Football Daily Card Gazette

Remember... you heard it here first!

Russell Wilson

2014 Topps Set (Football)

Quarterbacks coach Carl Smith used to fret when his QB left the pocket - until he started coaching Russell. "When that happens, I start getting happy," Smith says. "Something good's about to happen." In 2013, Wilson game-managed, scrambled and passed the Seahawks to the ultimate title. Russell, who logged a 123.1 passer rating in the Super Bowl, has won 28 games (including playoffs) in two seasons.

Charlie Justice

1955 Topps All American Set (Football)

"Choo Choo" Charley's brilliant passing and sensational running gave the Tar Heels 4 great seasons. In his first year he paced the team to 9 wins in 10 contests and into the Sugar Bowl game. In addition to his great running and passing, he was one of the South's best quick kickers with his long punts.

What happens if a player helps a runner advance? 15 yard penalty from the spot of the foul.
Doak Walker

1955 Bowman Set (Football)

Finished second highest scorer in the League last year with 106 points - first best in extra points with 43. Won Heisman Trophy in 1948 and Maxwell Award in 1947 as College football's top player. Attended high school in Dallas, Tex., playing football with Bobby Layne. One of the game's most popular players.

Jeremy Shockey

2003 Topps Set (Football)

December 28, 2002: Weekly Wrap Up: With the playoffs on the line, Shockey snared 10 receptions for 98 yards in leading the Giants to a vital 10-7 overtime triumph over Philadelphia at the Meadowlands on December 28. He tied the game at 7-7 by outwrestling Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins for a seven-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. It was his fourth catch of the 13-play drive.

Joe Adams

2012 Topps Magic Set (Football)

Logged between 377 and 813 receiving yards all four years at Arkansas... Totaled 570 more in punt returns (including 5 TDs) and 248 (9.2 YPC) on the ground... Hogs' No. 2 all time ball-catcher with 164...2011 Second Team All-American return man after taking school-record four punts to the crib. In which bowl last year did Joe record his first punt retum

John Dottley

1953 Bowman Set (Football)

Led nation in ground gaining in 1949 with 1,312 yards. Was sixth best in NFL as a "freshman." Handicapped by injuries last fall. Called the greatest running fullback ever to play in South by many coaches. Arkansas schoolboy ace. All-Southeastern at University of Mississippi. Played in Senior Bowl and College All Star games.

Louis Breeden

1985 Topps Set (Football)

An exceptional athlete for the Bengals. Louis is a big-play performer. His 1984 statistics included 43 tackles and 15 assists while tying for club lead in interceptions. Louis provides Bengals with excellent coverage on top NFL receivers.

Cooper Kupp

2017 Panini Set (Football)

Los Angeles spent the 2017 draft surrounding quarterback Jared Goff with new weapons, including Kupp, a speedy wideout who creates separation with ease. Now with the Rams, Kupp joins the family business as his father, Craig, and grandfather, Jake, played in the NFL with the Giants and Saints, respectively.

Jerome Bettis

1994 Score Select Set (Football)

38 carries of 10 or more yards. Strong and tough, Jerome was voted the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in '93 and an NFL All-Pro. A complete back, he ranked second in the league with 1,429 yards rushing. "It's scary seeing him coming at you," said Cardinal CB Aeneas Williams.

Isaac Bruce

1999 Topps Set (Football)

Isaac was off to the best start of his career when a hamstring injury wiped out his 1998 season. With 21 catches for 323 yards, he was the NFL's leading receiver after two games. His 80-yard reception against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 was the longest of his career and the longest by a Rams receiver in 166 games.

Ty Law

2022 Panini Legacy Set (Football)

Even the best quarterbacks couldn't help turning the ball over to Law. Over his five appearances in the Pro Bowl, the star cornerback snagged a trio of interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He and receiver Keyshawn Johnson were named co-MVPs of the 1999 event.

George Gulyanics

1951 Bowman Set (Football)

In 1950 gained 571 yards on 146 carries. Averaged 3.9 yards per attempt. Scored 2 touchdowns. Averaged 33.5 yards per punt on 6 kicks. Averaged 47.2 yards per punt on 29 kicks in 1949. Attended Ellisville Junior College in Mississippi, but never played collegiate football. Trained in the Bears' farm system. Was an All-State high school ace in home town of Mishawaka, Indiana.

