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Colts auctioning off football to be used on kickoff in Broncos game

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

The Colts are auctioning off a kickoff ball that will be used in Sunday's Broncos game. (USATSI)
The Colts are auctioning off a kickoff ball that will be used in Sunday's Broncos game. (USATSI)

If you have $500 and you want a unique souvenir from Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis, then the Colts have the perfect item for you: a kickoff ball. That's a football that will be used on a kickoff during Sunday night's game between the Broncos and Colts.

The Colts Pro Shop is holding an auction for the game-used football and you can bid until Monday at 8 p.m. ET. The opening bid is $500.

Now you might be asking yourself, "Is $500 worth it for a football that Peyton Manning won't even touch because it's a kickoff ball?"

The answer to that question is yes and no. If the auctioned football is used on the opening kickoff, then it seems like it would be a cooler souvenir than a ball used on a kickoff after a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter of a blowout game.

Also, we can probably agree that a football kicked off by Indy's Adam Vinatieri would be way cooler to own than a football kicked off by Denver's Matt Prater. Nothing against Prater, but Vinatieri is a kicking legend who might one day have a chance of making it into the Hall-of-Fame. But Vinatieri probably won't touch the ball either because punter Pat McAfee handles kickoffs for the Colts.

The ball would also probably be worth paying $500 for if the kickoff is returned for a touchdown. Of course, if you want to own an NFL football, but don't want to spend $500, you can always go to Amazon.com and buy one for $59.97, but that one won't have been used in a game.

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