The Associated Press September 2, 2010, 10:37AM ET

NFL auction to help Gulf Coast region

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 PLC 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.

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