Gino Marchetti

1958 Topps Set (Football)

There are easier tasks in pro football than trying to circle big Gino's end. You certainly can't go through him, and going around him is no simpler. To make matters even worse, he harasses quarterbacks going to pass, and many's the play he has snuffed out with his charging tactics. If Gino can't get at the ball-carrier himself, he makes sure to take out the blockers.

What is the nickname of Ohio State University? Buckeyes
Merlin Olsen

1964 Philadelphia Set (Football)

Rated the nation's top line prospect for the '61 pro season, Merlin was named "NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year" by Pro Football Illustrated.

What class office did Merlin hold in college? He was president of his sophomore and junior class.
Ralph Baker

1968 Topps Set (Football)

Coming back after a serious leg injury in 1966, Ralph solidified the Jets defense in '67 with his great ability to "read" plays.

Ralph is a physical educational instructor during the off-season.
Deion Branch

2003 Topps Set (Football)

In his first NFL game, against the Steelers on September 9, 2002, Deion showed he can make big plays in ways other than catching passes. "It's not all about scoring touchdowns," said Branch after his emphatic block of safety Lee Flowers enabled teammate Donald Hayes to reach the end zone. "You have to help your teammates because they're going to help you out." Deion is only 5-9, 185, but his block packed a wallop. I didn't think hit him that hard, but, you know, I hit him," he added.

Colin Kaepernick

2012 Topps Magic Set (Football)

Emerged as Alex Smith's backup in 2012, also appearing in change-of-pace role emphasizing his rushing ability... Scored first NFL TD on 7-yard run versus Jets on Sept. 30... Was limited to brief action in two games as rookie in '11... Accounted for 142 TDs during four-year run at U. of Nevada.

Besides Colin, who are the two other NCAA QBs with seasons of 20 TDs both passing and rushing? Tim Tebow & Cam Newton
John Abraham

2006 Topps Heritage Set (Football)

In his final season in with the Jets, Abraham reached double figures in sacks for the fourth time in his six-year career - a team-leading total of 10.5. He also popped loose six fumbles (his career high and the third-best total in the NFL in 2005) including two against the Raiders (12/11). His season-high 13 tackles came vs. the Jaguars (9/25).

Jack Youngblood

2020 Donruss Set (Football)

Anyone who knows Youngblood's name knows the legend of him playing the 1979 playoffs with a broken leg. But Youngblood was not just tough, he was productive. He recorded two sacks, including one for a safety, in his team's two-point win at New Orleans in week 16 of the 1983 season to help secure a wild-card berth.

Gaines Adams

2008 Topps Set (Football)

Gaines says he models his game after Julius Peppers, and in 2007, he out-sacked the Panthers star and led all NFL rookies with 6.0. He's not resting on his success, however. Adams spent much of the offseason in the weight room, trying to add some size and strength at the point of attack. "I have a lot more room for improvement," he says.

Boyd Dowler

1962 Topps Set (Football)

Boyd kicked a 75 yard punt in '61, finishing 5th in the N.F.L. punting standings.

Who made the longest run from scrimmage in a playoff game? ANS: Elmer Angsman - Chicago Cards - 70 yards.
Reggie Williams

1978 Topps Set (Football)

A strong and quick hard-hitter who earned a starting outside linebacker spot for the Bengals during his rookie season, Reggie has exceptional speed and quickness. A daring and exciting player, he has become a favorite of the Cincinnati fans. Reggie was named to American Football Coaches' Team at Dartmouth.

Reggie was an All-Ivy selection twice.
Leonard Fournette

2021 Score Set (Football)

After a Week 1 loss. Tampa Bay turned to Fournette for a spark the next Sunday. The hard-nosed runner delivered, rushing for 103 yards and catching four passes out of the backfield. His 46-yard touchdown scamper with under two minutes to play sealed the team's 31-17 victory over Carolina.

Steve Van Buren

1951 Bowman Set (Football)

Plagued by injuries during 1950 campaign. Missed 2 of the scheduled games. Dropped from ball carrying championship of League, held for 3 successive years, to 7th place in that department. In 7 pro seasons has rolled up 5,533 yards - a League record. Holds many other records, including most TD's in 1 year (18). Called greatest football player in America. Graduate, Louisiana State University.

Montez Sweat

2021 Panini Prestige Set (Football)

There's a reason scouts measure vertical leap at the Combine every year. Sweat, who posted a 36-inch vertical in 2019, showed the value when Washington faced the Cowboys in Week 12 of the 2020 season - he leaped to deflect an Andy Dalton pass, then snagged it and returned it 15 yards for the final score during a 41-16 win.

