Friday, July 16, 2010

2003 Leaf Rookies and Stars #198 and Leaf Rookies and Stars Longevity #198 Hanik Milligan

Today's featured player is Hanik Milligan. He played for the University of Houston football team from 2000-2002.

Some of his highlights:
Tied for #4 in tackles in a game (22 vs TCU in 2001)
#2 in season tackles (174 in 2001) and #7 (149 in 2002)
#3 in season solo tackles (102 in 2001)
Tied for #4 in season tackle assists (77 in 2002)
#3 in career tackles (405)
#5 in career solo tackles (235)
#5 in career tackle assists (170)
Tied for #5 in career fumble recoveries (5)
#2 in career forced fumbles (9)
Led team in interceptions in 2000 with 5.
Led team in tackles in 2001 and 2002.

For his efforts, he was named 2nd Team All Conference USA in 2001 and 1st team All Conference in 2002.

He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 6th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. played for the Chargers from 2003-2005, the Arizona Cardinals in 2006, and the St Louis Rams in 2007. In 2005, he was selected as to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro temas as a special teams player.

His older brother Hamin also played for the Cougars from 2000-2001. Although he didn't make it to the NFL, he did play for five Arena Football League teams and does have a couple of AFL cards, 2006 Upper Deck AFL #59 and 2006 Upper Deck AFL Gold #59. Sorry, I don't have any pictures of those cards for you.

Today's card is the 2003 Leaf Rookies and Stars #198 and the Longevity variation which is restricted to 50 cards. The graphics are a little busy for my tastes, but I'm more of an old school, simple design guy. I do give bonus points for graphics matching the team colors. I also think that the base card is more attractive than the Longevity variation. That's probably because I like the color coordinated graphics though

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