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Howard Schnellenberger Signed Game-Used Football 1984 Orange Bowl Miami Hurricanes – COA JSA & 100% Authentic TeamGo Back
Winning Bid: $665.50
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Auction ends: August 15, 2021 12:20 AM
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Howard Schnellenberger coached Miami to a national championship in 1983, defeating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Following the season, Schnellenberger resigned to become part-owner, president, general manager and head coach of The Spirit of Miami of the United States Football League—a relocated Washington Federals franchise. In August, however, the USFL announced that it would shift to a fall schedule. The owner-to-be for the Federals backed out of the deal, knowing he could not hope to compete head-to-head with the Miami Dolphins.
The 1984 Orange Bowl was the 50th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on Monday, January 2. Part of the 1983–84 bowl game season, it matched the undefeated and top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference and the #5 independent Miami Hurricanes. The game is famous for a coaching call by Nebraska’s Tom Osborne after a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, where instead of playing for a tie with an extra point kick the Cornhuskers went for a two-point conversion to try and take the lead.
Despite being the designated away team in their home stadium, Miami, a heavy underdog, emerged victorious by a final count of 31-30. Thanks to results of bowls played earlier in the day, the victory enabled the Hurricanes to leapfrog Nebraska in the polls and become national champion for 1983.
Howard Schnellenberger, who had helped build the Miami football program into a contender for national championships, resigned shortly after the game. He did so to pursue a head coaching opportunity in the United States Football League, which was looking to place a team in Miami; this never came to fruition.
This game used football from that very famous 1984 Orange Bowl originates from a team source. Interestingly, this Wilson football is an Official NFL (Rozelle). Most likely as a cost saver, it was very common in that ’80’s era to use NFL game footballs for college games.
However, what makes it special and distinct for use in this game is the stamping which reads on the ball in black, “ORANGE BOWL – JANUARY 2, 1984 – 50TH ANIVERSARY” and the noticeable continuation of the white striping on the Wilson Rozelle panel. The ball shows indications of soling from the field on the panels as well as the laces. The ball is not holding air.
The main highlight is that Schellenberger autographed the football for the team source as a shared memento from the game. Shellenberger’s autograph as well as the lengthy inscription highlighting the score of the game is in black felt tip (“8”), “Best Wishes – Orange Bowl 1984 – Miami 31 Neb 30”.
The football is a wonderful stepping stone item that was part of Hurricanes history. With every record passed, yard gained and touchdown celebrated the team as well as the coach were extraordinary. It is wonderfully displayable and a true piece of history.
Authentication: JSA Basic Cert & Sticker & 100% Authentic Team
Howard Schnellenberger Signed Game-Used Football