Brian Urlacher was elected to the Hall of Fame this year, Class of 2018. I didn’t think he was first ballot, but he surprised me. He had an outstanding career and was a fun guy to watch. Due to him sharing a rookie year with future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, and due to me owning Brady’s Showcase rookie – I decided I wanted Urlacher’s Showcase rookie over Topps Chrome, so they’d match. I may go back and get the Topps Chrome later, but I’m good with this choice. 48 Hall of Famers to go!
Derrick Henry won the Heisman Trophy in 2015. He’s had a pretty lackluster career for the Titans, and was a cheap pickup to make.
Johnny Hopp and Jim Tobin were both All-Stars for the Braves in 1946 and 1944 respectively, both are great additions to the Braves project I’ve got going on.
Leo Mazzone is a mythical figure in Braves History as the Braves pitching coach that any Braves fan would say is a legend of Atlanta. He had a card from his minor league days, and it took forever to track down. Terry Forster was a Fan Favorite for the 80’s Braves as well
Steve McKinney, Bernard Pollard, Jason Babin, Morlon Greenwood and Wali Lundy were all names I wanted for my Texans Rookie Project. McKinley had the most success, followed by Pollard. Babin was a former #1 Overall pick, and Greenwood played decently. Lundy was a bust, but a loveable bust.
Patrick Willis may be a Hall of Famer someday, so I picked up his Topps Chrome rookie to prepare for that possibility.