from Topps. It showcases 3 important elements very well: the autograph, the player portrait, and the patch. The design, while a bit busy with the dots, is unified in theory by its association and lack of color.
G/GP 47 REC 107 YDS 1034 AVG 9.7 TD 9 LG 36
KR 4 YDS 75 AVG 18.8 TD 0 LG 24
PR 29 YDS 254 AVG 8.8 TD 0 LG 39
Card: Sage 2016 (173/250)
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Mike Bercovici picked up for Brock Osweiler at QB for the Arizona State Sun Devils. The backup finally started seeing action in 8 games during 2014, throwing for 1,445 yards, with 12 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. In his Senior year, Mike started 13 games en route to a banner year throwing for 3,854 yards (318 completions on 531 attempts), 30 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. While Mike displayed a zip on the ball that surprised many scouts, they picked apart his decision making and deep ball accuracy. Still many scouts were intrigued by his arm strength and competitiveness.
Mike went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft. He’d become a focus of the NFL Network show Undrafted during his free agent quest to find a team. While he’d latch on to the Chargers through camp, he’d be released during final cutdowns in both 2016 and 2017. Mike joined the Cardinals practice squad during 2017 but after a month on the squad he was released. Currently he is a free agent.
I liked these Sage issues from 2016 though the type of the gold versions of the cards would get lost in the grass texture. Mike has a pretty nice looking autograph too. The M has just the right amount of point to it, while the B has a strong loop to it.
Card: 2007 Donruss Classics (945/999)
Acquired: 2016, Kenny’s Grab Bag
Rhema McKnight ranks among the top receivers in Notre Dame history playing there from 2002-2006. A rare 5th year Senior, McKnight posted almost identical lines in 2003 (47 receptions, 600 yards, 3 TDs) and 2004 (42 receptions for 610 yards, 3 TDs), before a devastating knee injury wrecked his 2005 campaign. Rhema returned in 2006 and posted his best year ever, with 67 catches for 907 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 170 career receptions and 22 TD career catches ranked second in school history at the time of his graduation. Rhema was not selected in the 2006 NFL Draft. He signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints and then later was briefly on the roster of the San Diego Chargers.
As of 2015, McKnight remains busy working for a construction company in California, and runs the Rhema McKnight Football Camp.
I pulled this autograph from a grab bag at Kenny’s Card Shop- a local quiet, card filled institution of collectible and sports memorabilia. Not a big fan of this card design. I feel as though it is cluttered with over elaborate design, all to justify the ‘classic’ label, with the gold foil type getting lost in the maroon ribbon.