On Thursday afternoon, former Boise State defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence was preparing for the biggest day of his life: the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Boise State Athletic Department was auctioning off a game-worn No. 8 jersey, Lawrence’s jersey number, on the very same day.
On the auction screen, bidders were enticed by a description of the jersey which stated “Get your hands on a game worn authentic #8 Nike Elite Football jersey from the 2013 season.”
There is no mention of Lawrence anywhere on the page, though he did wear the No. 8 throughout his entire junior season.
“No one said this was Demarcus’ jersey,” an unnamed representative from the Boise State Marketing Department said. “The money raised from auctioning jerseys goes directly into the Athletic Department’s scholarship fund.”
“At the end of the year our equipment managers pull the names off of jerseys,” the representative said. “Former student-athletes each receive one, and rather than keep the rest of them in storage, we are trying to find ways to increase money in our scholarship fund.”
The NFL Draft took place from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.
The Athletic Department’s auction, hosted on BroncoSports.com, concluded on Sunday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time, barring a bid in the final three minutes.
No other jerseys from any other sport at Boise State were being offered.
“We just recently started auctioning jerseys again,” the representative said. “We will look to do this a few more times during the season, and will include additional sports as they become available. We will also look to auction other merchandise and unique items as well.”
Lawrence was drafted in the second round on Friday, May 9 by the Dallas Cowboys.
The defensive end became the seventh second-round pick in Boise State history, and the ninth first or second-round pick since 2006.
Boise State does not have to wait for athletes to leave the school for the university to auction off the jersey; however, it is unknown if a jersey has been auctioned while an athlete was still enrolled at the university.
“There have been a number of jerseys auctioned off in the past, though a list of the numbers has not been kept,” the