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Williams, “Super” Mario (2)

Card: Score 2010
Acquired: In Person 12/6/2011, Whataburger Community Player of the Month
See Also: Williams, “Super” Mario

I visited Houston again earlier this month. With multiple appearances and big names on the same day, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet Williams, and JJ Watt at the same location. Whataburger was again hosting the Community Player of the Month event, and after getting lost on Highway 6 N as opposed to Highway 6 S, I was able to find the correct location. Arriving a bit before 2pm, I saddled up to a group around front and talked to them. As I did the community relations team of the Texans came out and strapped wristbands on us. I was #14, but there was probably close to 100 people there. When the event began, they quickly ran out of wristbands and then gave the next 15 stand by cards, and turned the excess out above that away. There was greater than 250 people there for autographs, and while Mario was accommodating, his introverted and shy nature especially when dealing with the giant crowd came off as dismissive.  When he signed my card I asked him what his tattoo was on his hand, to which he bashfully replied that it was a football.

With the Texans drafting of JJ Watt, Mario Williams immediately became the largest outside linebacker in the league. Combining a devastating upfield bull rush with a 2 point stance, Mario was off to a fast start in 2011, much to the dismay of pundits and the media who hoped for his failure.  While he was learning the job on the fly, Mario made 5 sacks, 11 tackles, 1 forced fumble and a pass defensed before tearing his pectoral muscle, ending his season after only 5 games. Going into a contract year for 2012, it is thought that the Texans may franchise Williams at OLB, effectively dropping his salary from its high perch among defensive ends, or allow him to test the free agent waters with the emergence of young LB Brooks Reed.

UPDATE: 8/27/12 As theorized the Texans did indeed allow Williams to test the free agent waters where he signed with the Buffalo Bills and a $100 million dollar contract.

Schaub, Matt (2)

Cards:  Score 2010
Acquired: In Person 10/11/2011, Whataburger Texans Community Player of the Month
See Also: http://n8d.flywheelsites.com/2011/schaub-matt/

Well moving back to Texas has some benefits, placing me within decent striking distance of both the Cowboys and Texans marketing departments. As a fan of the Texans I was aware of the team’s Community Player of the Month efforts sponsored through Whataburger. At about 4 hours drive and 200 miles flat, I thought it was worth the time to get Schaub on a card or two. It was of great hassle to get there as my GPS hadn’t had an update since 2007, so after I missed my turn, -under its direction I ended up off-roading in a Mazda Miata. Amazingly I did not get stuck in the mud however it was a hairy experience that I do not wish to duplicate. After about an 2 and a half hour wait in the Whataburger parking lot, I got both Joel Dreessen and Matt Schaub’s autograph.

 

Matt has taken a lot of flak in the media, both from fanboys and armchair quarterbacks. As a traditional drop-back passer, Schaub is not a scrambler by nature and some people claim that he’s not an elite quarterback, but the thing is, you go out of Texas and the impression is much better. He has 10 comeback victories to his resume in his career and while people say that he’s only good because of Andre Johnson, I’d say that charge is unfair because he performed well enough for the Texans to grab him from the Falcons in the first place. Also other teams have those sort of connections but those charges are never leveled against guys like Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, or Tony Romo for that matter. As 2011 continues, the pressure from a frustrated city and fan base continues to mount on Matt. Hopefully he will be able to deliver a playoff berth and at least a division title for the long suffering city of Houston.