A college football memorabilia nut might go crazy over an amazing gesture from LSU and South Carolina.
Both universities will auction off signed memorabilia from this year’s game between the Tigers and the Gamecocks with all proceeds going toward the relief fund for flood victims across South Carolina, according to an LSU press release.
The package includes a signed Leonard Fournette jersey, an LSU helmet signed by coach Les Miles and a South Carolina helmet signed by former Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. Each of the three items were worn during LSU’s 45-24 victory over South Carolina on Oct. 10.
South Carolina was forced to move that game from Columbia, S.C. to Baton Rouge, La. after floods debilitated portions of the state. LSU showed true class and hospitality in a variety of ways. The band played South Carolina’s alma mater and fight song during its pregame show, LSU handed the keys to Tiger Stadium to South Carolina representatives and LSU even flew the Gamecocks out on its own charter plane and greeted the Gamecocks with a barbeque lunch.
Fournette put the cherry on top of what was an incredibly heartfelt weekend for everyone involved. The Heisman Trophy candidate read a statement during a postgame interview and announced that he would auction off his jersey to help out the victims of the South Carolina floods. The NCAA approved the gesture hours later.
“Having been through a similar situation with my family during Hurricane Katrina when I was 10 years old, this is something that I wanted to do to help those in need,” Fournette said in the release. “The generosity of people helped my family make it through Hurricane Katrina. I’m hopeful that the money raised with this auction can make a difference for those flood victims in South Carolina.”
The auction will begin on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. ET and will conclude at noon E.T. on Monday, Nov. 11. Bidding will start at $7,000 and anyone interested can place a bid at LSUauction.net or LSUsports.net.