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Lira, Hugo

CARD: Frankfurt Galaxy Team Issue 2003
ACQUIRED: 2023, Private Acquisition


  • Hugo Lira played gridiron football in Mexico growing up and through college as a runningback at UDLAP from 1998-2002.
  • Joined the NFLE with the Frankfurt Galaxy in 2003 where he was converted to WR.
  • He also spent time on special teams, returning one kick for 33 yards in 2004.
  • Saw the most action in 2005 as a member of the Berlin Thunder.
  • Caught 3 passes for 24 yards, returned 11 kicks for 248 yards, and posted 5 special teams tackles.
  • Spent preseason with the Carolina Panthers in 2005 and was part of final cutdowns.
  • Returned to Mexico and began climbing up the coaching ranks.
  • Spent time at UVM Querétaro (2005–2006), ITESM CEM (2007–2011), ITESM Puebla (2012–2021), and currently is head coach of ITESM CCM (2022–present).
  • Worked with the Mexican squad for the World University American Football Championship helping them earn gold in 2014, ’16, and ’18.

Brown, Jonathan

CARD: Playoff Contenders 2000 European Ticket
ACQUIRED: 2021, Future Considerations


  • Defensive lineman Jonathan Brown played collegially at Tennessee where he helped the Vols win the SEC title in ’97.
  • In that season he had a career high 13.5 sacks- good for second on the school’s all-time list.
  • Over his 4 years at Tennessee, Brown notched 27.5 sacks.
  • Selected in the 3rd round of the 1998 draft by the Green Bay Packers.
  • Released during roster cuts in ’99, and finished the season on the active roster of the Broncos that year.
  • Joined the Berlin Thunder in 2000, recording 10 sacks, 30 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
  • Played for the St. Louis Rams in 2001.
  • Returned to the NFLE in 2003, as a selection of the Amsterdam Admirals.
  • Posted 6.5 sacks and 26 tackles.
  • Took his game to the Arena Football League playing for the Indiana Firebirds.
  • In 2004, Jonathan played for the CFL Argonauts, becoming a fixture at DE for the next 6 seasons.
  • He’d accumulate 50 sacks over his time in Toronto with dual 13 sack seasons in 2005, and 2007.
  • Retired after a final season in BC with the Lions, adding another 4 sacks to his career CFL number.


  • NFLE Defensive MVP 2000
  • All-NFL Europe 2000, ’03
  • CFL All-Star 2005- ’07


Cool looking card here of Jonathan. The green actually works. He’s also got a great autograph for a big man. He really backdoored into a pretty solid career playing in the CFL there.







Gregersen, Marico

CARD: Berlin Thunder BK Team Issue 2001
ACQUIRED: 2021, Private Acquisition


  • Played in the Germany with the Hamburg Silver Eagles and Hamburg Huskies.
  • German National who didn’t play college ball, but was snapped up to play WR for the Berlin Thunder.
  • Spent four seasons with the team from 2000-04.
  • Dressed for 7 games in 2003, and 4 games in 2004 but didn’t record any stats.
  • Pretty much played football year round, and would play for the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes in the off-season, and then later the Hamburg Blue Devils.
  • Spent a year with the Hamburg Eagles in 2007, but after suffering a serious hamstring injury, returned to the Blue Devils in ’08, and again the Baltic Hurricanes in ’09.
  • Played for the Hamburg Huskies from 2011-’14.
  • After playing days ended, moved into coaching and has been a positional coach in the GFL.