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Brock Williams' 2001 Super Bowl ring still resides in Las Vegas

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.
Video here.
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.
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Video: Brock Williams Super Bowl ring [Pawn Stars]
Patriot pawned his super bling [Boston Herald]

  1. smokehouse - Dec 14, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    No shower needed. I find the show very entertaining. Of course, I am an antiques dealer by profession.
    I do have a heart however. An old man came to my shop and wanted to sell me 4 identical old shotgun shell boxes. I knew he needed the money so I bought them. I sold three of them for a small profit and had a customer lined up for the fourth when he cam in as asked me to sell him back the remaining box. I gave it to him. Result: I lost about $150 on the deal.
    Rick is in business. If you never had to meet payroll and run a business you should keep your thoughts to yourself. I have seen him buy items from sellers that I would have never given half the amount for. And I know he was stuck with them.

  2. JohnIdon'tcare - Dec 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Why is it when bad things happen to athletes the world cries? He signed and NFL contract got hurt and can’t play but has a pension and a Notre Dame education. No one made him pawn his ring, if an average joe has to pawn anything and can’t pay back the loan no one cries for him. Maybe if he took

  3. dustindont care - Jan 4, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    I agree with john, Boo freakin who. He had all of his schooling paid for and on top of that gets paid pension for doing absolutely nothing. I still haven’t been able to finish school because of financial problems and have had to sell many things. You should do a story on me too. Give me a freaking break. This story is a joke, He didn’t deserve the ring in the first place he sat the damn bench! That’s like getting a bonus at work on your first day because your branch hit a quota. You should feel like a jackass for writing this story.

  4. Carl Abrams - Jan 6, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Sad…. he must have been desperate. A Super Bowl ring! Sell it back to him, if he gets the money.

  5. alex - Jan 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Brock Williams is a loser! “He never had a chance,” his mother said. “Football was his life. That’s all Brock knew. I guess the money ran out.”.. I GUESS THE MONEY RAN OUT!! you have to be kidding me. BROCK WILLIAMS went to a top notch school, sign an NFL contracts and now is broke living on the NFL pension. Come on Brock you’re in your early 30′s get a job!!

  6. Zig2K - Apr 16, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    He does not have a pension..you need to play 3 COMPLETE years in the NFL to qualify. As for th ND education, do you REALLY think he even went to class??? Please -http://www.askmen.com/sports/business_100/109_sports_business.html

  7. mckingchocolate - May 28, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    AMEN!

  8. Angela - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    He Did Play for more than 3 Years! Know what your talkin about before you reply. He played for the Bears & Raiders afterwards.

  9. Medicfl1 - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    First and above all, we are human. That by nature makes us care about another individual. Free college, Nfl 10 games played with the Bears, Pension?, Good for him. Does an acl hurt? I don’t know I lost all cartilage and went bone on bone from 1989-2006 when i finally had insurance to get a knee replacement. I have been in Emergency medical servicer since 1993 and have never worked for a fire department, which means i never sat on my but all day. Today I’m the proud owner of 4 fused disc’s L-3,L-4,L-5 & S-1. As a Paramedic i took fist fulls of liver death called Ibuprofen, not drug’s. I hung my swollen leg up to the top bunk when i could. I was strapped with girls/women for partners so i did all the lifting. Why? Because i had to feed my mortgage and two kids. I have lived a life of pain; one where doctors are scared to give you drugs for fear of the FTC or AMA coming down on them. We do what we must, when we thing we have it bad, look at the guy with the failing heart. Brock deserves nothing more than you or me. Get back to Work. By the way, i lost everything because it took 2.5 years to get a disability hearing. But don’t cry for me; there’s poor people like Brock and his 6 brothers out there on the corner.

  10. unrealposts... - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    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.
    Half these posts are as bad as the article!! First, journalistic comments without knowledge… Pawn Stars…showers? I need a shower after reading this story thinking you actually get paid to write anything.
    Second he does qualify for a disability pension the 3 year rule does not apply with a permanent injury. He received a 4-5 year contract and a signing bonus since he was drafted in the third round in 2001 it would have been a decent contract. The Bears and Raiders player was his brother….think a few of you need to either go back and reread the story or back to school to learn how.

  11. markus242005 - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Hey uneducated, Brock Williams played for the Pats ’01-’02 for the Raiders from ’02-’03 for the Bears from ’03-’04 and then the Raiders again from ’04-’05… way to call out other commenters without knowing actual facts… dopey.