The ball that sunk a quarterback (at least for four games) will soon end up in the weird football memorabilia collection of someone with far too much money. Here’s the link to the auction if that person is you.
The legendary ball up for bid is the “the actual touchdown ball handed by quarterback Tom Brady to LaGarrette Blount who ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. Blount dropped the ball while celebrating, where it was picked up by receiver Brandon LeFell who handed it to a fan in the stands.” That fan, who has chosen anonymity, was so moved by this gesture that he immediately started making plans to sell it to the highest bidder.
The auctioneers are Lelands, who specialize in sports memorabilia, and who think that this football is “the most topical piece of sports memorabilia that we can recall selling so close to the event itself.” Lelands was also quick to point out that the ball already “lives in infamy” and that “the historical importance off this piece cannot be understated.”
To be clear, this isn’t a Super Bowl ball, this is one of the deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18 between the New England Patriots and the Indiana Colts at Gillette Stadium. Deflategate controversy aside, the Patriots are still considered one of the odds favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2016.