Odds are you don’t know the name Konrad Reuland.
He enrolled at Notre Dame in 2006 with dreams of gridiron glory but had no recorded statistics in seven games played. He transferred to Stanford where he caught 27 balls for 351 yards and a touchdown over two seasons.
The tight end went undrafted in 2011 but caught on with four NFL teams over five seasons, mostly practice-squad work, but he did play in 30 games (starting four) for the Jets and Ravens — the last coming in 2015.
But these aren’t the reasons you could now hear his name.
A record-setting time in the 40-yard-dash figured to get Washington WR John Ross some extra attention with collectors this coming football card season.
Thanks to Panini Instant, that football card season starts now.
Panini America launched its 2017 Panini Instant NFL offerings today with a selection of NFL Combine cards that also include autographs from Ross and others.
“They are who we thought they were” may be a sound bite he’s remembered for, but Dennis Green also will be remembered as being what many thought he was.
A pretty decent football coach.
The former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals leader died from an apparent heart attack on Friday at age 67. He last coached a decade ago with the Cardinals, going 5-11 to cap his 13-year coaching resume with 113 wins and 94 losses.
He’s starred on the field, offered up some luck in commercials and even starred in a meme or two with his epic beard, but there’s one thing you might not have known about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
He’s got a book club.
What: 2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate sports cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics: Four autographs or memorabilia cards per two-pack box (eight boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: This brand arrives on the college level for the first time with four cards per pack and the familiar look that we’ve seen in other sports with baseball, football and basketball cards in this release.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.