Emlen Tunnell - 1958 Topps

Emlen Lewis Tunnell (1925-1975) (DB) was the first African-American player for the New York Giants and the first to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tunnell joined the New York Giants in 1948 as a free agent after playing defensive back for the Universities of Toledo and Iowa. He began returning punts for the Giants and made a name for himself as a fierce defender. In his first two seasons, he had 17 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. Due to his uncanny ability to read plays and offenses, he was referred to as the Giants’ “offense on defense.” In 14 seasons with the Giants (1948-1958) and the Packers (1959-1961), Tunnell intercepted 79 passes, compiled 1,282 return yards on picks and returned four for touchdowns. He also recovered 16 fumbles including six in 1952 when he led the league. He twice led the league in punt or kick returns and return yardage and added a touchdown on a league leading 100-yard kick return. He played for the NFL League Championship four times in his career, capturing the title in 1956 with the Giants and in 1961 with the Packers. Emlen was a four-time NFL All-Pro First Team selection and was named to nine NFL Pro Bowls. Emlen Tunnell finished his career with 3,506 all-purpose yards and 60 points of 10 all-purpose touchdowns. Following his playing days, he served as an assistant coach with the New York Giants for nearly a decade. Emlen Tunnell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (97)

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