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Charles Haley And His Record Five Super Bowl Rings

August 24, 2014

Charles Haley played for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998–1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996). He’s the only player in NFL history to have been on five winning Super Bow teams.

Charles Haley Super Bowl Rings
Charles Haley Super Bowl Rings

Haley was a fourth round draft pick in 1986. He played college football at James Madison University.

A versatile defensive player, Haley began his career as an outside linebacker, eventually progressing to pass-rusher and finally full-fledged defensive end. Haley had a reputation of being a volatile and unpredictable while at the same time he was known as an exceptionally talented and hardworking player. After his career was over, he was diagnosed as being bipolar which explained his volatility.

As a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 1986–1991, he was awarded championship rings from Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV following the 1988 and 1989 seasons, respectively. After having a conflict with the 49ers head coach George Seifert and a nasty physical confrontation with quarterback Steve Young, Haley was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. With the Dallas Cowboys, he won three more Super Bowl rings over the next four seasons in 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), and 1995 (XXX).

Although injuries would eventually force his retirement in 1996, Haley resurfaced for the 1998 playoffs to aid the 49ers, and then played for them in 1999. After his playing career was done, Haley turned to assistant coaching, and was a defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions.

In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, and eight fumble recoveries, which he returned for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995) and was named NFL All-Pro in 1990 and 1994.

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The Coolest Championship Ring Display In The World

August 21, 2014

Located at the NFL Headquarters in New York City, no expense was spared to make this custom Super Bowl Ring Display.

NFL Headquarters Super Bowl Championship Ring Display

It’s approximately 40 – 50 feet in length and absolutely mesmerizing. Located on Park Avenue, in the Heart of Mid-Town Manhattan, the Championship Ring display sits in the huge lobby at the NFL Headquarters.

A ring from every single Super Bowl is on display, in a lighted fixture with access to sliding magnifying glasses. The Magnifying glasses help visitors see every salacious detail on any chosen ring.

(Click picture below for a larger picture)

NFL Championship Ring Display

As the years go by and other champions are crowned and awarded a super bowl ring, the display has been designed to accommodate plenty of future rings.

The lobby and display are not open to the public, unfortunately for most football fans, you need an invite to NFL Headquarters to visit.

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Jim Brown counter sued over 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring

August 16, 2014

Jim Brown wanted his day in court.   Be careful what you wish for.

Jim Brown 1964 Cleveland Browns Championship Ring

Pro football legend Jim Brown was hit with a $1 million countersuit by a Lelands, (an auction house) in the continuing dispute over his 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring.

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Lelands, and its owner, Joshua Evans, say Brown harmed their reputation and cost them significant money by filing a suit last month to block the sale of his NFL championship ring.

Jim Brown claims the ring was stolen from him, but Evans tells a much different story.

“The last thing I want is to malign Jim Brown and put him through more than he’s already been through, but when somebody attacks my credibility, I have to respond,” Evans told the Daily News.

Lelands’ auction of the Brown’s 1964 Cleveland Browns ring had to be called off last month, when Brown filed suit, saying the ring was stolen from him in the 1960s.

Lelands had steadily maintained Brown had passed the ring on to a relative, who then sold it to Lelands.

Lelands’ court filing reveals that relative was Brown’s ex-wife, Susan — and acknowledges the auction house didn’t get the ring directly from her. The filing says she had sold the ring to another memorabilia collector in the early 1980s, and that person then sold it to a different collector, who in turn sold it to Lelands.

“I just didn’t remember. This was 23 years ago,” Evans said, explaining why the court papers told a different story. “I’ve sold hundreds of thousands of items over my career. I don’t remember everything about every transaction.”

But Brown’s lawyer, Neal Brickman, said he has an affidavit from Sue Brown swearing that she never sold the ring, and that it and a brooch had been stolen from her in the late 1960s. He also said Lelands’ lawyers had initially told him the auction house had gotten the ring from a different relative.

“It’s a completely different story,” Brickman said.

Lelands’ filing is also a bit hazy about how Sue Brown — who divorced the running back in the late 1980s — got the ring. It says she’s believed to have “obtained valid title to the ring in the divorce proceedings, or, in the alternative, as a result of Jim Brown’s abandonment of the ring in the couple’s marital residence.”

Brickman called the wishy-washy language “curious”— and said that, according to Sue Brown, it’s “not true.”

Evans countered that Sue Brown had the ring appraised for $1,000, and the collector who allegedly bought it from her, Ray Kling, paid her double that amount. Evans said he didn’t believe there was paperwork documenting the sale, however, because “things were done with handshakes back then.”

Lelands originally acquired the ring in 1991, and then auctioned it off approximately one year later, according to the filing. The auction house reacquired the championship ring in May of this year, for about $110,000, Evans said.

The ring is the last pro-sports championship ring to be won by a Cleveland team. It was expected to be auctioned off for about $250,000.

The auction of the championship ring is on hold until a judge decides who is the rightful owner.

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Anthony McFarland and His Two Super Bowl Rings

August 15, 2014

Most men have to worry about what tie to wear on Television – Anthony McFarland has to decide which Super Bowl ring.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Rings

Anthony McFarland is a two-time super bowl champion. The defensive tackle was drafted by the Tampa bay Buccaneers as the 15th overall pick in the 199 NFL draft.

He won the Super bowl with the Bucs in 2002 and with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.

The ring on the left is the Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl XLI ring. It was made by Herff Jones (probably because their corporate offices are in Indianapolis). The ring features 50 diamonds and a blue sapphire horseshoe on the top. The word “Faith” is on one side and “Our time” – the team’s theme during the playoffs – on the other. A red dot is located on the side of the ring to symbolize the blood the players left on the field, according to the team officials. The ring 14K solid white gold ring weighs in at 70 grams.

The ring shown on the right is the Tiffany Super Bowl XXXVII ring made for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 14K solid yellow gold ring is 60 grams and loaded with diamonds. The ring includes a large marquise diamond and three large princess cut (square) diamonds in the Lombardi trophy.

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Joe Andruzzi is a Super Bowl Champion and a Class Act

August 14, 2014

Today’s blog is not about championship rings, it’s about Joe Andruzzi’s kindness and desire to help others.

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Joe Andruzzi is not a house-hold name.   But he should be, because of all the great things he has done for others.   I hope you are as moved by his story as I am.

In 1997, Joe Andruzzi was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent. After three seasons, Andruzzi was released from the Packers and then signed by the New England Patriots in 2000.

He played for the Pats for five seasons and earned three Super Bowl rings.

During his time in New England Andruzzi received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2002 (for helping others) and the first Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2003.

Andruzzi became a free agent again in 2005 and was signed by the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Browns for two seasons.

In 2001, Andruzzi and his wife, Jen, were introduced to C.J. Buckley, who had an inoperable brain tumor. The families became very close and, the Andruzzi’s were devastated when C.J. died in 2002. Always driven to help others in need, the couple launched the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Children’s Hospital.

In 2007, Joe Andruzzi was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. He relocated back to New England and had an aggressive form of chemotherapy treatment over three months at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Andruzzi’s last treatment was on August 6, 2007 after which he spent the following year at home in recovery.

After completing treatment, Joe was told that there was no sign of cancer in his body and he remains cured today.

The Andruzzi family founded the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in 2008. The foundation is committed to tackling cancer’s impact by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research.

On April 15, 2013, Andruzzi’s foundation was hosting an event on Boylston Street in Boston when the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings occurred. In the aftermath, he was photographed carrying an injured woman to safety.

Joe has three brothers who like him, help others. His three brothers are all members of the New York City Fire Department, and responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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