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Former NFL players who sign through the mail

Chasing autographs through the mail can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are some success stories of football autographs through the mail.

By Bryan Petrulis

Retired football players are some of the best signers of all professional athletes. With some politeness, accurate postage and a friendly note, you’ll find much success with the individuals below.

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The list below showcases the player’s name, date autograph request was sent, date the autograph request was returned, where it was sent (in this installment, “H” refers to a home address, “O” refers to an office and “S” refers to the team’s arena).

When possible, the autograph request is addressed to the player, in care of the team, and sent to the team’s offices.

For more information on athlete mailing addresses, e-mail

Name Status Date Sent Date Rec Sent To How the Player Signed

Bono, Steve Retired 5/8/17 5/20/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Boozer, Emerson Retired 6/5/17 6/20/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Cappeletti, John Retired 5/8/17 5/22/17 H card in black Sharpie

Carson, Harry Retired 4/10/17 4/28/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Cox, Fred Retired 4/10/17 4/26/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Dutton, John Retired 6/5/17 6/16/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Evans, Vince Retired 6/5/17 6/19/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Givens, Ernest Retired 6/5/17 6/23/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Gostkowski, Stephen Patriots 6/5/17 8/14/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Grogan, Steve Retired 5/8/17 5/31/17 H card in black Sharpie

Joiner, Charlie Retired 4/10/17 4/10/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Lyons, Marty Retired 5/8/17 5/20/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Mullins, Gerry Retired 5/8/17 5/24/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Rozier, Mike Retired 5/8/17 5/18/17 H card in black Sharpie

Schmidt, Joe Retired 6/5/17 6/14/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Seifert, George Retired 6/5/17 6/27/17 H card in black Sharpie

Sims, Billy Retired 4/10/17 6/15/17 H card in blue Sharpie

Smith, John Retired 4/10/17 4/28/17 H card in black Sharpie

Turner, Keena Retired 4/10/17 5/4/17 H card in black Sharpie

Upchurch, Rick Retired 4/10/17 4/17/17 H card in black Sharpie

Waddle, Tom Retired 5/8/17 5/18/17 H card in black Sharpie

Addresses For Former Players Who Sign

Bono, Steve 1100 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301-2216

Boozer, Emerson 25 Windham Dr., Huntington Station, NY 11746-4541

Dutton, John 5706 Moss Creek Trl., Dallas, TX 75252-2380

Givens, Ernest 2530 Sunrise Dr. SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705-3341

Joiner, Charlie 12929 Angosto Way, San Diego, CA 92128-1141

Lyons, Marty 8 White Pine Ct., Smithtown, NY 11787-1199

Mullins, Gerry 127 Spring Valley Road, Valencia, PA 16059-2823

Rozier, Mike 9 Hidden Hollow Lane, Sicklerville, NJ 08081-3910

Schmidt, Joe 226 Norcliff Dr., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-1556

Sims, Billy PO Box 3147, Coppell, TX 75019-9147

Smith, John PO Box 742, Dover, MA 02030-0742

Turner, Keena 8200 W Erb Way, Tracy, CA 95304-8896


• Do not limit yourself to just sending to ex-players’ home addresses or current MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, etc. teams they might be working for.

• Many players have gone on to coaching careers at the college and high school level. Check all levels of college and universities sports websites to see if they have ex-professional athletes on their coaching staffs.

• When writing to current or former players via a college or university, use the athletic department’s mailing address to reach that player.

• Check the athletic department’s staff directory on the school’s sports athletic website to see if an email address is listed. This can be another way to contact the coach you are looking for, to see if they will sign and return you item. You can avoid wasting time, money and effort if they will or do not sign through the mail by contacting them first.

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