The next athletes to enter the NFT space are Pro Football Hall of Famers who also won the Heisman Trophy.
Dubbed the "H2H Legends of Football Collection," it is a collaboration between Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment (which has brand partnerships with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association), content studio Dolphin Entertainment, as well as H2H (a group of players who are both Heisman Trophy winners and Pro Football Hall of Famers). The first drop will be for Raiders legend Tim Brown, who personally worked on the project, particularly selecting moments of his career that are encapsulated in the digital offerings.
“We’ve been intrigued by the story of those legends that have won both the Heisman Trophy and have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a while, as its one of the most incredible accomplishments in professional sports, yet one of the least well known,” executive vice president of business development with Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Scott Langerman told ESPN. “Tim Brown himself was shocked to learn that at the time of his HOF induction he was only the ninth player to achieve this prestigious double honor. We were so intrigued, in fact, that we started developing "The Perfect Ten" to share the story of these amazing athletes, and when we made the decision to launch an NFT business, it seemed like a natural extension of a story about which we were already so passionate.”
The second NFT will be 1 of 100 and will also be a career compilation, including images and stats as you hear a clip from Brown's Hall of Fame speech. The cost for this second NFT is $1,500 each. The person who purchases serial No. 100 will also receive a personalized jersey, choosing between Brown's famous former teams, Notre Dame and the Raiders.
Like many, Brown was confused by NFTs at first.
"It had no concept of what [an NFT] was, you know?" Brown told ESPN. "The best I could come up with was it's digital memorabilia, but still it was way out there man."
Brown noted that he was first made aware of the NFT phenomenon right around the time Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski released collectibles of their own.
Brown admitted he wasn't much of a collector of things throughout his own career, but understands the lucrative nature of both physical and digital collectibles.
"For the fans this is an incredible piece that they can have," Brown said. "Not just for me, but obviously for other guys who are going to be involved in this, I think it's going to be remarkable. A lot of guys are going to look at this as an opportunity to raise money for their foundations and things of that nature because you have some guys out there doing some incredible things [for charity]."
A spokesperson for Dolphin Entertainment said that more announcements regarding other Hall of Famer NFT drops will be coming in the near future. No order of release was given. There are 10 players in history who have won the Heisman Trophy and went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen and Earl Campbell. When asked if O.J. Simpson will also be a part of the collection, the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company responded, “We of course know that OJ Simpson is a part of the “10” and respectfully have no comment at this time.”
The collection will be available on the OpenSea platform from May 17-24 at TimBrownNFTs.com.