Cincinnati Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz Auctioning Rare Memorabilia for Charity

Bengals great Anthony Muñoz has been involved in charitable causes for two decades, and he's giving fans a chance to own a piece of his history.

CINCINNATI — History will be made Sunday night in Las Vegas when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 58.

The night before, history will be sold.

Hunt Auctions and the NFL are collaborating to host the 17th annual Super Bowl Live Auction on Saturday, and former Cincinnati Bengals tackle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz is contributing, donating a number of items to the cause.

That number tops 100.

Bengals Great Anthony Muñoz Auctioning Memorabilia

Muñoz told Fox19 in Cincinnati he was cleaning out his basement and redecorating his man cave when he started going through all the boxes and bins he had accumulated throughout his athletic career.

“I’ve got a bunch of stuff, and it’s only going to stay in these bins down here,” Muñoz said. “They’re probably going to stay in there forever.”

He asked his son and daughter if they had an interest in any of it, and they declined.

“So I said, ‘Let’s have an auction and give people a chance to grab some of this memorabilia’,” Muñoz added.

He’s not giving away the big items, such as his Bengals Ring of Honor jacket or ring or his Pro Football Hall of Fame memorabilia. Most of it is autographed jackets and sweatshirts from his inclusion on so many All-Pro and All-Madden teams.

There are also the commemorative footballs he got after each of his four touchdown catches, his Mackey Award trophy for being the Offensive Lineman of the Year, an autographed Pro Bowl jersey, plus the national championship ring he won at USC as a member of the baseball team.

“It’s just giving somebody an opportunity to get a little piece of history,” Muñoz said. “Hopefully I get some big Bengals fans, some big USC fans, bidding on some of this stuff.”

There also are some items Muñoz was gifted, such as a Raiders helmet autographed by Howie Long and a 49ers helmet autographed by Ronnie Lott.

Muñoz has been making a charitable impact in Cincinnati since founding the Anthony Muñoz Foundation in 2002. The organization raises money to award “life-changing scholarships” to students from at-risk populations across the tri-state area.

Auctioning so many memorabilia items from his career is just the next step for Muñoz to give back.

While the live auction will take place the night before the Super Bowl, Hunt Auctions currently is accepting pre-bidding online.

“The memories I have from my time within the NFL as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals are something I will never forget,” Muñoz said in a press release from Hunt Auctions. “Bengals fans and the city of Cincinnati have been there for me both during my career and after, to which I will always be grateful.

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“My time spent at USC and the relationships developed with alumni and fans alike are equally meaningful to me. The Super Bowl seemed like the ideal place to share a few items from my personal collection with the fans and to contribute to NFL Auction charities.”

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