Card: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2017, Hobby Box Breaker
Tyler Lockett was selected in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks out of Kansas State. Over his 4 years playing for the Wildcats, Tyler’s numbers improved every year. Of note in 2013 Tyler had 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs. Then in 2014 he posted 106 receptions for 1515 yards and 11 TDs. A feared return man, Lockett finished career at K-State with 77 kick returns for 2196 yards, and 4 TDs, to go along with 32 punt returns for 488 yards and 2 TDs.
Tyler earned All-Pro honors his rookie season in which he had 40 punt returns for 379 yards and a 66 yard TD. Lockett also recorded 33 kick returns for 852 yards and a 105 yard TD. He a solid showing as a receiver as well with 51 receptions for 664 yards and 6 TDs.
In 2016, Lockett posted strong numbers again, this time with 23 kickoff returns for 606 yards, 29 punt returns for 243 yards, and 41 receptions for 597 yards and a 57 yard TD. A dangerous deep threat, Tyler posted 18 20+ yard receptions and 5 40+ yard receptions in 92 catches. 53 of those resulted in a first down.
His 2017 was impressive enough to earn him a new contract. He totaled 45 receptions for 555 yards, a 74 yard long, added another 23 first downs, and 2 touchdowns. Lockett also had another solid year returning punts (36 returns, 237 yards) and kickoffs (37 returns for 949 yards) recording a 99 yard touchdown.
Card: Score 2009 Inscriptions, Photo Memorabilia
Acquired:In Person, 10/26/14 GMC Monday Night Football Tour
See Also: Chester Pitts, Chester Pitts (2)
Chester Pitts for being such a mainstay and popular player on the original Texans had very few cards made of him. He was an added bonus to the GMC NFL event that was being held in Katy that day, and since they had stuff that he could sign, I had no problem picking up a freebee. Afterwards he was willing to pose for a photo with me. It was not a well advertised or supported event as there were not that many fans there at all. I went ahead and got his autograph on the additional Score 2009 Signatures card- which as a card baffled me because I would have thought that if it said ‘signatures’ on it- it should already have a certified autograph on it, but I digress.
After retiring from football Chester has remained busy as an ambassador, and frequent Texans commentator. He also was on 23rd The Amazing Race with former teammate and friend Ephraim Salaam. While they did not fare well and were eliminated early on, they provided fans of the show plenty of laughs. He’s also become a financial advisor, has his own charitable foundation and in 2016, he was named an ‘Honor Warrior’ by his Alma Mater.
Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Gunderson Acquisition
So when Nathan and I were dealing autographs in the parking lot at my work, I made the shrewd acquisition of Tre Madden. I mean- it probably won’t payoff, but I was already aware of his deep NFL and athletic bloodlines, so picking him up appealed to me.
After initially starting his football career at USC as a linebacker, the Trojans decided it’d be best if Tre moved to runningback in 2012. Injuries completely railroaded his year at USC, so he doubled down for 2013. He put together a respectable year, contributing 703 yards rushing on 138 carries, and 201 yards and 4 TDs on 15 receptions. After injury struck again in 2014, Madden returned for 2015 and had 85 carries for 452 yards and 5 TDs. He also caught 17 passes for 133 yards and a TD.
Tre went undrafted in 2016- flagged due to his injury riddled history. He later signed with the Seattle Seahawks and got a lot of work at fullback for the franchise. An injury ended his 2016 before it began. After clearing waivers, the Seahawks placed Madden on injured reserve to get a better look at him for 2017.