Poor Brock Williams. A former 2001 draft pick of the New England Patriots, Brock is only 29 years old, but is already living on a disability retirement from the NFL. He was lucky enough to be part of the Pats’ first Super Bowl championship team, but unlucky enough to be sitting on the sidelines his entire first season after he tore a knee ligament in training camp.
Still, just like his teammates, Williams was given a Super Bowl ring - a 14-karat beauty encrusted with 143 diamonds, engraved with his name & jersey number 28. Even though he didn’t get to actually play in the Super Bowl, he still has proud proof of being a member of a championship team.
Well, he would, if Brock hadn’t pawned his ring for $2,000.
The BOSTON HERALD reports that about three years ago, Williams walked into a Vegas pawn shop to hock his ring for some quick cash, but never returned to recover his jewelry:
“He was offered $15,000 to sell it, but he said no. He just borrowed some money and never came back,” said Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on the Las Vegas Strip.
After 120 days, Williams still hadn’t come back to recover his ring, so Harrison became its new owner. Brock’s mother Marie Williams was dumbfounded when she heard what her son, who only played 12 games total in his NFL career, had done:
“Football was his life. That’s all Brock knew. I guess the money ran out.”
Marie added that “It would be a miracle if we could get this ring back. It would be a godsend.” But it doesn’t sound like Marie’ miracle will come true:
Despite “serious offers of $60,000 for it,” Harrison, who took ownership of the ring when Brock Williams failed to claim it after 120 days, has only teased it on eBay for more than $100,000.
“I don’t plan on actually selling it,” Harrison said. “It is worth more just from the people who come in my shop to see it.”
One man’s cherished memory is another man’s in-store promotional item, we suppose. But let this be a lesson to all you former & current NFLers with championship rings. Even when times seem desperate, don’t resort to pawning your Super Bowl jewelry. You can make more by selling it on eBay.