Heisman Highlight: Johnny Rodgers

Heisman Highlight

Name: Johnny Rodgers
Position: Running Back
College: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Class: Senior
Winning Year: 1972 – 38th Award
Official Heisman Profile: Click Here

Interesting Notes: Rodgers was possibly the greatest college football player of all-time when he won the 1972 Heisman…had broken numerous team, conference, and NCAA records that then stood for several decades…was a punt return genius and a reliable deep-threat receiver and versatile back…enjoyed a successful CFL and NFL career…was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1999.

1978 Topps #63

Featured Card: 1978 Topps #63. Starting his professional playing career with the CFL Montreal Alouettes, Rodgers actually had to wait five years before having his first official rookie card, after he joined the NFL San Diego Chargers. Rodgers does not seem to have maintained his fan appeal. There are only a handful of copies of his rookie card available on eBay, and almost all listings are less than $5. There is a PSA 9 listed for $14.97, but there is also a 30-copy lot listed for $18. Interestingly enough, this is the first Heisman Highlight to feature a card I own, although mine is far from mint condition.

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One Response to Heisman Highlight: Johnny Rodgers

  1. Hi, 1st & Goal,

    This is my first post here, though I’ve been digging through your blog archive and loving it, thanks!

    Being a Chargers (and Padres) fan, and now returning to card collecting after a 20+year break after my childhood, it’s fun to see a card I never knew existed. That shared, as I’m sorting out what cards I still have from all those years back, I believe I have a 1977 Chargers set, but no cards from ’78 yet.


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