Robert Brazile Rookie Card
With their 1st Pick of the 1st Round in the 1975 NFL Draft, the Houston Oilers selected Robert Brazile from Jackson State University. Robert Brazile has one official rookie card.
Robert Brazile – A Trailblazing Linebacker
Nicknamed, “Dr. Doom” played his entire 10-year career (1975-1984) with the Houston Oilers.
His craft was the outside linebacker position but obviously, he was no ordinary linebacker.
Brazile set a new standard for the position and for his entire career he maintained a standard of excellence.
He is credited for being the first outside linebacker to rush the quarterback.
Typical duties of outside linebackers of this era were to defend the outside containment, more specifically the strong and weak sides.
Robert Brazile – An NFL Iron Man
But Mr. Brazile had a different idea and it proved to be very effective and when he wasn’t rushing the QB he would drop back and had much success in covering the pass and/or defending against the run.
He was so efficient opponents would frequently avoid his side of the field. That’s epic!
In his 1975 rookie season, Brazile won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
He was intense with extreme mobility and strength. Most impressive is his durability, he has the most consecutive games played in the linebacker position with 147.
Please allow me to repeat this fun fact of Robert Brazile. He played for 10 years, a total of 147 games and he never missed one of those games! 147 consecutive games! Amazing.
Robert Brazile – Career Numbers & Awards
Career Stats: 147 Games | 13 Interceptions | 201 Yards Returned From Interceptions.
- 7x Pro Bowler
- 2x All-Pro
- 1975 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
- 1975 NFL All-Rookie Team
- Pro Football Hall of Fame All-1970s Team
- Hall of Fame Induction 2018
Official Rookie Card of HOFer Robert Brazile
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The official rookie card of Robert Brazile can be found in the 1976 Topps set, card number 424.
The photo appears to show Brazile on the sidelines looking in the direction of the end zone, perhaps watching his offense getting close to the goal line.
The photo is outlined with an orange border, outlined again in black. I love the football with team name but must admit it reminds me of an Easter egg due to that hot pink color.
Position and player name runs across the bottom and the entire design sits on a white border.
The card back is divided up into three sections: player name and bio, excellent commentary pertaining to Brazile, and an unrelated trivia question.
The card is printed on gray cardboard stock with orange and blue ink. Two things stand out to me here; check out the card number on the helmet, that’s different.
The Topps logo is not on the card front instead it’s on the back upper right corner. Of all the Topps logo designs this is my favorite.
As of the date of this post raw copies are selling for $10.00-$25.00; graded near mint-mint copies (8’s) sell for $25.00-$40.00 and mint copies (9’s) sell in the $200.00-$250.00 range.