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Walter, Kevin (2)

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Cards: Score 2010, Upper Deck 2009, Pacific 2009, Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009
Acquired:  TTM 2014, C/o Home
Sent:     Received:
Failure:  2012, C/o The Houston Texans
See Also: Kevin Walter

The previous one I had signed before, bubbled because of the finish on the card.  After my initial luck back in 2009/2010, I tried to go back to the well again to get Walter on some more cards. He’d be cut after the 2012 season, thus ending any chance on getting his autograph on anything else.

He posted two respectable seasons in 2011 (39 receptions for 474 yards and 3 TDs) and 2012 (41 receptions for 518 yards and 2 TDs) for the Texans.  The receiver needy Tennessee Titans signed Kevin that following season, but he didn’t take a snap due to injury. Kevin would retire after the 2013 season.  He was later named to the Houston Texans’ 10th Anniversary team.

I contacted Kevin at his home address in Texas where he signed these cards for me with his amazing signature. (The postmark on the return was from New York.) He also responded by wishing me and my family well, as well.

G/GS  152/93     REC 356     YDS 4379    AVG 12.3     TD 25   LG 61T

Graham, Garrett

sco10 ggrahamCard: Score 2010
Acquired: In Person 12/15/2015, Whataburger Community Player of the Year

Garrett Graham is another member of the Wisconsin connection to the Houston Texans. Oddly 3 members of the Texans at one point played TE at Wisconsin for the Badgers- Graham, Owen Daniels, and DE JJ Watt within the last 10 seasons.

With Owen Daniels injuries creeping up on him, the Texans decided to draft Graham in the 4th round of the 2010 draft. As a Senior, Garrett had a career high 51 receptions for 624 yards and 7 TDs for the Badgers- leading the team in touchdown catches, and ranking second in both receiving yards and catches.

The Texans love their tight ends, and with Daniels and Joel Dreesen in the fold, Garrett had his work cut out for him to climb into the lineup. He didn’t see significant playing time until 2012, when he became the 2nd string TE behind Daniels, after Dreesen signed with the Broncos. Daniels during the regular season went down with an injury so Garrett got his chance to start. He finished 2012 with 28 receptions for 263 yards and 3 TDs.  Daniels signed with the Ravens in 2013 clearing the way for Graham as starter. Garrett responded with a solid outing in 2013,  posting career highs with 49 receptions for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The Texans in the meantime fired longtime head coach Gary Kubiak, who ran a very heavy tight end oriented offense.  Multiple offense coach Bill O’Brien was brought in to run the show. Graham’s numbers slid to 18 receptions for 197 yards and a TD in 2014.  He made 4 catches in 8 games in 2015, but was passed on the depth chart by Ryan Griffin upon his return from injury.

Graham was the last player on the table at the Whataburger Community Player of the Year event. While his attitude appeared laconic, he quickly warmed up when I came to the table. I told him that he had some really, really ugly cards, and the ones of him in his scouting combine duds were among the worst. He and I caught a good laugh about it before I wrapped up my haul.

On March 3rd, 2016 the Houston Texans cut Garrett Graham.

Hughes Jr., Jerry

sco10 hughesCards: Score 2010
Acquired: IP, Aaron Williams Lone Star Showcase 2015

So I went to the local card shop to find a card of Jerry Hughes Jr off of his short card list, only to have been beaten there by a friend who was also going to the event. Kindly enough he offered me this Score 2010- a set that is thoroughly unappreciated, and a nice transition from the well designed Score 2009.  Hughes was approachable enough, and signed every card that was placed in front of him with a huge smile. We talked briefly about the Bills, and I told him that Rex Ryan has me the most excited about the franchise since the 90s. We then confirmed the mantra that, “You gotta believe,” with big Kool-Aid sharing smiles.

Hughes has always been battling uphill for respect, despite his natural athleticism and production. Jerry was shifted to defensive end when he arrived at TCU in 2006.  It’d be  in 2008 when Jerry settled in, with 52 TT, 19.5 TFL, 15 Sacks, and 2 interceptions- one of which he returned for a TD. He returned to TCU for his Senior season and again had a banner year with 58 TT, 16.5 TFL, and 11.5 sacks.  The Colts made Jerry the first Horned Frog to be Drafted in the first round since LT, with the 31st overall pick in 2010.

Jerry didn’t play that much for the Colts over his first three seasons. The Colts liked to use their defensive ends as tweeners, and had him set up at OLB. In 2013, he was traded to the Buffalo Bills. With that chapter closed of his career, Hughes had 5 sacks and 31 tackles in 3 seasons with the Colts.

Given the opportunity to play with the Bills was just what Jerry needed. The change of atmosphere allowed him to blossom into a solid pass rusher alongside Mario Williams. In 2013, Jerry had 10 sacks, 32 tackles, and 2 forced fumbles, playing in all 16 games.  Allowed to start all 16 games, Jerry had 36 tackles, 10 sacks, and a pick for 18 yards that he returned for a TD against the Cleveland Browns, in 2014.