Monday, January 19, 2015

Chad Jackson Jersey Card

Here's a card in honor of the New England Patriots' trouncing of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, from Fleer's 2006 Flair Showcase set (card #SHS-CJ of the Showcase Stitches sub-set) by Upper Deck, featuring a white swatch from an event-worn uniform:

When I got it in a re-pack of cards from multiple sports a couple of years ago, I had to do a double-take, because I thought it was a Chad ''Ochocinco'' Johnson card at first... Alas, it featured Chad Jackson, a wide receiver from Alabama who held the Florida Gators' record for most receptions in a single season as a junior and whom the Patriots drafted in the second round in 2006 (36th overall).

Hamstring injuries and a deep team led to his being scratched for many games with the Pats, including Super Bowl XLII. In 2008, it was believed he'd made the 53-man roster, but he was cut the day after the team submitted its list.

The same thing happened the following year with the Denver Broncos, only this time it was two days later.

He was off the NFL grid in 2009, but signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2010, only to be released prior to playing a single game, and the same thing happened with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, a year where he played for the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL before retiring at age 25.

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