Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1976 Topps Greg Gantt 1976 Topps 267 Greg Gantt New York Jets punter Alabama Rookie card

Gantt scored one point in his two-year NFL career. He attempted two extra points and made one.
1976 Topps John Ward 1976 Topps 268 John Ward Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard, center Oklahoma State Rookie card

Tampa Bay acquired Ward from the Minnesota Vikings in the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft. Ward played just four games for the Buccaneers, then went to Chicago for the remainder of the 1976 season.
1976 Topps Jim Lash 1976 Topps 271 Jim Lash Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Northwestern Rookie card
1976 Topps Freddie Solomon 1976 Topps 278 Freddie Solomon Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tampa Rookie card
1976 Topps Frank LeMaster 1976 Topps 279 Frank LeMaster Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kentucky Rookie card
1976 Topps Mike Collier 1976 Topps 281 Mike Collier Pittsburgh Steelers running back Morgan State Rookie card
1976 Topps Mitch Hoopes 1976 Topps 283 Mitch Hoopes Dallas Cowboys punter Arizona Rookie card

Hoopes played for four teams in three seasons: Dallas, San Diego, Houston, and Detroit.
1976 Topps Doug Sutherland 1976 Topps 291 Doug Sutherland Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Wisconsin - Superior Rookie card
1976 Topps Marvin Cobb 1976 Topps 292 Marvin Cobb Cincinnati Bengals defensive back USC Rookie card
1976 Topps Rod McNeill 1976 Topps 294 Rod McNeill New Orleans Saints running back USC Rookie card

McNeill played for the Saints in 1974 and 1975. In 1976 he played for the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His brother, Fred McNeill, was a linebacker for 12 seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.
1976 Topps Larry Ball 1976 Topps 297 Larry Ball Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Louisville Rookie card
1976 Topps Ron Howard 1976 Topps 298 Ron Howard Seattle Seahawks tight end Seattle Rookie card
1976 Topps Don Strock 1976 Topps 299 Don Strock Miami Dolphins quarterback Virginia Tech Rookie card

Strock placed ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1972. See the Gallery's page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.
1976 Topps Larry Marshall 1976 Topps 302 Larry Marshall Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Maryland Rookie card
1976 Topps Ray Wersching 1976 Topps 304 Ray Wersching Chicago Bears kicker California Rookie card
1976 Topps Bob Parsons 1976 Topps 306 Bob Parsons Chicago Bears punter, tight end Penn State Rookie card
1976 Topps Godwin Turk 1976 Topps 334 Godwin Turk New York Jets linebacker California, Southern Rookie card
1976 Topps Woody Green 1976 Topps 336 Woody Green Kansas City Chiefs running back Arizona State Rookie card

Green placed eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1973. See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.
1976 Topps Council Rudolph 1976 Topps 338 Council Rudolph Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Kentucky State Rookie card
1976 Topps Joe Lavender 1976 Topps 339 Joe Lavender Philadelphia Eagles defensive back San Diego State Rookie card
1976 Topps Steve Furness 1976 Topps 341 Steve Furness Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle, defensive end Rhode Island Rookie card
1976 Topps Duane Carrell 1976 Topps 343 Duane Carrell Los Angeles Rams punter Florida State Rookie card
1976 Topps Lyle Blackwood 1976 Topps 347 Lyle Blackwood Seattle Seahawks defensive back TCU Rookie card
1976 Topps Terry Hermeling 1976 Topps 349 Terry Hermeling Washington Redskins guard, tackle Nevada Rookie card
1976 Topps Rolland Lawrence 1976 Topps 350 Rolland Lawrence Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tabor Rookie card

Lawrence had 54 punt returns in 1976, most in the NFL.