June 11, 2018

May was a very unkind month for Giants’ long snapper Zak DeOssie, having lost both of his Super Bowl rings:

New York Giants Super Bowl rings lost and missing

If you, a close friend, or relative have ever left something valuable on the roof of your car and then drove off, you can probably feel the pain that Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie felt last month when the same thing happened to him.

DeOssie’s two player Super Bowl rings (like the two shown above) that he won with the Giants suffered that same fate.

On May 2, DeOssie hosted a charity event with his wife, where he showed off his two Super Bowl rings to attendees. DeOssie, who’s currently a team captain, has been with the Giants since his rookie year in 2007.

After he got home from the event, DeOssie realized he didn’t have his two Super Bowl rings. He then contacted the police. DeOssie wasn’t sure if the Super Bowl rings had been stolen, so he had the Summit (N.J.) Police Department open an investigation.

During the investigation, everyone eventually realized what had occurred: DeOssie had left both Super Bowl rings, valued at a total of $34,000 (but worth much more to him and to the sports memorabilia market place), on top of his automobile.

The good news is that this story has a partially happy ending.

In a supplementary police report that was obtained by Deadspin, the reporting police officer noted that a man who had been walking his dog on May 3 — the morning after DeOssie lost his two Super bowl rings — noticed shattered glass on the ground. When the man went to pick up the glass, he saw a “small box with a ring under it.” At that point, the man realized that it was a Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring.

Since the championship ring had DeOssie’s name on the side, it was easy for him to help DeOssie get reunited with his Super bowl ring. According to the police report, the ring had an estimated value of $19,000 (again, this is the Jewelry cost, not the memorabilia value).

As for the other championship ring, it’s starting to look like that item, that celebrated the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII triumph over the previously undefeated Patriots — won’t be found. It’s been six weeks since the Super Bowl rings went missing and that one still hasn’t been returned.

It’s possible the missing championship ring hasn’t been returned because it’s sitting somewhere in a New Jersey landfill. The man who found the Super Bowl XLVI ring noted that he threw away the box he had found without looking inside of it. Police believe the missing Super bowl ring may have accidentally ended up in a recycling bin or got swept away by a city street sweeper.

Things could have definitely been worse, DeOssie could have lost both Super bowl rings permanently or someone could have found the ring, but not returned it.

It appears that DeOssie is going to have to settle for getting a replacement Super Bowl XLII ring from his insurance company.

“Nothing will ever replace the original,” DeOssie recently told NJ.com. “These rings are near and dear to my heart and it was a sad realization that I haphazardly misplaced them. I’m definitely getting a new one made, and hopefully over time I can enjoy it just as much as I did the first one.”

Should anyone find DeOssie’s missing Super Bowl ring, they are not entitled to keep it or sell it. It belongs to DeOssie, or his insurance company, should that company provide money for another Super Bowl ring to be made.

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