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Kluwe-punted football recovered from Pantages ceiling; you can own it

The autographed football punted by Chris Kluwe from the MinnRoast stage has been recovered from the Pantages Theatre ceiling — and is now up for auction.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on the MinnRoast stage, just prior to punting the football into the Pantages ceiling.
Photo by Julie Thorleifson

The autographed soft football punted by Vikings punter Chris Kluwe from the stage of MinnRoast 2013 has been recovered from the upper cove of the Pantages Theatre ceiling.

And this piece of MinnRoast history is now up for auction.

Bids may be submitted by email to Deadline: Monday May 6 at 12 noon Central Time. There is no minimum bid. The highest bidder will be notified by email later on Monday.

Kluwe’s mighty punt and subsequent fall onto the stage floor were captured by MinnPost videographer Steve Date:

The punt was part of Kluwe’s intro to the roast of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

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JoJo Liebeler, MinnRoast producer/director, had asked Kluwe to punt the football. “I watched from the wings as it LODGED — impossibly! — into a piece of crown molding high up where the stained glass ceiling piece is.” Thanks to Steve Olson, Pantages Theatre Operations Coordinator, for the skilled rescue.

Put “Kluwe” in your email subject line, your bid in the message and let the bidding begin.

Editor’s note: All auction proceeds will go to support MinnPost, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota.

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