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Proehl, Ricky

Card: Action Packed Rookies 1990
Acquired: 2020, Future Considerations
Failure: TTM, C/o Home 2011, 2018, 2019

I’m not really sure what’s up with Ricky Proehl. I’ve seen numerous successes for him, with some that even include the card pictured above, so after 3 failures over the years, where it looked like I was the last person out in the cold, a friend who I help out from time to time had this extra floating around that I could have. I would have liked to get Ricky on a card or two more, but after the 3rd or 4th failure- I routinely in the past look at other options, but for the time being I’ll stand pat with this one and will probably be a bit gun shy about trying him again. This card was a definite set need that I wanted to get out of the way for a while. I only got one when I broke a box years ago originally, so I’ve been out quite a few cards every time I wrote him.

Ricky Proehl gets no respect. He graduated from Wake Forest as virtually the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,949 yards), and TDs (25), as well as ranking in the top five in receptions and receiving average.  He was selected in the 3rd round of the 1990 draft by the Phoenix Cardinals.

His rookie season was a solid debut, when he caught 56 passes for 802 yards and 4 TDs. These numbers were the best by a Cardinals rookie and the first to lead the team since 1950. He then played the next 3 years with the franchise, and set career marks in 1993 (65 receptions, 877 yards, and 7 TDs). Following the 1994 season, Ricky was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, where he played through 1995. In 1996, he rejuvenated his career playing with the Bears for a season, hauling down 58 receptions, for 753 yards, and 7 TDs.

In 1998, Proehl signed with the St. Louis Rams and became a member of ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’. He is perhaps best known for this time of his career, as he was clutch for the team, as a situational starter or when they needed him most. Ricky won two Super Bowls with the Rams over the next 5 seasons recording 207 catches, for 2590 yards, and 16 TDs.

At the grand old age of 35, Ricky still had a few miles left. He joined the Carolina Panthers in 2003, playing the majority of his sunset years with the squad. Over 3 seasons, he posted 1237 yards and 8 TDs for Carolina before one final season in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts.

Ricky has been involved in coaching since retirement working with the Carolina Panthers from 2011- 2016. He also owns a sports park in North Carolina. His son, Austin followed in his footsteps and was most recently a WR for the Seattle Dragons of the XFL.

It should be noted that despite never posting a 1,000 yard season in his 17 season career, he finished with over 8,000 yards receiving in just 109 starts and recorded under 400 yards in only 5 seasons.

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Sherman, Richard

Cards: Panini Prestige 2015, Score 2017 Gold
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o The San Fransisco 49ers
Sent: 9/3 Received: 10/30 (57 days)

Richard Sherman when he arrived at Stanford was actually a WR. He in fact caught 81 passes for 1340 yards and 7 TDs over his Freshman and Sophomore campaigns in 2006 and 2007. He’d switch to CB during 2009 and start climbing the depth chart. Sherman posted 113 total tackles and 6 interceptions for 82 yards and a TD. Richard was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Richard again climbed the depth chart and started 10 games his rookie year. He was named to multiple rookie teams at the end of the season. Quickly establishing himself as one of the premier defensive backs in the league, he posted 8 interceptions and 24 pass deflections (league leader) in 2012- earning his first of three consecutive All-Pro Nominations, as a member of the Seahawks secondary, the feared ‘Legion of Boom’. 2013 saw him leading the NFL in interceptions with 8, as 2014 saw him earn his final nod as teams threw away from him with regularity and respect. Richard continued to see Pro Bowl nominations through the 2016 season.

As the Legion began breaking up, Richard saw free agency in 2018. It would come as a stunner to Seahawks fans as he joined the division rival San Fransisco 49ers. He returned to Pro Bowl form in 2019 as Sherman pulled down 3 interceptions for 65 yards and a TD, along with 31 pass deflections.

I wrote Richard sort of on a whim. I had this really nice Panini Contenders card, and I stumbled over the Score card as I was thinking about it. I took it as a sign and went for it, mailing to the 49ers facility. I was very lucky to see a response in a bit under 60 days.

Edwards, Braylon

Cards: Score 2009, Score 2009 Franchise, Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009 Gold Patch
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 6/15 Received: 7/10 (25 days)

Braylon was a phenom at Michigan playing WR for the Wolverines from 2001 to 2004. He’d cross over the 1,000 yard barrier in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He’d post 97 receptions for 1,330 yards and 15 TDs in his Senior campaign as he won the Bilitnikoff award as the nation’s best receiver. With great speed and hands, Edwards was considered a top flight blue chip prospect

Braylon was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 3rd overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. After a rough rookie debut thanks to a brief holdout and a staph infection, Braylon took about half the season to break into the starting lineup. He posted 512 yards on 32 catches, 3 TDs, including an 80 yard bomb. In 2006, Braylon’s production began to ramp up with 884 yards and 6 TDs. His most impressive season came in 2007 when he rolled up 80 catches for 1,289 yards and 16 TDs earning a Pro Bowl nod. After a very difficult 2008 season in which Braylon saw his production drop to 873 yards on 55 receptions, he’d be traded 5 games into the 2009 season to the New York Jets. Braylon’s 2010 season saw him barely miss the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career with 53 catches for 904 yards and 7 TDs.

He then spent the next 3 years bouncing around the league, playing for the 49ers, Seahawks and Jets before retiring. Braylon was an exciting talent in the league, and that was evidenced in his statistics. In six of his 10 seasons, he had long catches of 65 or greater.

I had gotten the Donruss Rookies & Stars 2009 Gold patch and these Score cards of Braylon way back in 2012 or 2013 during Christmastime. I loved the Donruss card but was ultimately disappointed that I did not pull an autograph from the hobby box. I thought there was no chance I’d ever get it signed. So I was very surprised to see Braylon Edwards signing through the mail in 2020, but I was sorta slow footed getting these cards out the door. After a few nail biting weeks, he signed all three of these beautiful cards.

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