I started working on my New York football Giants autograph collection this summer, and it shows as the majority of signed cards I got back last month are from former NFL players.
Don Herrmann is a New Jersey native who had nine seasons in the NFL from 1969-1977, playing for the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints.
Larry Heater played in the NFL for three seasons between 1980 and 1983, all with the New York Giants.
Randy Dean spent three seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback for the New York Giants between 1977 and 1979. Dean was also a member of the United States handball team in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Jerry Hillebrand was spent nine seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1962-1970. In 1962, he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Giants. The Denver Broncos also picked him in the second round of the AFL draft.
Lou Slaby spent three seasons in the NFL between 1963 and 1966, playing for the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions. Slaby was named to the 1964 UPI All Rookie team in 1964.
Of course, I also got some baseball autographs too, which I’ll show off tomorrow.
Ugh. Aside from Lucas Duda‘s two home runs and a decent (wasted) pitching performance by Dillon Gee, I’d rather forget about Wednesday’s New York Mets game.
Actually, there was another fun moment. David Wilson, the New York Giants first round draft pick, was at Citi Field with the football team’s other rookies to take batting practice before the game. Wilson was also tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did a backflip before uncorking one of the wildest attempts I’ve ever seen.
We are just two weeks away from the official start of spring training for the New York Mets, but I’m probably off at Modell’s to pick up a new Giants championship t-shirt this morning. The Giants’ victory parade is set for tomorrow, but I don’t anticipate being able to get away from work.
I’m more of a baseball fan than a football fan, but I’ve been lucky enough to see the Giants win three championships in my lifetime. I wish I could say the same about the Mets. (I don’t count 1986 for either team – I was alive, but not old enough to actually have the interest in paying attention to sports yet.) Still, if this year’s Giants team has a lesson for us, it’s never to count out your team until it’s actually over. Sometimes they’ll surprise you in a good way. 🙂
Switching gears to baseball, all’s quiet on the Mets’ front. To the disappointment of a few bloggers, Rick Ankiel will not be playing for the Mets this year. He re-signed with the Washington Nationals organization, where he could have a chance to win the center field job – at least on a platoon basis – according to CSNWashington.com reporter Mark Zuckerman.
Another interesting weekend signing: Brad Penny agreed to a one-year deal with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan. Penny, 33, was 11-11 with a 5.30 ERA in 31 starts for the Detroit Tigers last year. There are a few other veteran pitchers still on the market, most notably Roy Oswalt. It doesn’t seem like Major League teams are as inclined to offer the contracts they have in the past.