Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Omar Jacobs & Charlie Whitehurst Jersey Card

This card comes from a pack of Upper Deck's 2006 Sweet Spot (#SPD-JW of the Sweet Pairings sub-set) football cards I must have bought in 2009 or 2010:

Granted, neither of these quarterbacks has become a superstar, but they aren't in jail either, which is a small victory for the NFL these days.

Omar Jacobs is the type of QB who is a superstar at lower levels (Arena Football MVP and playoff MVP titles) and in College (GMAC Bowl MVP), but just hasn't been able to move past the practice squad at the NFL level on three separate teams - the Pittsburgh Steelers (who drafted him 164th overall in the 5th round in 2006), Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.

He has moved from minor league to minor league, and played for the Wichita Falls Nighthawks of the Gridiron Development League (GDFL) in 2013... but the team folded mid-season. His longest tenure with the same team was with the AIFA's (Arena Football) Jacksonville Sharks, from 2010 to 2013.

Charlie Whitehurst, on the other hand, has been on active NFL rosters since he was drafted in the third round (81st overall), also in 2006. Being the son of a former NFL QB keeps a few doors open that way. His first game as a member of the San Diego Chargers, ironically, was against the Tennessee Titans, who now employ him. All told, he spent 6 seasons with the Chargers in two stint, and may have had his best games in his two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-2011).

He is nicknamed ''Clipboard Jesus'' because he is a career back-up and has long hair.

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