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Johnson, Derrick

Card: Sage Hit 2005
Acquired: 2012, Sports Cards Traders of Austin

I was wandering around one of the last good card shops in Central Texas, and I spotted this gem sitting out there for 5 bucks. I just couldn’t pass up Derrick Johnson’s autograph on a card for that price. Sure it’s not certified and all but I trust it enough that it might be the real deal.

Derrick was a monster linebacker at the University of Texas and set the college football record for forced fumbles in a season with a big, fat 9. He averaged over 100 tackles in 4 years with the Longhorns, and finished his career there with 458 in 50 games. He was also credited with 10.5 sacks, 69 TFL, and 9 picks. It seemed a no-brainer that Derrick would be one of the premiere defensive players coming out of college. The 2005 draft was one that I watched intently. I knew the Texans were going to draft defensive talent, and I was confident that if the team was to add local Texas product Derrick Johnson, they wouldn’t be sorry. The Texans pick came up and Johnson was on the board. I got super exited and- they traded down. Johnson came up again and- the Texans drafted Johnson alright- DT Travis Johnson… Obviously I wasn’t enthusiastic about the team’s pick and the Chiefs stepped in with pick #15 in round one and nabbed Derrick.

Derrick had a great rookie season with the Chiefs and started all 16 games at linebacker for the team, transitioning to the pro level effortlessly. His highlights include a 2009 campaign in which he recorded 2 interceptions for touchdowns in the same game, tying an already established record. In 2010, Johnson finally broke the 100 tackle barrier with 121 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pick, 4 FF, 8 TFL, and 16 pass defensed. Derrick topped his numbers again in 2011 and earned his first Pro Bowl honors with 131 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 8 TFL. In 2012, Johnson ranked among the top 5 in tackles, making him an invaluable starter in IDP fantasy leagues that track tackles for points.

Orlovsky, Dan

Card: Sage HIT 2005
Acquired: TTM 2009, Texans Blitz

Dan Orlovsky was a league leading quarterback out of UConn who helped turn the Huskies into a football contender in the Big East during the early 2000s. He would be drafted in the 5th round by the woeful Detroit Lions to compete for 3rd string behind Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia. After winning a roster spot on the team Orlovsky, he would bounce around the depth chart and after Joey Harrington was traded- Dan would be given the dubious honor of being called “the quarterback of the future” for the Lions. In 2008 he’d finally be give the opportunity to start for the team, almost leading the team to victory but comically stepping out of the back of the end zone against the Vikings for a safety.  (The Lions would eventually lose the game 12-10.)  After the season he’d sign with the Houston Texans to back up Matt Schaub.

In 2009 he was beaten out by Rex Grossman on the depth chart, and in 2010 after a lackluster preseason found himself in a battle with Matt Lineart for the job for the remainder of the season.  Dan’s a real head scratcher to me. He has many of the physical attributes of a starter in the league, with good mechanics, and a nice touch on short routes.  Probably his worst drawback is that he does need to improve his defensive read timing.

Dan has not had to throw a regular season pass since joining the Texans. As we enter 2011, Orlovsky is in the final year of his contract with the Texans, and at this point the team is content with a battle for second string between him, Matt Leinart, and newcomer TJ Yates.

My first Orlovsky sighting actually appeared back around 2005 when I was working on a Tecmo Super Bowl ROM mod called “Tecmo Fiesta Bowl”. I input over 80 teams into the ROM, and when I got to Connecticut, I was extremely surprised to see such a statistically accomplished quarterback playing for the Huskies- who were a doormat of their Conference for a long time. Below are his NFL statistics:

G/Gs  13/7     Att    272    Comp  150    Yds  1679   Pct  55.1    Td 8   Int  8     Rat  71.3

A highlight film of the good and bad of Orlovsky:

UPDATE: 12/7/11 – Orlovsky would be cut by the Texans, but would find himself on the roster of the Colts shortly thereafter. He now has the distinction of being the only player in NFL history to play for two 0-11 franchises.