Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Who is Forrest Gregg?

Heck, I didn’t know until a few weeks ago. And why didn’t I? The easy answer is to say, “because I’m an idiot.” But I think there’s more to it.

Forrest Greg is a hall of fame lineman, mainly for the Packers, but also won a championship for the Super Bowl VI Champion Cowboys, and won 6 world championships. He was on the NFL 75th anniversary team, a 9-time Pro Bowler and was head coach of the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.

So why don’t people know more about him? And not just him, but the entire generation of players who created the NFL.

I think the NFL needs to do more to embrace the history of the league. There should be more anniversary celebrations like the Steelers did a week ago and the way the Lions did with their ’57 championship team.

As collectors, we can do more by requesting these types of guests at autograph shows. Memorabilia show companies are constantly asking for feedback and autograph show requests. Let them hear us, give the suggestions.

What’s worth more to you and to your collection? A mini-helmet autograph of Forrest Gregg or Donald Driver? You can probably guess which one will cost more.

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