As previously threatened... an American Football vector study of the one and only Hines Ward! (Go Stillers).
Usual methodology - dozens of layers of mesh, topped off with straight line work detailing, including the stitching (Edit, I used multiple gradient fills to add texture the ball). The main image was from picturtepush.com while the autograph was posted online by a grateful fan who had received it from the man himself. The background was taken from another image and rendered in B/W in order not to detract from the central study. Oh, and his name was done with the type tool.
Respect to FrankWyte81 whose rendition of Matt Ryan inspired me to try my hand at a gridiron piece.