JACKSONVILLE, FL (MARCH 16, 2021) – Fanatics, a global leader for officially licensed sports merchandise and memorabilia, today announced exclusive multi-year partnerships with NFL legends Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Charles Woodson, who will join its roster of elite current and former athletes housed under the company’s memorabilia and collectibles division, Fanatics Authentic.
Under these new partnerships, Fanatics will become the sole distributor of a robust assortment of prestigious autographs, collectibles and memorabilia from all three NFL legends. These significantly expanded collections will feature a wide range of products including autographed footballs, jerseys, helmets and photos that span the illustrious careers of Montana, Rice and Woodson.
“Fanatics prides themselves on authenticity, something that is very important to me given my strong connection to the fans throughout my entire playing career and beyond,” said Montana. “They are hands down the brand that I wanted to exclusively partner with for all of my autographs and collectibles moving forward.”
Joe Montana boasts an undefeated Super Bowl record. A 16-year NFL veteran, Montana spent the majority of his career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers where he won four Super Bowls, named MVP in three of those, and has his number 16 retired by the team. An inductee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Montana was voted to the Pro Bowl eight times, an All-Pro six and named the NFL’s MVP twice.
Montana, Rice and Woodson join Fanatics star-studded roster of exclusive current and former athletes across all sports including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch, Zion Williamson, Aaron Judge, Pete Alonso, Sabrina Ionescu, Joe Burrow, Chase Young, Alexander Ovechkin and many more.
“Joe and I formed one of the most prolific duos in the history of football, and I am excited to be teammates with him again at Fanatics,” said Rice. “Their commitment to this business has positioned them as the industry’s preeminent leader, and I am confident they’ll create an incredible shopping experience for fans everywhere.”
Jerry Rice is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver in NFL history. A 20-year NFL veteran, Rice spent the majority of his career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers where he won three Super Bowls and has his number 80 retired. An inductee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rice was voted to the Pro Bowl 13 times, named an All-Pro 12 times, and was NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice.
“Fanatics is the true leader in the memorabilia and collectibles industry, and I’m really looking forward to what this partnership will mean for the fans” said Woodson. “I was overwhelmed when my name was called to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, and this was the perfect time for me to team up with Fanatics and bring the fans incredible memorabilia products.”
Woodson played collegiately at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a National Championship in 1997 and became the first and only non-offensive player to ever be awarded the Heisman Trophy. Throughout his 18-year NFL career as a member of the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers, Woodson was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, named an All- Pro eight and selected as the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. A Super Bowl XLV Champion, Woodson will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 Class.
“To welcome three Pro Football Hall of Fame members and some of the most accomplished players in the history of the game is incredibly exciting,” said Fanatics executive vice president Victor Shaffer. “These legends have built extremely loyal fanbases throughout their careers, and it will be great to now provide an expanded assortment of memorabilia products including new releases the market has never seen.”
Fans can shop the full collection products across the Fanatics network of online stores including Fanatics.com, FanaticsAuthentic.com and NFLShop.com.