The gloves that stuck to the ball and gave the Pittsburgh Steelers their sixth Super Bowl win are on the charity auction block.
Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes and Reebok have teamed up in a special fundraising auction. Holmes is giving up the Reebok-made gloves he wore when he hauled in the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. The gloves, now signed by the Ohio State product, are being sold to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., an organization that aims to improve the quality of health, life and services for those affected with sickle cell disease, while promoting the search for a cure.
The auction is now live and will end at 9:59 p.m. ET, Feb. 15th, two weeks to the moment after Holmes Super Bowl-clinching catch, which is being dubbed the “Immaculate Extension.”
Holmes caught nine passes for a total of 131 yards and the crucial, game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. He also accounted for 73 of Pittsburgh’s 78 yards of offense during the final drive of the game. He’s the third straight Reebok-endorsed athlete to be named Super Bowl MVP, following Eli Manning in SB XLII and Peyton Manning in SB XLI.
Holmes’ six-year-old son, Santonio III, has been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, a lifelong incurable disease that causes the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells that impedes the flow of blood through blood vessels.
“The joy of being a Super Bowl Champion and MVP is great, but nothing compares to the joy of being a father,” said Holmes. “I am so proud to be able to help those who struggle on a daily basis with this disease, and I hope the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will use this money to help others impacted by the disease and hopefully lead to finding a cure.”
“Santonio Holmes’ heart is as great as his athleticism,” said Dr. Willarda V. Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Md. "This selfless gesture on behalf of his son and Sickle Cell Disease says a lot about the man both on the field and off. We applaud both him and Reebok for the awareness this gesture will bring to the disease as we continue our commitment to improve the lives of those affected by this devastating disease and to seek a cure.”
Bidding for the gloves being auctioned at santonioholmes10.com had topped $1600 in its first few hours.