Deflategate Football from AFC Championship Game Auctioned for Nearly $44K

(Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

A bidder shelled out $43,740 for one of the deflated balls the Patriots used during their rout of the Colts in the AFC Championship Game, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. An auction house sold the ball on Saturday morning. The fan who sold it was sitting near the end zone when wide receiver Brandon LaFell handed it to her following a touchdown in the third quarter.

As Rovell notes, the football was not actually inflated below the league minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure when the fan received it. Officials checked the air pressure at halftime, then pumped up the balls to the correct level for the second half. This adjustment did nothing to slow down New England, who scored 28 points in the second half of a 45-7 victory.

In the sports memorabilia market, this is an extremely high price for a football. Rovell says a ball from Super Bowl XXXVI signed by quarterback Tom Brady drew only $4,915 in December, and another from the 1958 NFL Championship Game had a final price tag of $16,730 earlier this year. Deflategate, however, has consumed the NFL world since news of it first broke hours after the AFC Championship Game. The controversy and uncertainty of the situation have brought endless interest and speculation.

The league suspended Brady for two games, fined the club $1 million and took away two draft picks following an extensive investigation into Deflategate by attorney Ted Wells. Brady appealed his suspension and a decision on whether his suspension will change is expected soon.


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