Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wes Unseld 2010

Wes Unseld Drawing

Washington Bullets retired Center/Forward, Hall of Famer. I have never really liked basketball. I was never good at it, and don't really like to watch it. Basketball does however hold a special place in my heart. It is my fathers favorite sport. I still have his adult recreation league championship trophy from the year I was born. When I was a little boy, Pop took me to my first professional sports event. It was a Washington Bullets game at the old Capital Center. The Bullets played the Seattle Supersonics, and we got there early so we could see the pre-game shoot around. We went down to court side, and I got autographs from Wes Unseld, and Kevin Greavy.
Wes was the second pick overall in the 1968 draft. That year he won Rookie of the Year Honors as well as League MVP (only the second player ever to do so behind Wilt Chamberlain). Regarded as one of the best defensive players of his era, Wes lead the NBA in rebounds in 1975. Wes played his entire career with the Washington Bullets (1968-1981). Wes was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Anquan Boldin 2010

Autographed Anquan Boldin Drawing

Anquan Boldin and Joshua with my drawing

Anquan signing my drawing

Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver. Chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2003 NFL Draft, Anquan has played opposite of Larry Fitzgerald who I drew two seasons ago. In 2003 he was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In his first game as a rookie, he had 217 yards receiving which is an NFL record. He was the fastest player in NFL history to reach 400 and 500 career receptions. He has been to three Pro Bowls.
On March 6, the Baltimore Ravens made a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for Anquan. He is pictured here in my drawing, three days later, in his Ravens uniform which he has never actually worn yet.

In week 3 of the Ravens 2010 season against the Cleveland Browns, Anquan became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 600 receptions. (He also caught three touchdowns passes in the win) Two days later, Joshua and I went to Anquan's autograph signing at Great Moments in Westminster.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Deontre Johnson 2010

Deontre Johnson Drawing

Deontre is a Middle Linebacker/Fullback for Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School

In his senior year playing for the Wise High School Pumas, Deontre played middle linebacker and full back. For the season on offense he had 405 yards on 77 carries with 7 touchdowns. On defense he had 116 tackles. His team set a state record with eight straight shut outs, and in the State Championship Game played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Deontre had 20 tackles.

Deontre is the son of a long time friend from work. I have not even seen Deontre since he was playing in my swimming pool at seven or eight years old. Now he is going off to play college football for Shepherd University in West Virginia where he hopes to play safety. His Dad and my good friend CJ is very proud of him!