Ray Guy is the most famous punter in the history of the NFL, but his recent bankruptcy has tarnished his achievements. During his valuable career, he won three Super Bowl rings. The sad news is that they were auctioned off.
Guy saw his three rings sell for $80,100 this week as part of a bankruptcy filing. An unnamed buyer purchased them from a Los Angeles auction house. The rings, from Super Bowl XI, XV and XVIII, contained 28, 35 and 23 diamonds, respectively.
They were won during Guy’s 14-year NFL career; the first two in Oakland and the final one in 1984 after the team moved to Los Angeles. Strangely, each ring was a different size, suggesting that, like a pair of pants, Super Bowl rings can run big or small. When asked about the sale, The former Raiders punter declined to elaborate.
“I don’t walk to talk about it,” he said. “I’m not trying to be hateful, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
The average price of $26,500 per ring was on the lower side for recent sales of similar items, although the fact that Guy’s were offered as a package had a clear effect on the overall price.
A Super Bowl II ring belonging to Green Bay Packers legend Fuzzy Thurston sold for more than $40,000 earlier this summer. Three years ago, William “The Refrigerator” Perry sold his Super Bowl XX ring for $27,000. It was returned to him earlier this year by a 10-year-old boy who thought the former Chicago Bears star would appreciate having it back.
Perhaps the buyer could do something as generous for Guy. Even though the anonymous buyer owns the precious trophies that unveil an amazing career, they still belong to the punter. In fact, it’s probably the only thing he had left to cherish after his bankruptcy.
Do the right thing: Give them back to Guy.Stay Connected
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