Robert Brazile 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 was to defend the outside containment, more specifically the strong and weak sides. 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 selected as a Pro-Bowler for seven straight years and was named All-Pro for five straight years. 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.
ROOKIE CARD OF HALL OF FAMER ROBERT BRAZILE
1976 Topps, Card No. 424 (Shop eBay)
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 side lines 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 line, 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. 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. And 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.
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“Robert Brazile.” Digital Image. Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site. http://www.profootballhof.com/players/robert-brazile/ (accessed March 3, 2018).