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Evans, Lee

Score 2010, #33

Cards: Panini Rookies & Stars 2010, Score 2010
Acquired: 2020, Paid Signing

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • A first team All-Big 10 selection in 2001 and 2003 for Wisconsin at WR, had 75 receptions for 1545 yards (20.6 YPR) in 2001.

  • An injury sidelined all of 2002, but reemerged in 2003 and scored 13 TDs on 64 receptions (1213 yards).

  • A first round selection of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 who had 9 TDs his rookie year (club record for rookies).

  • With the departure of Eric Moulds, became the #1 receiver on the Bills roster in 2006, posting a career high 1292 yards on 82 receptions.

  • Injuries derailed later in career in Buffalo.

  • Finished career in Buffalo with 381 receptions for 6008 yards and 43 TDs.

  • Traded to Baltimore in 2011 for a 4th round pick, and later retired after being released by the Jaguars in 2012.
Panini Rookies & Stars 2010, #15

NOTES: Evans came to my attention when he burnt the Houston Texans secondary for two 83 yard touchdowns, and over 200 yards in a contest during 2006. Lee is not a TTM signer and has some beautiful cards, so I had to do a paid signing. I was a big fan of these two sets, so I didn’t hesitate to send them at a very affordable value.

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Weddle, Eric

Cards: Score 2009, Score 2010
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 6/16 Received: 7/30 (44 days)

Eric Weddle played 13 seasons in the NFL and quietly earned All-Pro Honors 5 times over his career playing free safety. A well conditioned ironman and gym rat from his time playing for the Utah Utes, Eric saw time as a defensive back, runningback, and punt returner over his time at the college.

“He should win the Heisman- I sincerely mean that”

– Wyoming coach Joe Glenn

Weddle finished with 143 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 18 interceptions for 148 yards, and 3 TDs. He also posted 52 rushes for 232 yards and 6 TDs, along with 52 punt returns for 408 yards. Eric was selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, (after they traded a couple of picks to Chicago to move up and grab him). Over 9 seasons with the Chargers, Eric posted 851 total tackles, 19 interceptions for 290 yards and 3 TDs, 70 pass deflections, and 5 forced fumbles. His best season as a pro came in 2011, when he posted 7 interceptions for 89 yards, 11 pass deflections and 88 combined tackles. His 7 picks led the NFL.

In 2016, Weddle joined the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent. He regained his Pro Bowl form and earned trips for the next two consecutive seasons after that, while adding another 10 interceptions, 220 tackles and 24 pass deflections to his resume. He retired after the 2019 season in which he spent playing for his hometown Los Angeles Rams, where he recorded 108 tackles. Weddle is a member of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team- a decade in which he earned Pro Bowl honors for 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016-2018, and first or second team AP for his efforts in 2010-2014.

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Bly, Dré

Card: Score 2010
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: Received: 11/30 (days)

Dré Bly was a second round pick of the then St. Louis Rams in 1999 out of North Carolina. A speedy cornerback, Dré finished his Freshman season at the school in 1996 with an unheard of 11 interceptions, and then later set the conference record for career interceptions with 20. He spent the next 4 seasons with the team, appearing in 2 Superbowls. Bly had his best season arguably in 2001 when he recorded 29 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 9 pass deflections, and 6 interceptions for 150 yards and 2 TDs (including a 93 yarder).

In 2003, Dré signed with the Detroit Lions, anchoring down their secondary for the next 4 seasons. He immediately paid dividends for the Lions, posting 6 more interceptions for 89 yards and a TD, along with 15 pass deflections, 5 forced fumbles, and 55 total tackles. Later in 2005, Bly again picked off 6 passes, forced 3 fumbles, and recorded 15 pass deflections.

Bly was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2007 for a 5th round pick and two players. True to form, Dré again led his newfound team in interceptions, adding another 5 to his career numbers. He’d be released in early 2009, and join the 49ers a few months later. After a season in SF, when Bly posted 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles, he returned home to the Lions in 2010 where he retired.

Dré apparently had been wanting to go into coaching. He was offered his first professional gig by the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football in 2019, but apparently seeing the tea leaves early on or seizing an opportunity to return home, opted to coach defensive backs at his alma mater North Carolina.

It won’t surprise me if eventually Dré gets his due and is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his gaudy numbers. While his skills did translate to the pro level, with some impressive numbers for a corner (20 forced fumbles, 149 pass deflections), people still look at the overrated interception number to determine HOF eligibility IMHO- and with a backlog at the position of players who haven’t even been considered that have 50 interceptions, I doubt Bly will truly get his fair due.

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