It wasn't the one Jamal Lewis earned as a player in Super Bowl XXXV. But after filing for bankruptcy in 2012, the former Baltimore Ravens running back sold a Super Bowl ring to a pawn shop. But here's the catch: he was gifted the bling by team owner Steve Bisciotti following the franchise's second title two years ago in Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. And here's where it gets really interesting: the piece sold at an auction Sunday morning for $50,820.
"Jamal is one of the all-time Ravens greats," said Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, which sold the ring to a collector in Maryland. "This ring was hotly contested and we saw a lot of interest from Ravens fans."
According to Goldin's website, the ring was manufactured by Jostens and is made of solid 10K white gold, weighs 87.72 grams and contains 3.75 carats worth of diamonds. It's the same size and style that active players received (Lewis retired in in 2009 and was inducted into the team's ring of honor during the 2012 championship season). Most of the diamonds are clustered into the shape of a sunken football stadium with a pair of diamond-studded Lombardi Super Bowl trophies super imposed over the top signifying the Ravens two Super Bowl victories.
The team tweeted a statement about Lewis' difficult choice Monday afternoon.
Statement: Jamal Lewis informed us that he was forced to sell the ring due to financial difficulties. We understand & respect his decision.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 9, 2015
The funds will go directly to Lewis' creditors.