SMU Alumni Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1948 Bowman John Clement 1948 Bowman 86 John Clement Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback SMU Rookie card
1948 Leaf Doak Walker 1948 Leaf 4 Doak Walker halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Rookie card

Walker was the second player to win the Heisman Trophy as a junior. The first was Army's Doc Blanchard. Notre Dame's Leon Hart won the Heisman in Walker's senior year, 1949.
1948 Leaf Billy Dewell 1948 Leaf 39 Billy Dewell Chicago Cardinals end SMU Rookie card
1948 Leaf John Clement 1948 Leaf 47 John Clement Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback SMU Rookie card
1948 Leaf Bob Folsom 1948 Leaf 56 Bob Folsom end SMU, Army Rookie card
1948 Topps Magic Photos Doak Walker 1948 Topps Magic Photos 3C Doak Walker halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 PSA 5
1949 Leaf Billy Dewell 1949 Leaf 10 Billy Dewell Chicago Cardinals end SMU ex+
1950 Bowman Doak Walker 1950 Bowman 1 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker led the NFL in scoring in 1950, with 128 points. He was the 1950 rookie of the year.
1950 Bowman Billy Dewell 1950 Bowman 22 Billy Dewell Chicago Cardinals end SMU PSA 8, nm
1950 Topps Felt Backs Dick McKissack (brown) 1950 Topps Felt Backs 55B Dick McKissack (brown) McKissack played in one NFL game, for the Dallas Texans in 1952. See my Cups of Coffee page for cards of other players who appeared in exactly one NFL, AFL, or AAFC game.
Dick McKissack fullback SMU
1950 Topps Felt Backs Dick McKissack (yellow) 1950 Topps Felt Backs 55Y Dick McKissack (yellow)
Dick McKissack fullback SMU
1950 Topps Felt Backs Doak Walker (brown) 1950 Topps Felt Backs 92B Doak Walker (brown) The price guides assign a higher value to the yellow variation, but the brown variation is actually scarcer.
Doak Walker halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1950 Topps Felt Backs 92Y Doak Walker (yellow) Walker scored all of the Lions' 24 points in a win against the Packers in November 1950.
Doak Walker halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1951 Berk Ross Doak Walker 1951 Berk Ross 2-14 Doak Walker halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Hockey player Jack Stewart's card was attached to right side of Walker's.
1951 Bowman Doak Walker 1951 Bowman 25 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker and Bobby Layne were teammates at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. See the Gallery's High School Teammates page.
1951 Topps Magic Dick Hightower 1951 Topps Magic 51 Dick Hightower center SMU
1952 Bowman Large Doak Walker 1952 Bowman Large 3 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 The Lions have retired Walker's jersey number, 37. See the Gallery's retired numbers page for the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams.
1952 Bowman Large Kyle Rote 1952 Bowman Large 28 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964 Rookie card, short print

The Giants chose Rote with the first overall pick in the 1951 NFL draft.
1952 Bowman Large Fred Benners 1952 Bowman Large 93 Fred Benners New York Giants quarterback Sewanee, SMU PSA 8
1952 Bowman Small Doak Walker 1952 Bowman Small 3 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker was an MVP of the Cotton Bowl game in both 1948 and 1949. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
1952 Bowman Small Kyle Rote 1952 Bowman Small 28 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964 Rookie card

Rote finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1950, behind Vic Janowicz.
1952 Bowman Small 93 Fred Benners New York Giants quarterback Sewanee, SMU
1952 Wheaties Doak Walker in Action 1952 Wheaties 9 Doak Walker in Action Walker missed five games because of an injury in 1952. It was the only season he did not make the Pro Bowl. SGC 84
Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1952 Wheaties Doak Walker Portrait 1952 Wheaties 10 Doak Walker Portrait Walker had a 79-yard quick-kick punt in the 1949 Cotton Bowl. His SMU teammate, Kyle Rote, had a 84-yard quick-kick in the same game.
Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1953 Bowman Doak Walker 1953 Bowman 6 Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker was a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1976. He was finally inducted in 1986.