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The Mark Sanchez ‘Butt Fumble’ jersey brings $820 at auction

Another view of the play. (Julio Cortez / AP)

Mark Sanchez would like to forget the butt fumble, but that just isn’t going to happen.

Not when someone is willing to pay $820 for the jersey he wore when he made one of the greatest plays of the 2012 season in the New York Jets’ 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving.

“The second I realized what it was I knew I had to have it,” Jets fan Jake Hendrickson told Yahoo Sports. “Almost for macabre reasons; the amount of ridicule I have received from friends regarding that play and me being a diehard Jets fan out in California especially, there’s no way I could let it get in the hands of an anti-fan or something of that manner to be shoved in our face.”

There’s no mention of the butt fumble in the description of the jersey on

Game worn jersey of former University of Southern California Trojan and former New York Jets quarterback #6 Mark Sanchez from the Thanksgiving Night Game vs. the New England Patriots on November 22, 2012. Sanchez threw for 301 yards and a touchdown while wearing this jersey. All proceeds from this item will benefit the Alliance for Lupus Research. Their mission is to prevent, treat and cure lupus through medical research.

(GIF courtesy SB Nation)

And just what does one do with the Butt Fumble jersey?

“For now I’ll probably just frame it up real nice and put it on my wall,” Hendrickson said. “Until we win a Super Bowl or I can get together enough money to put it on a rocket ship and shoot it to outer space because I don’t think it belongs on this planet anymore.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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