Mike Wallace

2010 Score Set (Football)

As a rookie, Wallace hauled in only 39 passes on the 2009 season, but certainly made them count, averaging 19.4 yards per catch, the highest mark in the NFL. Among league freshmen, he finished fourth in receiving yards (756) and tied for second in touchdown catches (six).

Devin Singletary

2023 Score Set (Football)

Singletary rattled off his final 100-yard game for Buffalo when the Bills ran past the Bears in Week 16 of 2022. The running back needed only 12 carries to rack up 106 yards and a touchdown. That's the kind of efficiency Houston hoped to see after signing the free agent ahead of the 2023 season.

Lou Groza

1956 Topps Set (Football)

Lou's great ability to split the uprights with booming field goals and extra points has often meant the difference between victory and defeat for the Browns. The holder of a bushelful of records, Lou has kicked 5 field goals in 1 game and once booted a 52 yarder in a title contest.

Hugh McElhenny

1952 Bowman Set (Football)

Goes pro this year with 49ers. Hugh's rushing total for U. of Washington in 1951 was 6th best in the country. His 125 points scored was second high in major college play. All-American, 1951. All-Pacific Coast, 1949, '50, '51.

Kyle Rote

1954 Bowman Set (Football)

Kyle ranked number one with the Giants last year in the pass receiving depart- ment. He was the bonus selection of the Giants for 1951. Despite the fact that he has been hampered during his three year professional career by injury, he ranks as one of the great halfbacks of the League. Was selected to the Pro-Bowl game last season and was a unanimous All-American in 1949.

Bob Mann

1950 Bowman Set (Football)

A Detroit Lion, 1948-49. Becomes a Yank in 1950. Set new Lions' pass receiving record in 1949 by catching 66 for 1,014 yards - second best in league. Played end for University of Michigan. Gained first prominence on Fritz Crisler's great 1947 West Conference and Rose Bowl championship team. Served in Navy. Plays basketball and softball.

Matthew Stafford

2021 Donruss Set (Football)

In Motown, Stafford set NFL records as the fastest QB to 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000 passing yards. In Los Angeles, they wouldn't mind seeing him speed to a Super Bowl title. That's the idea after the Rams traded for him in 2021. Stafford has the stuff that can stir his new team to silverware.

Gino Marchetti

1957 Topps Set (Football)

Ever since Gino entered the N.F.L. opposing quarterbacks have been trying to figure a way to run plays around his end. So far they haven't found the right formula. He's a deadly tackler and can pile up interference with ripping blocks. When Gino isn't ruining the enemy's ground game, he's sailing in at full speed to rush a passer.

Gino played most of 1955 with a brace on his dislocated shoulder. In '55 he was in the lineup 3 weeks after an appendectomy.
Dominic Rhodes

2006 Topps Set (Football)

Dominic burst into the NFL in 2001 with 1,104 yards rushing as an undrafted Colts rookie free agent who replaced injured Edgerrin James for much of the year. After four subsequent seasons spent mainly as Edge's backup, he could return to a primary role in '06. His 4.5-yard career rushing average compares favorably to James's 4.2 per-carry mark.

Deion Sanders is the only man to play a Super Bowl and a World Series.
Carl Eller

1976 Topps Set (Football)

A participant in 6 Pro Bowl Games, Carl has been selected for All-Pro recognition 6 times. The winner of the George Halas Award in 1971 as the NFL's Best Defensive Player, he caused 6 opponents' fumbles during the 1974 season. Carl was an All-American at Minnesota where he was a two-way starter. He was a 3-year regular in the line for Minnesota and a teammate of Bobby Bell, formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs. A hard hitter and ferocious tackler.

Guess the Mystery Viking. Clue 10 of 12. I have passed for over 2000 yards 14 different seasons.
Marshawn Lynch

2014 Topps Set (Football)

A year after earning AP First Team All-Pro honors, Marshawn continued to operate in "Beast Mode” in 2013. The relentless, punishing running back, who led the league with 12 rushing touchdowns, is the only NFL player with at least 11 rushing scores in each of the last three seasons. In Seattle's postseason march to the Super Bowl title, Lynch led all playoff rushers in yards (288) and TDs (four).

Mark Ingram, II

2020 Donruss Set (Football)

Baltimore wanted to add a quick-footed ball-carrier to complement superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson. It found Ingram, an uber-agile tailback who breaks down opponents with a shifty set of moves. In 2019, he topped 1,000 rushing yards for the third time in his career.