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Saints fans, fashion designers unveil special Super Bowl 50 footballs for charity

Louisiana-born Billy Reid, whose company designs men's and women's clothing, calls this 'our custom Louisiana wild alligator football.' It is one of the Super Bowl 50 footballs designed for an NFL charity auction.
Louisiana-born Billy Reid, whose company designs men's and women's clothing, calls this 'our custom Louisiana wild alligator football.' It is one of the Super Bowl 50 footballs designed for an NFL charity auction. Instagram

Some footballs are not for throwing around the playground.

One such luxury pigskin is from Tiffany and Co., maker of the NFL's Lombardi Trophy. It has 12 pounds of sterling silver and .23 pounds of yellow gold.

It's one of 50 custom-designed footballs for charity and each could go for thousands of dollars.

The NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America showed off their Super Bowl 50 footballs Wednesday night at an event at league headquarters in New York City.

Photos of the footballs created by CFDA members are posted at nfl.com, where I noticed three of the designers are Saints fans: Billy Reid, Whitney Pozgay and Gigi Burris.

Reid is an award-winning designer of men's and women's clothing and one of his shops is on Magazine Street in New Orleans. His company is headquartered in Florence, Ala., and he grew up in Amite, La.

Pozgay designs women's contemporary apparel for her own line, WHIT, and she is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her aunt is designer Kate Spade.

Burris, who grew up in Florida and lives in New York City, launched her own millinery in 2009 and has attracted a celebrity following that includes Lady Gaga.

All the CFDA Super Bowl 50 footballs are up for auction at Proceeds will go to the NFL Foundation, a league charity whose "mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game."

The bidding for each football opened at $500 apiece.The Tiffany football is easily the most popular so far with 30 bids by Friday afternoon. Its highest bid is more than $5,000.

If all the fashion footballs are out of your price range, you can stay at home and watch Super Bowl 50 on CBS for free. The game will be at 5:25 p.m. Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the home of the San Francisco 49ers.

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