My Favorite Players

My Top 10 List + 2 (Updated April 15th, 2021)

My Favorite Players list is below.  I have a hard time explaining to people why I like a certain player.  Not all my favorite players are on my favorite team.  For example,  my favorite team is Minnesota, but If you look at my top ten list only two Vikings are on it.  You'll also notice, and it is not by accident either, that all 10 of my favorite players are on defense.

My Favorite Players list is below.  I have a hard time explaining to people why I like a certain player.  Not all my favorite players are on my favorite team.  For example,  my favorite team is Minnesota, but If you look at my top ten list only two Vikings are on it.  You'll also notice, and it is not by accident either, that all 10 of my favorite players are on defense.

The cards listed below are my favorite players.

1) Joey Browner, SS, Minnesota Vikings - I just loved watching him play!! Joey was just an assassin in football pads.  The Intimidator!!

1986 Topps: “Joey Browner” RC #300

2) Scott Studwell, MLB, Minnesota Vikings - Blood, Sweat and Tears since 1977!!  John Scott Studwell wasn't the best MLB.  He was only named to 2 Pro-Bowls, but he brought a lot to a defense that in the late 80s and early 90s was one of Football's best.

1990 Score: “Scott Studwell” Autograph #377

3) Aeneas Williams, CB, Arizona Cardinals / St. Louis Rams - Deion, Deion, Deion...Big Deal!! Aeneas was a walk-on at Southern University and ended his football playing career in the HOF.  And to top it off, Aeneas was Pure Class, both on and off the field.

1997 Upper Deck: “Aeneas Williams” #99

4) Hardy Nickerson, MLB, Pittsburgh Steelers / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Jacksonville Jaguars / Green Bay Packers - Hardy was another from the Larry Centers mold.  He endured a lot of losing teams in Tampa, but was there when it turned around. I give him a lot of credit for helping that organization. El Dragon!!!

1995 Pinnacle: “Hardy Nickerson” #118

5) Simeon Rice, DE, Arizona Cardinals / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Denver Broncos - Simeon was the Premier Pass Rushing specialist of the late 90s and at the turn of the century.

1996 Upper Deck: “Simeon Rice” RC #3

6) D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Cleveland Browns / Indianapolis Colt - I first remember D'Qwell at the scouting combine in Indianapolis and I thought, this guy looks really good. I enjoyed watching him play ever since.

2009 Score: “D'Qwell Jackson” #67*

 

*Note: Unfortunately, I do not own this card. Looks like I need some Jackson cards for my collection

 

7) John Lynch, SS, Tampa Bay / Denver Broncos - John was a fearless hitter. He was an excellent piece of that Tampa Bay Super Bowl team’s puzzle. And he carried the torch of another Tampa Bay SS who wore #47 before him.....Joey Browner.

1992 Upper Deck: “John Lynch” RC #21

8) Brian Dawkins, SS, Philadelphia Eagles / Denver Broncos - I had an opportunity to meet Brian once at a Philly Fan Fest back in 2002. He had arms the size of tree trunks. That and the way he played got him on this list.

1997 Fleer: “Brian Dawkins” #52

9) Takeo Spikes, LB, Cincinnati Bengals / Buffalo Bills / Philadelphia Eagles / San Francisco 49ers / San Diego Chargers - An devastating LB, with an awesome name!!  TKO!! It's terrible knowing that he never played in a single playoff game. He kind of had the "Fred Smerlas" syndrome.

1998 Upper Deck Encore: “Takeo Spikes” RC #9

10) Pat Swilling, LB, New Orleans Saints / Detroit Lions / Oakland Raiders - The best of "The best Linebacking core in football history".  Pat Swilling was the next Lawrence Taylor....So who was the next Pat Swilling?

1988 Topps: “Pat Swilling” RC #66

I like to hold a couple spots for sets that recently fell off the "Top 10" list or sets that just couldn't crack the "Top 10", but should still have a word said about them. So without wasting any more time here are my 2 "Honorable Mentions".

11) Honorable Mention Herman Moore, WR, Detroit Lions - Lets face it, For a couple years Herman Moore was All-World. 

1997 Topps: “Herman Moore” Autographs #6

12) Honorable Mention Eddie George, RB, Tennessee Titans - No running back since Earl Campbell ran harder or tougher than Eddie. Alright, maybe Marshawn ran harder, but still......

1998 Pinnacle Plus: “Eddie George” Go To Guys #30

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