NFL Never played for

by fedoratipper - 252 cards (Last updated on Aug 1, 2020)

1. 2012 Score #295 Joseph Addai

Released on July 25th 2012

2. 2002 Bowman #197 Jeremy Allen

Released on September 1st 2002

3. 2005 Topps Total #524 Derek Anderson

Released on September 20th 2005

4. 1960 Topps #37 Charlie Ane

Retired on March 28th 1960
Thanks to theFalcon

5. 2003 Bowman #253 Curt Anes

Released on August 26th 2003

6. 2003 Bowman #123 Travis Anglin

Released on August 25th 2003

7. 2002 Bowman #40 Reidel Anthony

Released on August 25 2002
Thanks to Rosenort

8. 2014 Topps #253 Champ Bailey

Released on August 30th 2014

9. 1995 Classic NFL Rookies #33 Thomas Bailey

Released on August 28th 1995



Sep 26, 2018 - 6:52AM

Looks like the criteria is not being on the active regular season roster. I can see this list getting extremely large. Card companies start producing cards after the Draft; using training camp photos.  Since team rosters start at 90 players and then are cut to 53 for the regular season, many of those newly drafted players end up being cut.

Ernie DavisEric CrouchJason White

Demetrius DavisSam ManuelJim FinnTevita OfahengaueRyan HoagKevin McMahanTimothy TooneGerald Christian


Sep 26, 2018 - 11:15AM

John Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson never actually played for the Cleveland Browns. After the 1956 season, the San Francisco 49ers traded him to the Detroit Lions for fullback Bill Bowman and defensive back Bill Stits. Ironically, the Lions defeated the Browns in the 1957 NFL Championship Game.

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:52PM

@C2Cigars I figured it would get long. I'll add all of them.

@SunDevilCollection Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add him.

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:24PM

Brock Lesnar has at least one football card as a Viking.

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:39PM

Bobby Garrett - Browns

Dimitrius Underwood - Vikings

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:58PM

@switzr1 Thanks. I'll add all of them.

Oct 1, 2018 - 5:18AM

Bo Wallace was invited, on a try out, to rookie minicamp for the Chiefs, but was not offered a contract afterwards.

Oct 1, 2018 - 12:30PM

@awmckenz Ah, thanks. I'll update it.

Oct 4, 2018 - 8:43AM

Matt Stover, was on Injured Reserve entire 1990 season, signed with Browns in 1991.
Ken McMichel
Elliott Searcy, cut in 1990 pre-season

Oct 4, 2018 - 11:53AM

@C2Cigars Thanks. I'll add all of them.

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:07AM

The Jay Berwanger card is a college card and he did play for the University of Chicago Maroons.

Christian Ferrara, never made the roster

Edited on: Aug 14, 2019 - 8:08AM

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:20PM

Tom Matte never played for the Chargers, according to Pro Football Reference.

Oct 8, 2019 - 11:19AM
Oct 8, 2019 - 7:19PM

@C2Cigars Thanks! I'll add him.

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:14AM

Jeff Graham never played a game for the Atlanta Falcons

Also a note as to the Jesse Lumsden appearance on the list, he also never played for "Ontario University", since it doesn't exist. McMaster University in Hamiton, Ontario is his actual alma mater.

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:06PM

Love this list!  Gotta add my guy Barry Foster.

Traded by the Steelers to Carolina in their first year of 1995, but failed the physical in training camp and was cut.  

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:56PM

One of my prized possessions is the 1966 Philly set, one of the greatest every made.  It includes two guys who never made it for the Falcons, Larry Benz and Frank Lasky.


I looked up Ben Cowins, but he has only college card and none with the pros.  He was at training camp with the '79 Eagles ... someone pointed out Cowins' Cadillac in the parking lot to coach Dick Vermiel, who replied, "I hope it's paid for."

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:25PM

1976 expansion draft guys who never made the team (Topps set) -

Seattle - Joe Owens

Tampa Bay - Ira Gordon, Harold Hart, Durwood Keeton, and Larry Ely


1968 expansion draft guys who never played for the Bengals (Topps set) -

Chris Burford, Dick Van Raaphorst, and Lonnie Wright

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:55PM

1967 expansion draftees who fortunately never played for the Saints (Philly set) -

Charley Bradshaw, Paul Hornung, John Morrow and Bob Scholtz


1966 expansion draftees who never played for the Dolphins (Topps set) -

Jack Spikes and Eddie Wilson

Jul 19, 2020 - 8:46PM

Really cool list, a few new ones to me. Here are a few more I know of's-Choice-Update-U206-Ronnie-Lott

Jul 19, 2020 - 9:15PM

@Rosenort Thank you! Glad you like it. I'll add them. The David Garrard one is already on the list.

Jul 22, 2020 - 7:04PM

1961 Minnesota Vikings (Fleer) who didn't make it:  Perry Richards

1960 Dallas Cowboys (Topps) who didn't make it:  Ed Modzelewski, Charlie Ane, Doyle Nix and Ray Krouse.

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