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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lawrence Phillips, Meet Brock Williams

The second that I started to read the following story a certain former Husker immediately came to mind. Yep, it's Lawrence Phillips and he might have actually been out done here.

A report just surfaced yesterday from the Boston Herald that ex-Patriot Brock Williams, a DB from Notre Dame, swapped his 2002 Super Bowl Ring for $2,000 dollars at a Las Vegas pawn shop.

""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.

Despite “serious offers of $60,000 for it,” Harrison, who took ownership of the ring when Brock Williams failed to claim it after 120 days, has only teased it on eBay for more than $100,000.

“I don’t plan on actually selling it,” Harrison said. “It is worth more just from the people who come in my shop to see it.”

Harrison said the Patriots' historic 20-17 defeat of the St. Louis Rams is “the most desirable Super Bowl ring there is” because it marked the first time it was made from 14-karat white gold and encrusted with an astounding 143 diamonds."

First off, Rick Harrison is full of shit. On February 3rd, he sold the ring on ebay for $100,100.00.
Secondly, Brock Williams turned down $15,000 of cold cash for a $2,000 loan which he forgot about after 120 days? Jackpot, Rick!

If you recall back in 2004, Lawrence Phillips stumbled into a Las Vegas pawn shop and sold a Big 8 Championship ring for $20.

"He said he (Phillips) was stuck in Las Vegas," said Steve Gibson, owner of Steve's Buy & Sell, 625 Las Vegas Blvd. South. "He said, `I need to get out of town.' "

Gibson, who turned around and sold the ring on eBay for $1,700, said he tried to talk Phillips out of selling it. "I thought about not giving him $20, but he would have just walked down the street and sold it."

Phillips told Gibson he tried to hawk the ring "at every pawnshop from Tropicana to downtown," but nobody was interested because it was not gold.

"His name was on the side of the ring, but I didn't believe it was him until I saw his driver's license," Gibson said."

Although many athletes turn around and sell their championship rings, not many stoop so low as to stumble into a few pawn shops on the Las Vegas Strip and hand their rings over for pocket change. To me, this is a virtual dead heat for stupidity. The biggest question I have is why did Phillips have only one Big 8 ring with him? Where were his other two Big 8 rings and two National Championship rings? He should have a been walking out of Steve's Buy & Sell with a few Benjamins instead of only one Jackson.

Anyhow, I was wondering who the guy is that paid over a $100 grand for the Super Bowl ring is. And since we are on the subject, I found this Big 8 ring at TJ's Collectibles (L.P.'s ??) that says it has already sold (but that I can add it to my wish list, if I want!) I also found three college football National Championship rings on the website. A 1999 Florida State National Championship ring, a 1986 Penn State National Championship ring, and a 1975 Oklahoma National Championship all go for exactly $4,750. did an interview with Jesse Kosch last fall. Jesse and his father, Bill, own all 5 of Nebraska's National Championship rings between the two of them. Now, imagine if the Kosch family were to put one of these rings up for sale. I ask you the all-important question...