10 March, 2022Print
Sports Illustrated And OneOf Collaborate With Opensea To Launch “Legends Of The Gridiron”
The “Maestro of Mayhem” - Dick Butkus - was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1970. Known as the ultimate "Man in the Middle,” Butkus possessed grit, speed, tenacity and desire which made him one of the game's most competitive players and defined the position of middle linebacker.
Jerry Rice’s collection was inspired by his second Sports Illustrated cover appearance that ran in January of 1990, following an epic performance in a playoff game earlier that month. Rice is known as the most prolific wide receiver in football history and holds every major NFL receiving record.
Twitter Spaces Highlights and Iconic Athlete’s Quotes:
Sports Illustrated hosted a Twitter Spaces this past Sunday to kick off this extraordinary collection and all three athletes joined in - Smith, Butkus and Rice - to talk about their NFTs and their remarkable careers. Listen to the archived version here.
Dick Butkus: “I think these new NFTs will start a new way of collecting. We can’t just lay back and think everything is going to be hunky dory with the future of fans and I think this is another way of getting fans more involved.”
Jerry Rice: “Throughout my career it was all about the fans, it was all about having those fans say ‘look, did you see that catch, did you see that touchdown?!’ This is making it accessible to them to continue those memories.”
Emmitt Smith: “I've had people come up to me and talk to me about that ‘swimsuit’ issue cover. It's funny years later to hear people talk about that one cover and what that one cover meant because I never thought about it from that perspective…I’m blessed to have lived the life that I’ve lived thus far. There are so many great things to come, and that Sports Illustrated cover is one of those things on the list for sure.”
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About Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated (SI) is an unparalleled and influential leader recognized for shaping modern culture and uniting athletes, teams and fans worldwide. At the intersection of sports, lifestyle and entertainment, Sports Illustrated is a 360-degree enterprise that delivers immersive content, innovative digital experiences, unforgettable events, and original products. Its award-winning media outlet brings powerful storytelling to life through probing profiles, up-to-date news and game-day stats on SI.com, social media and the monthly print magazine. For more information, visit SI.com.
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