Super bowl Rings
Some athletes work their entire lives to reach the pinnacle of winning a world championship. Even some of the best individual players in history who haven’t won championships long for the taste of success that comes with being the best in the world. However, as much as it means to some, to others winning a championship is merely another achievement and the accolades that come with it can easily be sold for cold-hard cash. Here are some superstar football players who helped their teams win a Super Bowl, only to turn around and sell their championship ring.
In the case of Berry, one can understand why he might’ve sold his Super Bowl ring. After not being a truly influential player on the Ravens Super Bowl win in 2013, Berry was cut before the following season began and needed the money. Not only that, but in 2013 he was on the injured reserve for much of the season and hardly had much of an impact. However, you have to wonder for someone who may not play in the NFL again would value the money over a memento that would last the remainder of his life.
The story for Je’Rod Cherry is much more of a cheery one. Instead of selling it, Cherry auctioned off one of his three Super Bowl rings that he earned as a member of the New England Patriots, and put the proceeds towards charity. The ring fetched nearly $150,000 and he still had two more to keep close to him at night.
Manley was a member of the Washington Redskins when they won Super Bowl XVII. The rumor is that Manley sold his ring in 1998 to buy cocaine. The irony of this story is that nearly 20-years later, Manley was able to gain possession of his ring back. The person who had it, John O’Quinn, left instructions after he died that Manley could once again have his ring after he was drug free. Once Manley was able to become sober, he was given his ring back.
Ray Guy was able to win three Super Bowls as a member of the Oakland Raiders. However, he sold all of them for a total of $96,000. Guy was known as one of the most sure-footed punters of all time and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, for a guy who didn’t make the type of salary that players make nowadays, the money was the way to go.
Williams won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2001. However, after having a shortened, and lackluster, career, he ended up pawning the ring off. The ring was shown on a popular reality TV show about pawn stores, which said the ring was on sale for $100,000.
There are plenty of players who have decided to pawn their Super Bowl rings at shops like Deerfield Pawnbrokers for various purposes. It just goes to show that for some it’s a sign of achievement, while others it’s just a commodity to sell.