NFL auction to help Gulf Coast

The NFL is hosting an online auction of signed memorabilia

through the first week of the regular season to support the New

Orleans Saints’ Gulf Coast Renewal Fund.

The charity auction on the league’s website is among festivities

planned around the opening of the regular season on Sept. 9, when

the Super Bowl champion Saints host the Minnesota Vikings.

Proceeds will help restore Louisiana’s fragile wetlands, which

in the past five years have been severely damaged by major

hurricanes and the recent BP oil spill.

Items in the auction include a Super Bowl helmet signed by Drew

Brees, a Super Bowl football signed by the Saints, and game-worn

jerseys from Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Eli and Peyton Manning, Randy

Moss, Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez.