Jay Cutler often gets dogged by frustrated Bears fans, but the quarterback must have had a really rough day March 26 when his autographed football didn’t fetch a single bid at a pet-adoption charity auction.
But there’s a happy ending to the story. A person, who asked to remain anonymous, called the Anti-Cruelty Society on Thursday and offered the $100 starting bid. He planned to pick up the football for his son, a Bears fan, on Friday.
The white, autographed football was one of several items auctioned on the Society’s behalf at the Chosen Man’s Best Friend and Factor Felines fashion show and charity event at Bloomingdale’s on North Michigan Avenue. Most of the other items weren’t sports-related — theater tickets and spa treatments, for example.
The Cutler football, however, was ignored.
“When it came back, I was surprised it didn’t go, but I didn’t think it was because of who signed the football,” said Anti-Cruelty Society president Dr. Robyn Barbiers. She added that the attendees weren’t exactly “a football crowd.”
The winning bidder plans to give the football to his son for his birthday, Barbiers said.
Last year, Cutler’s foundation donated $15,000 to Jackie Robinson West.