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

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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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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