Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Takk McKinley, who saw his dreadlock auctioned off on eBay for five figures, said he would have paid up to $3,000 to get it back.

"I wanted my hair back, so I probably would have went to about $3,000," McKinley said. "That was it for me."

McKinley's lost dreadlock became a national headline when an unidentified man found it at Ford Field after the Falcons' 30-26 triumph over the Detroit Lions. The eBay user then auctioned off the dreadlock, and McKinley played along with the bidding via Twitter, re-tweeting the initial post and then providing updates on what bids were made.

Eventually, the folks at eBay removed the item and stopped the bidding, apparently with no actual takers.

"I honestly thought I was going to buy it for like $20," McKinley said. "When I saw it was $1 and $5 shipping, I was like, 'Man, that don't make no sense.' Then I tweeted about it, and it went to $50. Then $100. And then I'm like, 'What the heck is going on?' Then it got to the thousands. Then $5,000.

"The final [price] was like $11,000. And I was like, 'You know what? Nobody's going to outbid me. I'm getting my hair back.' I thought about it. But once it got to $11,000, I was like, 'Man, y'all can have that hair.'"