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Santonio Holmes game-winning gloves brings in $70,200 for charity

February 17, 2009 |  6:00 pm

Santonio_holmes The gloves worn by Pittsburgh Steelers Santonio Holmes when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLIII were solf for $70,200 in a charity auction.

Holmes was named the game's most valuable player after the Steelers captured an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title by defeating Arizona thanks to Holmes' catch.

The Sickle Cell Disease Assn. of America is the beneficiary -- Holmes' 6-year-old son, Santonio III, has the blood disease.

Bidding for the black-and-gold Reebok gloves doubled in the last hour of the auction, which wrapped up on Sunday. A total of 163 bids were placed.

"I’m so happy that I was able to help the Sickle Cell Disease Assn. of America, going on television and radio to talk about the devastating effects of the disease and raising such a fantastic sum of money to help other families," Holmes said in a statement released today. "It is difficult for me to see my son struggle with the disease and I hope that the money from this auction can help other families."

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: The gloved hands of Santonio Holmes holds on to the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images

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