Even if you’re just an armchair quarterback, you can still wear a Super Bowl ring. Just be warned that it will cost you $15,000.
A gaudy, diamond-studded ring just like one of the four that former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw wears is for sale. In fact, it may be one of his rings - the one received for Pittsburgh’s victory over Dallas in the 1978 Super Bowl. It was lost about 15 years ago in Minneapolis.
Roger Griep, 61, a machine shop owner from Golden Valley, bought the ring for $500 nine years ago. He paid $5,000 to have it restored, and now he wants to sell it for $15,000.
“Since Pittsburgh is in the Super Bowl Sunday, I figured this would be a good time,” he said. The restored ring has three diamonds set on the top and bears Bradshaw’s name and number, the year and the game score - Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31.
It’s not clear exactly how the ring was lost.
“There are a couple of stories on that,” Griep said. “One is that Terry Bradshaw had it here and it was stolen from him. I saw him on Letterman once, and Dave asked why he wasn’t wearing all his rings, and Terry said it was because he lost one in Minneapolis.”
Griep said he’s also heard that one of Bradshaw’s brothers lost it.
Gary Holsten, of Anoka, said that he and a business partner bought the ring in 1980 from two kids who said they had found it in downtown Minneapolis. Bradshaw and the Steelers had been in town to play the Vikings a week earlier.
Holsten paid a few hundred dollars for the ring, which was battered, flattened and missing its diamonds. But there were enough markings to suggest what it might be, Holsten said.
He asked a friend to contact someone with the Minnesota Vikings, who in turn contacted Bradshaw.
“We asked him if he wanted it back,” Holsten said. “I didn’t talk to him, but the word came back that he declined. He already had the insurance money for it. He said we could do whatever we wanted with it.”
Holsten kept the piece of scrap gold for a few years, then sold it to an Anoka coin dealer “for about $400 or $500.” Griep bought it from the dealer.
Griep started advertising the ring Sunday in classified ad sections in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and in Las Vegas newspapers. The calls have already started pouring in, he said.”It isn’t doing me much good, sitting in a safe,” Griep said.
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