For most NFL players, a Super Bowl ring would be the last thing they'd sell.
The ring is the symbol of a life goal, winning a championship. But not every player feels the same attachment to the ring. The ring might mean more to a star quarterback or longtime veteran starter than it would to a player who was on injured reserve all season.
Which is probably why Damien Berry's Super Bowl XLVII ring is up for auction already, less than a year after he earned it as part of the Ravens team that won it all. BaltimoreRavens.com said Berry's ring (it's not the one pictured above, that's Ray Lewis' ring) is one of 12 championship rings that will be up for auction starting Jan. 13 at GoldinAuction.com. Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper's ring from Super Bowl XXXV is also up for sale.
For Berry, it probably makes sense. It's not like he had a big say in the Ravens' win over the 49ers.
Berry was on the Ravens' practice squad in 2011, then on injured reserve all of last season as Baltimore marched to the title. He was cut by the Ravens before this season and not picked up by another team. He never appeared in any game for the Ravens.
But even as a player on IR he got a ring ... he apparently just would rather have the money than a ring from a season in which he didn't play a game.
Championship rings are sold once in a while, but usually not less than a year after they're given out.
"This is a rare opportunity for a fan or a collector to own a Super Bowl ring less than a year after it was earned and one from a landmark NFL game," Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin told the Ravens' website.
The Ravens site's story says the ring is 3.75 carat with 243 round cut diamonds. So, it's pretty subtle. Even though the most hardcore of Ravens fans might not know Berry, it's a good bet the ring will fetch a nice price. It's not like a collector can wait and bank on Joe Flacco's ring coming up for sale anytime soon.
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