A quarterback's grip on the football is as unique as his fingerprint. The HANDS OF THE GODS collection comes from an idea John Costacos had more than 30 years ago after shooting the Jerry Rice Goldfingers poster in which Jerry’s hands were painted gold. Costacos tells the story: “His hands looked so cool in gold that we actually thought about shooting a second poster of just Jerry’s gold hands holding a football, but we never got it done. When I recently looked through the archives and saw Jerry’s photos again, a light went on in my head. I thought, ‘We gotta get the guys’ handprints on some footballs!’” At that moment, HANDS OF THE GODS was born. For this piece, Jim McMahon’s handprint was captured by John at Jim’s house in Scottsdale.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Assistance Foundation, an organization that assists HOF members and their families.