Barrett Ruud played LB for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2001-2004.
He posted 432 total tackles, a pick, and 7 forced fumbles over college career.
Selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Finally broke into the starting lineup full time in 2007.
Had 4 straight seasons of 100+ tackles from 2007-2010.
Best season came in 2009, with 142 total tackles, 1 forced fumble and 7 pass deflections.
Signed with the Titans in 2011, but finished season on IR after 9 games.
In 2012, signed with the Seahawks, but was later traded to Saints.
After Saints cut Barrett, he found a home on the Texans who were desperately thin at LB.
As a depth move, Ruud came off the bench for 16 tackles, a sack and 2 pass deflections.
Retired after the 2012 season, Ruud coached LBs with the Huskers from 2018-2022.
Yeah so I was eager to get Barrett since he had a short stint on the Texans way back in 2012. The team was at the height of its power and he really helped out any way he could. My friend Lance got him first and passed along the info to me, so I went ahead and hit him up.
I had picked up George previously, but didn’t realize he was on this Ultimate World League TV Schedule card, so after a few years, I grabbed a few extra cards and sent it back out. The Fleer 95 is such a Frankenstein set of design, which was different- by team. This one is obviously on the terrible side of things. The Topps Finest is a great example of the over the top style that trading cards were starting to embrace as far as refractors were concerned.
Ahmad Rashad played college ball with QB Dan Fouts at Oregon from 1968-1971.
Played HB setting multiple records at the school (rushing yards, receptions, and points) -which were all school records.
First round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 and transitioned to receiver.
Played in 13 games catching 29 passes for 500 yards.
Led the NFL with a 98 yard TD pass- probably the longest catch any rookie has had.
Traded to the Buffalo Bills after the 1973 season, but only played one year there, as he was sidelined with injuries for the entire 1975 campaign.
Traded to the Vikings shortly before the regular season by the Seahawks in 1976, and set new career marks across the board with 53 catches for 671 yards.
Caught 66 passes for 768 yards and 8 TDs in 1978.
Had career high 80 catches for 1156 yards and 9 TDs in 1979.
Continued unlikely run with another 1000 yard campaign in 1980, catching 69 passes for 1095 yards and 5 TDs.
In 1981, put up 58 catches for 884 yards and 7 TD.s
Retired after the 1982 campaign.
Pro Bowl 1978-81
Second Team AP 1979
Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
50 Greatest Vikings
Minnesota Vikings 25th Anniversary Team
Minnesota Vikings 50th Anniversary Team
College Football Hall of Fame 2007
When I first started watching NBC football during golden era the 80s, Ahmad Rashad had the smoothest delivery behind the desk back at the studio. Initially, I didn’t even know he played football! I felt like he and Bob Costas had extremely similar styles of commentary and announcing that I was very comfortable with. For a while there Rashad was married to Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Rashad)- who is an actress most notably known for being the mom on the Cosby Show.
Rashad is also a huge basketball fan, announcer, desk host, and player. He even got into a preseason game at the age of 40 playing for the Philadelphia 76ers scoring 2 points!
He remains a Vikings and Minnesota legend to this day.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.