Long returned in time for the 2015 season, but was released in a cost saving move by the Rams.
He signed a one year contract with the Falcons.
In 2016, Jake briefly flirted with Baltimore, but ended up in Minnesota.
He’d tear his Achilles in week 10 ending his season.
Long retired during the 2017 offseason.
I had been meaning to get back to Jake for a while after getting a freebee back in 2014. I think I’d been kicking the tires on him for 3 to 4 years, so it makes sense he’s the first calendar success of 2023.
These Upper Deck cards- meh- they’re okay, but they were better than the junk that was designed for the ’08 season. The Score ’09 was definitely a set need, while the Topps 2014 was the slow evolution of the product from I think 2011. The design started resembling more of a fender, but eh I’m sorta okay with that. I thought it’d be nice to get one of him in his Rams attire- even if it is St. Louis.
Greg Camarillo walked on at Stanford as a punter in 2001, but eventually was able to settle in at WR.
Caught 18 passes in both his Junior and Senior campaigns.
Finished his college career with 45 catches for 599 yards.
Was not selected in the 2005 NFL draft, but picked up as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers.
He’d make the team as a practice squad member and was cut in 2007.
Signed off of waivers by the Miami Dolphins.
Didn’t really see much playing time until late in the 2007 season.
Blew up on the Baltimore Ravens catching 3 passes for 103 yards and a 64 yard TD, helping the Dolphins secure their only win of the season.
The 64 yard play would be the longest of the year for the hapless Dolphins.
In 2008, saw increased playtime, including an 11 catch 111 yard performance in a win over the Denver Broncos.
Joined the Vikings in 2010 playing for Minnesota through 2011.
Finished career in 2012 with the New Orleans Saints.
I loved these action shots of Greg, and being that they were also some set needs it made sense to get his autograph on them. He’s got a pretty solid autograph. I love the loops in the G and C. Greg is both Mexican American and of Jewish heritage.
After redshirt season, ran for 4,679 yards over next 3 years.
Senior year ran for a school record 2,567 yards and 29 TDs, along with 242 yards on 24 catches.
His 450 carries in his Senior year shattered the previous single season college mark held by Marcus Allen, and his 2,567 yards rushing were third all-time.
Selected at the top of the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Had solid debut rookie season with Detroit rushing for 976 yards and 8 rushing TDs in 12 starts- 1,200 yards from scrimmage.
Ran for 747 yards on 217 carries in 2009, logging a career high 41 receptions for 415 yards in 2009.
Tore ACL near end of season, after 13 starts.
Injury sidelined Smith through early 2010, but the Lions had already moved on to Jahvid Best.
Lions allowed Smith to test free agency in 2011, but when Best was sidelined with second concussion of season, they resigned Kevin.
Smith returned to form with a 140 yard, 2 TD effort, in comeback victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Suffered ankle injury the following week and was not retained at end of season.
Joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL in 2014, but was released after a few days.
Has climbed the college coaching ranks ever since, starting at his Alma Mater UCF in 2015.
Then it was Florida Atlantic in 2018, and Ole Miss, where I got his autograph in 2020.
As of 2023 Kevin is the RB coach at the University of Miami, FL.
Kevin has a lot of great cards, and hit all my favorite sets from this period. His Score and Donruss cards really hit the mark for me. Kevin’s one of those players where if he didn’t see all that wear and tear on his body I think he would’ve gone on to have a fabulous NFL career- but such is the pro life.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.