Who would be your football Fan Favorites?

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Coming off the heels of a successful Topps Archives baseball product, the team at Topps is will be rolling out something similar for football. On Twitter and Facebook, the company solicited ideas for designs and Fan Favorite autographs.

Topps recently wrote on its Facebook page: “Now, we are bringing this fun to football! The football team is plowing through the archives to pick out the coolest retro designs for the debut of Topps Archives Football.”

Topps has asked what years collectors would like see and received more than 400 responses. Early 1980s designs seem to be some of the more popular picks.

Now, it is looking to see who they could include in the Fan Favorites autograph set. These are guys who aren’t obvious superstars or legends. They want players who were adored, but weren’t the biggest names on the team.

We’ve compiled a list of some former football players who can be featured on these cards:

Daryl “Moose” Johnston – The Moose spent his entire 10-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. The fullback blocked in front of Emmitt Smith, and was named to two Pro Bowls. Johnston also won three Super Bowls. Whenever he touched the ball, the entire stadium erupted: “Mooooooooose.”

Brian Dawkins – He’ll forever be one of the favorites for Philadelphia Eagles fans. The safety is a nine-time Pro Bowler. He was so loved by the Eagles and its fans that Philadelphia re-signed him to an offseason contract just so he could retire in green.

Amani Toomer – Toomer was loved where ever he played, in college and in the NFL. Toomer had a great career at Michigan and then went on to win a Super Bowl with with the New York Giants.

Vinny Testaverde – Testaverde played for seven teams in the NFL, but never did he get as much attention as when he was with the New York Jets. The former number-one draft pick by the Tampa bay Buccaneers didn’t actually live up to the hype, but he was fun to watch.

Mark Duper – The former wide receiver played for the Miami Dolphins from 1982-1992. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. And who doesn’t love a guy whose nickname is Super Duper.

Tedy Bruschi – Bruschi was a successful linebacker with the New England Patriots from 1996-2008. He won three Super Bowl with the Pats. But 2005 will be remembered more than any other accomplishment. Bruschi suffered a mild stroke, but came back to play football again.

William Perry – The Refrigerator. Perry played most of his career for the Chicago Bears. The fans loved him so much, he even got to run the ball in Super Bowl XX where he scored a touchdown in the 46-10 blowout of the Patriots.

Jim McMahon – One of Perry’s teammates was also beloved – at least for a year. He was on two Super Bowl championship teams, but the year Chicago fans will never forget is 1985. A Super Bowl, Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro selection.

Mike Alstott – The A-Train is coming through. Alstott was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a Super Bowl champ for the Bucs. He finished with 5,088 career rushing yards.

Wayne Chrebet – Who didn’t love Chrebet – other than Keyshawn Johnson? The 5-foot-10 undrafted wide receiver finished his career as one of the best in New York Jets history. He is second all-time in franchise history with 580 receptions and fifth with 7,365 career rushing yards.

We could keep on going, but what do you think? Who would you like to see on the Fan Favorites autograph set?

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.



Well here are a few from my hometown team and my favorite team:

Merton Hanks
Ronnie Lott
Brent Jones
Jesse Sapolu
Dwight Clark

Christian Okoye
Barry Word
Neil Smith
Deron Cherry
Dante Hall
Rich Gannon

Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

Robert Smith of the Vikings. He was overshadowed by Moss, Carter and Randell Cunningham but he was as much a key to their success. He was a quiet unassuming guy that tore it up on field while discovering planets as a celebrated amateur astronomer off the field.

Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink
Josiah Cecil

Great idea, the baseball archives cards were pretty good in my opinion. I am sure the football series will do just fine as long as the price and breakdown is right.

Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

Two words: Randall Cunningham. (Must be in an Eagles jersey.)

Posted July 16, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink
gary hurd

Some Vikings

Ted Brown
Tommy Kramer
Jake Reed
Ahmad Rashad
Sammy White

Posted July 16, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

Detroit greats Dutch Clark, Dick LeBeau, Bobby Lane, Lou Creekmur, Dick night train lane , some would have to be cuts but some could be on cards

Posted July 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink
Dustin Hopper

Buffalo Bills – Steve Tasker

He is proably the greatest special teams player of all time. He redefined the position of “Gunner”

Posted July 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

Another two words: Don Majkowski. If you are a fan of the green and gold, it is tough to forget the “Majik Man’s” 1989 season. He also went on to be a solid performer in Tecmo Super Bowl, along with “QB Eagles.”

Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
bill johnson

how can you have a fan favorite football set without the BEST 2 sport player in sports history. BO JACKSON. back in the late 80’s every one knew bo.

Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

Neal Anderson
Olin Kreutz
Matt Suhey
Ken Norton Jr
Larry Allen
Charles Haley
James Lofton
Willie Gault

Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
Michael Marrufo

Dallas Cowboys

Emmitt Smith
Troy Aikaman
Michaeal Irvin
Daryl Johnston

Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

If Topps would do that, I would prefer to see players who haven’t had lot of autographed cards already – if they are just the same players who already have numerous cards out there it really defeats the purpose. Such a series should focus on less obvious players. I would suspect that many of these cards would be offensive linesmen. Many offensive line players played for years for the same team yet have very ferw cards and they may have never had autograph cards.

Like baseball, there are many players from the 1980s – even good players – who had good careers but were retired before autograph cards started and since they aren’t Hall of Famers and never did anything “legendary” so they don’t show up in the cardsets.

If pretty much everyone is new to autos it is a good idea.

Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

Steve Beurlein
Wesley Walls
Brad Hoover
Mushin Muhammad
Mike Minter

Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

eagles fred barnett
49ers tom rathman, john taylor
bengals ickey woods, tim krumrie

Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

Some thoughts:

ED “too tall” Jones
Kenny Anderson
Boomer Esiason
Ickey Woods
James Brooks
Bernie Kosar
Jim Kelly
Marcus Allen
Ricky Williams
Shaun Alexander

Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

Representing the Rams: Kurt Warner, Torry Holt, Eric Dickerson, Jack Youngblood, Deacon Jones, and Merlin Olsen (although the entire Rams Fearsome Foursome would be nice).

Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

Anybody from the 85 BEARS.

Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
thecardcouplene @ twitter

Doug Flutie, Irving Fryar, Jerome Brown (RIP), Steve Tasker.

Two Bills, and Two Eagles!

Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

steelers troy hines ward barry foster louie lipps rod woodson jack lambert jack ham mean joe greene terry bradshaw john stallworth lynn swann rocky blier jerome bettis bill cowher

Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

broncos elway davis eddie mac three amigos tom nalen jason elam dennis smith haven moss neil smith ka rl mecklenburg

Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
Andrew Strong

I would love to see all of the old USFL guys sign cards..

Marcus Dupree would be cool

Oh and John Schultz from the late 1970’s Broncos – He was born and raised in the town I live in, I see him all the time but he never got a card, just a Orange Crush Soda Can. He would love to be in a card set.. He was the special teams captain for the 78 Super Bowl team… Come on Topps make it happen. I could set this one up for you.

Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

If your going to do a Fan Favorites, then you have to include

Curtis ‘My Favorite’ Martin


Tom Rathman
Darryl Johnston
Craig Heyward
Mike Alstott

Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

Joe Morris–New York Giants

Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink
Matt Harwood

Sterling Sharpe, Herman Moore, Rodney Peete, Pete Metzelaars, Greg Lloyd and Kevin Greene

Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
Mark Fiscus

Richard Dent
Gary Fencik

Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. be even cooler if it was a famous nicknames card. with either 9ers or rams

Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:32 am | Permalink

Chuck Cecil and Frank “Bag-o-donuts” Winters.

Posted July 17, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink
David Johnson

Bo Jackson
Herschel Walker
Neal Anderson
Derrick Thomas
Jevon Kearse
Tony Boselli
Doug Flutie
Deion Sanders

Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

I ALSO would like to put my vote on :

Steve Tasker
Doug Flutie (although he is in alot of auto sets already)
Jim McMahon (maybe in a Chargers uni?)


Don Beebe
Al Pupunu (Who Knew?)
Joe Cribbs

Frank Reich (really would love this) – Owner (at one point) of the record for the greatest comeback win in both college and professional football history

Fred Smerlas
Stan Humphries

Posted July 17, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

As a Titans fan, it seems like my team never gets much publicity anyhow but I would like to offer Frank Wycheck and Keith Bulluck as the unsung heroes of the great Titans playoff teams of the past.

Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
Chris H

As a Pats fan I gotta say Troy Brown and Ben Coates!
Other random suggestions:
Keenan McCardell
Antonio Freeman
Greg Lloyd
Natrone Means
Bill Romanowski
Eric Metcalf
Dave Meggett

Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

Roy Green
Neil Lomax
Corey Dillon
Ron “Jaws” Jaworski

Get Testaverde off that list, he was an interception machine!

Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

i agree with steve but add kerry collins to the panthers list

Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

Being an Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals fan…

Timm Rosenbach
Jake Plummer
Kurt Warner
Larry Centers
Ronald Moore
Frank Sanders
Rob Moore
David Boston
Ricky Proehl
Luis Sharpe
Eric Swann
Aeneas Williams
Pat Tillman
Eric Hill
Ronald McKinnon
Ken Harvey

Posted July 18, 2012 at 1:24 am | Permalink
David Giglio


Posted July 18, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

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