Tag Archives: New York Giants

McCoy, Mike (DL)

Card: Cinemark Memorabilia
Acquired: 2021, Future Considerations

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Was a dominant defensive lineman playing for Notre Dame from 1966-1969 finishing 6th in Heisman voting in 1969.
  • Second overall pick of the 1970 draft by the Green Bay Packers.
  • A massive player at the time (6’5″, 290), McCoy’s overall size and strength were his greatest attributes, allowing him to clog the middle of the line.
  • Played both DT and NT.
  • Started day 1 of his rookie year and was named the team’s rookie of the year.
  • Led the team in sacks in both 1973 and 1976.
  • Played for the Raiders (1977/78), Giants (79/80) and the Detroit Lions (1980).

ACCOLADES:

  • Erie, PA Pro Hall of Fame
  • Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

NOTES:

My friend Lance now goes back about 10 years. We met through Fanmail and then later hung out at Houston Fan Fest in 2012. We occasionally meet up for events, with the last one being at the Houston Roughnecks/ Tampa Bay Vipers scrimmage. He’s one of the few that gets it, and we bling each other up out of the blue, such as with this Mike McCoy autograph here.

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Abdullah, Khalid (JMU)

Topps XFL 2020 Certified Autograph Issue, #KHA

Card: Topps XFL 2020 Certified
Acquired: 2020, Box Breaker

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Khalid Abdullah was a tailback for James Madison from 2013-2016.

  • Compiled 15 100 yard games.

  • Finished second all time at JMU in rushing yards with 3678, while setting the school record for rushing TDs (41) and total touchdowns (45).

  • Was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, but was in camp with the New York Giants.

  • Played in the Your Call Football league for team Grit in both 2018 and 2019.

  • Selected by the Washington Defenders during the open phase of the XFL 2020 draft.

  • Ran 11 times for 52 yards, and caught 2 passes for 11 yards.

  • Best game came against LA when he carried 8 times for 47 yards and caught those two passes, but Abdullah was inactive the last two contests.

ACCOLADES:

  • 2017 NCAA Division Championship (FCS) Game MVP

NOTES:

Before the prices went absolutely nuts, I was able to break this card out of an XFL hobby box I bought.

Palmer, Chris

Hartford Colonials 2010 Team Issue

Card: Hartford Colonials 2010 Team Issued Card
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 2/22 Received: 3/11 (17 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Chris Palmer was a QB for Southern Connecticut State from 1969 to 1971.
  • He quickly went into coaching in 1972 seeing stops with Connecticut, Lehigh, and Colgate as a positional coach.
  • After working with the Montreal Concordes of the CFL in 1983, he worked in the USFL with the New Jersey Generals in 84 and 85.
  • Palmer’s first HC gig came in 1986, where he’d work with New Haven, and later Boston University.
  • His first taste of the NFL came with the Houston Oilers in 1990 as a WR coach, before working with the Patriots from 1993-1996.
  • After helping Jacksonville’s offense reach new heights in 97/98, Chris was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1999.
  • He’d work as the OC for the expansion Houston Texans in 2002. A position he’d hold through the 2005 season.
  • Palmer worked with the Cowboys (06) and Giants (07-09) as a QB coach.
  • In 2010 Chris would serve as both the GM and the HC of the Hartford Colonials of the UFL- posting a 3-5 record.
  • Chris spent the next few years working with the Titans, 49ers, and Bills, and in 2019 worked as an AD with New Haven.

ACCOLADES:

  • New Haven Chargers Athletics Hall of Fame 1997

NFL

Coach Chris Palmer, 62 Cafe

NOTES:

Tony Sparano, Romeo Crennel and Ken Whisenhunt are considered children of the Chris Palmer tree. Chris himself is considered an acolyte of the Bill Parcells tree, although an argument could be made he was from the Jack Pardee tree, since he gave him his first professional break at the NFL level with the Oilers. Chris is also considered to be one of the major architects behind the maturation of Eli Manning as a passer. While coaching with the Browns, Palmer appeared as himself on an episode of The Drew Carey Show.

Hi Lee,

Good to hear from you. The Oilers were great! Beating Dallas opening nite was outstanding. The UFL was a fun time.

Love Football,

Chris Palmer

Palmer has always had a fond place in my heart, since he was a coach with the Houston Oilers, and was the OC with the Texans when they beat the Cowboys in their Franchise debut (02). I had been looking for some sort of card of his for years but I gave up sometime ago, when a friend of mine CFLFanInPhilly sent me this card (along with a stack of others) to try to get autographed. I jumped at the chance to add Chris. He added this very nice note and wrote up a play for me as well (52 Cafe).

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