On the shoes of some of the players, prior to the pregame introductions and in the stands, Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others killed in last Sunday’s helicopter crash were remembered at the Super Bowl. They were also remembered in the days leading up to the game and now some players who took time to sign autographs for NFL Auctions are helping raise money for the Bryant family’s foundation.
A collection of signed footballs and helmets from this year’s NFL award winners and even the halftime entertainers is being auctioned. According to the league, all proceeds are being directed to the Mamba Sports Foundation “to further Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s legacy In Youth Sports.
Gold 100th anniversary NFL footballs signed by Peyton Manning, 2019 league MVP Lamar Jackson, Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray and fellow players Michael Thomas, Derrick Henry, Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin and even an inscribed ball from Russell Wilson and wife Ciara are on the block. Also up for grabs are helmets from newly elected members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, others from Jackson, Murray, Christian McCaffrey, Adrian Peterson and others. There’s also a Miami Super Bowl helmet autographed by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
More items may be added in the days ahead.
The auction is set to run through February 17 on the NFL Auctions website.