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    1990 Scott Norwood Super Bowl XXV Game Worn Buffalo Bills Jersey with Player Letter.

    Wide right.

    Those two syllables still hang over the city of Buffalo like a Biblical plague, nearly thirty years after the most infamous kick in NFL history sent the eastern half of the state of New York into rapturous celebration, and the western half into a dark tunnel of despair from which the Bills franchise has yet to emerge.

    Like young love, the capricious nature of sport can either capture your heart or rip it from your chest, the difference between "GOAT" and "goat" as small as the shift of a keyboard or of the trajectory of a single ball. Like Bill Buckner just five years earlier, Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood found himself forever filed under the lower-case heading based upon a single, heartbreaking failure when it mattered most.

    The Silver Anniversary of the Super Bowl had been a thrilling affair until that last moment, treating the 74,000 souls packed into "The Old Sombrero" of Tampa Stadium and a television audience near eighty million to one of the most dramatic of its fifty-four editions to date. The contest was launched by a Whitney Houston national anthem widely considered the greatest ever performed, and for the entirety of the game's sixty minutes every viewer was locked to the edge of his or her seat. The lead changed hands five times before the vain attempt at a sixth condemned the Norwood name to eternal infamy.

    A single kneel-down by Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler after Norwood's miss from forty-seven yards would bring the clock to triple-zeros and conclude the scoring at twenty-to-nineteen in favor of the city folks. Remarkably, the Bills would fight their way back to the Big Game in each of the next three seasons, emerging every time as the AFC Championship bridesmaid, but never the Lombardi Trophy bride. Since falling victim in their fourth consecutive Super Bowl at the close of the 1993 season, the franchise has managed just a single Wild Card game victory in postseason play.

    Presented is the jersey worn by Norwood at the darkest moment in Bills franchise history, spared a champagne soaking by the slimmest of margins. Its supermodel good looks belie its heartbreaking history, the garment bearing a consistent patriotic color theme, right down to the "Champion [size] L" tagging in the tail. Number "11' is screened in red-trimmed blue to chest, sleeves and back, where a solid blue "Norwood" spans the nameplate. The "Super Bowl XXV" patch remains affixed at upper left chest.

    Appropriate kicker's wear is evident, and the garment is matched to an undated photo of Norwood through mesh hole patterning. The photo predates the Super Bowl--no patch--and while attempts were made to match the garment to the infamous Championship contest, no photos were clear enough to provide the necessary data. However a letter from Norwood himself makes that historic attribution, and it is joined by a signed 8x10" photo of the kick, notated "Wide Right."

    Our consignor purchased this jersey from Norwood directly, and it makes its auction debut here. Letter of provenance from Scott Norwood. LOA from Resolution Photomatching (undated image). LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autographed photo). Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph on letter of provenance).

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    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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