"It's definitely one of my most prized possessions — a very special day and something I'll remember for the rest of my life," Sharitt told The News.
Sharitt spoke to The News as the University of Utah's new athletic equipment manager and the ball - a football - marked a big win by his previous employer, Louisiana-Monroe, over the University of Alabama.
Sharitt turned to equipment managing after an earlier push as a professional trainer in baseball. Sharitt spent at least two seasons in the minors with the Yankees before he moved on to his new career in sports.
Sharitt served as trainer with short-season Oneonta in 1989 and then single-A Greensboro in 1990. He served in both roles as a student at Livingston University, now West Alabama, where he worked toward a degree in physical education and athletic training.
He previously served as a student athletic trainer for the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers and at the Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic.
Sharitt graduated from Livingston in 1992. He went on to work nine years at Alabama-Birmingham and then as director of athletic equipment at Louisiana-Monroe.
He also served as a clubhouse manager with the Mets at short-season Brooklyn, where he worked 14-hour days.
At Utah, Sharitt helped put his stamp on the school's football helmets as he worked with his assistant to design the school's new football helmets in 2016.
In 2010, he talked helmet safety with FoxSports.
"You can't put a cost on safety," Sharitt told FoxSports. "But there is no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet, either."
- Deseret News, Dec. 22, 2008: Sharitt knows an upset of Alabama
- FoxSports, Oct. 20, 2010: Concussions continue to be concern in football
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