Auburn has gained possession of football owned by Alabama that’s probably worth $50,000 now and may be valued at $100,000 if the Tigers win the national championship.
You know which football this is.
It’s the one that was in the hands of Auburn’s Chris Davis, who returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown with no time on the clock in a miracle win over the Alabama dynasty.
Technically, the ball is owned by Alabama because in the SEC, just like the rest of the college football, teams use their own footballs on offense, including field goals. On the historic play, Alabama used its own football to attempt a 57-yard field goal.
Here’s where it gets interesting: During the wild celebration when fans rushed the field, an Auburn ball boy located and gained possession of the ball, according Bloomberg.com.
Technically the ball is still is owned by Alabama, but a spokesman for the Crimson Tide told the website that “I don’t think they would try to get the ball back.”
How’s that for gamesmanship in an intense rivalry?
And why is that a big deal? Most importantly, because that’s a ball that will live in infamy in Auburn football for maybe the best ending ever for a college game.
Oh, and there’s a money angle, too – although we doubt that football will ever be sold.
One sports memorabilia owner told Bloomberg that the football is worth around $50,000 now but could push to $100,000 if Auburn wins the national championship.
An Auburn spokesman tweeted that the football will be displayed at the school’s athletic museum.