Indianapolis – The NFL Players Association hosted its 7th annual Smocks and Jocks Jazz Brunch and Art auction on Saturday at the Indianapolis Art Gardens. The exclusive event, celebrating creative abilities outside of football, auctioned authentic artwork created by current and former NFL players.
NFL artists included Former NFLer’s Phillip Crosby, Jeff Hatch, Sydney Justin, and George Nock, to name a few. Current NFL artists who displayed their work were Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Dhani Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Andre Collins, former NFL player, current director of NFLPA Former Player Services, and father of Smocks and Jocks believes that the event allows professional ball players to reveal and express who they are off the field.
“Smocks and Jocks shows a different side of the NFL player. The event has become a wonderful way for players to express themselves artistically on the biggest football weekend of the year,” said Collins.
Former Houston Texan Cedric Killings’ photography art seemed to be a favorite, as two of pieces, “The View” and “Still I Stand,” were sold in the auction. Killings’ camera talent is a product of his ability to creatively apply his football skill of attention to details to the world of art.
Other sold pieces included: Andre Collins’ paintings “Indolent Morn’” and “Steven’s Carnival,” Todd Marinovoch’s painting “Tangled Up in Green,” Mike McGraw’s “Hephaestos’ Stampede,” Cory Schlesinger’s painting “Hand Off,” Jeffery Stephenson’s “Hope History,”, and Garo Yepremian’s painting “Color Purple.”
All proceeds from the event were donated to The Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund and VSA Arts of Indiana. The Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund, which was established in 1990, is an organization which is committed to ensuring support to players after the conclusion of their professional football life.
VSA Arts of Indiana is a 30-year old organization that aims to provide Hoosiers living with disabilities the opportunity to be exposed to creative expression through art. Through their programs the organizations aims to expand access, knowledge and skills in the arts to this underrepresented population.
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