Rookie Football Cards
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1978 Topps||26||David Hill||Detroit Lions||tight end||Texas A and M - Kingsville||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||32||Robin Earl||Chicago Bears||fullback, tight end||Washington||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||42||Gary Green||Kansas City Chiefs||defensive back||Baylor||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||54||Gary Shirk||New York Giants||tight end||Morehead State||Rookie card
Shirk played for the World Football League's Memphis Southmen in 1974 and 1975.
|1978 Topps||57||Mario Clark||Buffalo Bills||defensive back||Oregon||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||63||Johnny Rodgers||San Diego Chargers||wide receiver||Nebraska||Heisman Trophy 1972, College Hall of Fame 2000||Rookie card
Rodgers played for the Montreal Aloutettes from 1973 to 1976. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie award in 1973.
|1978 Topps||66||Fred Steinfort||Atlanta Falcons||kicker||Boston College||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||74||Billy Brooks||Cincinnati Bengals||wide receiver||Oklahoma||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||92||Tom Hicks||Chicago Bears||linebacker||Illinois||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||96||Norris Thomas||Miami Dolphins||defensive back||Southern Mississippi||Rookie card
The back of this card says that Thomas is the nephew of Jim Marsalis. Marsalis played for the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.
|1978 Topps||97||Gary Barbaro||Kansas City Chiefs||defensive back||Nicholls State||Rookie card
Barbaro had a 102-yard interception return in 1977, longest in the NFL.
|1978 Topps||101||Abdul Salaam||New York Jets||defensive tackle||Kent State||Rookie card
Salaam changed his name from Larry Faulk to Abdul Salaam in 1977.
|1978 Topps||102||Marv Kellum||St. Louis Cardinals||linebacker||Wichita State||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||113||Tony Peters||Cleveland Browns||defensive back||Oklahoma||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||116||Steve Nelson||New England Patriots||linebacker||Augsburg, North Dakota State||Patriots Hall of Fame 1993||Rookie card
The Patriots have retired Nelson's number, 57.
|1978 Topps||122||Rolf Benirschke||San Diego Chargers||kicker||California-Davis||Chargers Hall of Fame 1997||Rookie card
Benirschke hosted the daytime version of Wheel of Fortune in 1989.
|1978 Topps||123||Haskel Stanback||Atlanta Falcons||running back||Tennessee||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||126||Rick Kane||Detroit Lions||running back||Oregon, San Jose State||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||139||Jimmy Robinson||New York Giants||wide receiver||Georgia Tech||Rookie card
Robinson is currently the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
|1978 Topps||141||Marvin Powell||New York Jets||tackle||USC||College Hall of Fame 1994||Rookie card
Powell's son, Marvin Powell III, was a fullback for the New Orleans Saints in 1999.
|1978 Topps||144||Rob Lytle||Denver Broncos||running back||Michigan||College Hall of Fame 2015||Rookie card
Lytle finished third in voting for the 1976 Heisman Trophy. See the Gallery's football cards of Heisman candidates page.
|1978 Topps||146||Morris Owens||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||wide receiver||Arizona State||Rookie card
Owens caught the first touchdown pass in Tampa Bay franchise history, a one-yarder from Louis Carter. He was the Buccaneers' leading receiver in 1976, 1977, and 1978.
|1978 Topps||152||Mike Williams||San Diego Chargers||defensive back||LSU||Rookie card|
|1978 Topps||158||Raymond Clayborn||New England Patriots||defensive back||Texas||Rookie card
Clayborn intercepted 36 passes with the Patriots, a team record he shares with Ty Law.
|1978 Topps||176||Willie Parker||Buffalo Bills||center, guard||North Texas||Rookie card|