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.

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35 comments

  1. Brent 16 July, 2012 at 10:47

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

    49ers
    Merton Hanks
    Ronnie Lott
    Brent Jones
    Jesse Sapolu
    Dwight Clark

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

  2. Kevin 16 July, 2012 at 10:49

    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.

  3. Josiah Cecil 16 July, 2012 at 10:55

    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.

  4. Dustin Hopper 16 July, 2012 at 11:54

    Buffalo Bills – Steve Tasker

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

  5. Robert 16 July, 2012 at 12:06

    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.”

  6. bill johnson 16 July, 2012 at 12:19

    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.

  7. Bryon 16 July, 2012 at 12:59

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

  8. ZSDOne 16 July, 2012 at 13:41

    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.

  9. Johnny Hodge 16 July, 2012 at 14:18

    Some thoughts:

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

  10. Bobby 16 July, 2012 at 15:15

    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).

  11. thecardcouplene @ twitter 16 July, 2012 at 17:04

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

    Two Bills, and Two Eagles!

  12. kris 16 July, 2012 at 17:11

    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

  13. kris 16 July, 2012 at 17:14

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

  14. Andrew Strong 16 July, 2012 at 17:41

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

    Young
    Kelly
    Walker
    Flutie
    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.

  15. Wesley 16 July, 2012 at 18:05

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

    Curtis ‘My Favorite’ Martin

    Also,

    Tom Rathman
    Darryl Johnston
    Craig Heyward
    Mike Alstott

  16. Matt Harwood 16 July, 2012 at 19:57

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

  17. Jon 17 July, 2012 at 07:32

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

  18. David Johnson 17 July, 2012 at 10:49

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

  19. KZed 17 July, 2012 at 11:58

    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?)

    Further:

    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

  20. Troy 17 July, 2012 at 14:43

    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.

  21. Chris H 17 July, 2012 at 17:16

    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

  22. 1989-Store 17 July, 2012 at 17:50

    Roy Green
    Neil Lomax
    Corey Dillon
    Ron “Jaws” Jaworski

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

  23. J.R. Lebert 18 July, 2012 at 01:24

    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

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