Dec 14, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT
You no doubt remember former New England Patriots cornerback Brock Williams, who pawned his Super Bowl ring a few years ago for $2,000. Williams never played for the mercurial Patriots that season, tearing a knee ligament in training camp and riding out the season on the practice squad. But he still got a ring, as I was reminded when poking around the History Channel’s web site and seeing a video for its show Pawn Stars. Rick Harrison, the Las Vegas pawn shop owner who took possession of the ring as collateral for a $2,000 loan, still has the thing, and is still showing it off in a revolving display case at the front of the store. Is it just me, or is that a little creepy and distasteful, considering the circumstances?
In the video on the Pawn Stars site, Harrison proudly displays the ring he obtained from “a player,” which he says he probably won’t sell unless someone offers him “a ridiculous amount of money.” How ridiculous? About $100,000.
Although in the video, Harrison turns the ring to clearly show the name “Williams” engraved on one side, he won’t mention the name out loud. Make of that what you will.
From the Boston Herald:
“He was offered $15,000 to sell it, but he said no. He just borrowed some money and never came back,” said Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on the Las Vegas Strip.
The ring is 4-karat white gold and encrusted with 143 diamonds, as well as garnets and sapphires. The whole thing greatly exceeded the NFL limit on expense, but the Patriots just ignored the rules and cranked out what was at the time the league’s most elaborate bling. Another ring from the set was auctioned for $37,511 in 2008.
It’s all fun and reality show fodder until you consider that Williams is now disabled due to bum knees, and living on his NFL pension.
The Pats drafted him in 2001 when he was a senior at the University of Notre Dame, but a knee ligament he tore in training camp kept him sidelined the entire season. The brother of retired Baltimore Ravens cornerback John Williams, 34, went on to play for the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, but his bum knee kept bringing him down.
“He never had a chance,” his mother said. “Football was his life. That’s all Brock knew. I guess the money ran out.”
“It would be a miracle if we could get this ring back. It would be a godsend.”
I have a feeling, however, that God does not hang out in Vegas pawn shops. I’ve never seen Pawn Stars, but it sounds like the kind of show that requires a shower after each viewing.
Video: Brock Williams Super Bowl ring [Pawn Stars]
Patriot pawned his super bling [Boston Herald]
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