Former NFL players who sign 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.

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 bryjay41@hotmail.com.

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

Tips
• 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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