Legends of the Gridiron: Emmitt Smith

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When: Thu Mar 10 2022 15:00:00 -0500
Platform: OneOf
Type: Fixed Price
Category: Collectible
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The Sports Illustrated x Emmitt Smith drop is the first in the Sports Illustrated collection. Perhaps the most memorable Sports Illustrated cover of all time, the July 1, 1996 issue features Smith like you've never seen him before—relaxing in his pool. In addition to his fan-favorite personality that graces the cover, Smith is widely regarded as the greatest running back of all time. Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Smith amassed countless accolades en route to becoming the game's all time leading rusher. He is the only running back to ever win a championship, league MVP, championship MVP and rushing crown all in the same season.

Appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the most widely distributed sports magazine in America, is a watershed moment in any athlete’s career—suddenly turning a sports moment into a national one and launching an athlete into the collective awareness. Now in the digital age, Sports Illustrated is once again memorializing the next phase in celebrated athletes’ careers—their first time appearing in an NFT.

With blockchain technology making digital collectables possible—and to complement the nostalgia we feel for the bygone era of these football legends—the Sports Illustrated NFT Collection hearkens to the original collectability fads of yesteryear: action figures. Each legend in this collection is a hero to so many, and now as NFTs, they are memorialized as such.

The Sports Illustrated NFT Collection offers three tiers of assets, recreating the cover moment in high fidelity animation of increasing complexity, showcasing the athlete’s signature poses. Bespoke, hand-made iconography of each athlete’s career city complements the packaging to recreate the look and feel of Americana collectable figures.

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