A ring from the Packers 2011 championship is about to go from the hands of one person who’s apparently low on disposable income, to the hands of someone else who has far too much disposable income. Ahhh gluttony, you never disappoint.
One of the rings from that championship has already surfaced and been auctioned off, but the original owner was a team employee who likely fetched somewhere close to the value of their home for a ring they didn’t earn or deserve. Well played, fine sir.
But now we have the first 2011 Packers ring from a former player, or at least a member of that Packers team who was almost a player. The ring is being auctioned by Heritage Auctions, a fact relayed to the world by offensive lineman Josh Sitton. The owner is Jay Ross, a defensive tackle who went undrafted in 2010 and spent the year on the Packers practice squad, and he’s now on the Bills practice squad.
So go ahead. Pocket the money you were going to use for pizza tonight and place a bid. If you’re a Packers shareholder you’ll surely get priority treatment too, with your bid placed far ahead of those from normal, non-owner ilk. The item description on Heritage Auction’s website makes the ring sound cheap and easily affordable, and it’ll be a nice conversation piece while you’re eating a nightly gourmet dish of Kraft Dinner purchased with the eight dollars remaining in your bank account.
The ring’s square crest is highlighted by the team “G” logo, incorporating the green and gold colors first introduced in 1935. In each corner is a marquis-cut diamond in appropriate football shape, representing the franchise’s four Super Bowl victories (I, II, XXXI and XLV). The “G” shape is comprised of thirteen diamonds, one for each NFL title dating back to the first in 1929, with the ninety-two small diamonds blanketing the outskirts and continuing along each edge counting the years since the 1919 founding of American football’s most decorated team. “World Champions” stands in raised lettering amidst the sea of shimmering gemstones.
Just 109 diamonds of various shapes and sizes. That’s all.
Of course, there will surely be some outrage about this among Packers fans, which is understandable, but only partly. Sure, it would be nice if Ross took some pride in an incredible achievement, and a pinnacle so few people on this planet get to reach. But what did he achieve, really?
We’ve all heard the speeches about championship teams so many times that they’ve become a horrible cliché. Every player makes a contribution, and every contribution is meaningful no matter how big or small, and blah blah. But Ross can surely see through that mound of dong.
He didn’t play a meaningful snap that year, and he still hasn’t in his NFL career, meaning he contributed just a little more than nothing to that Packers Super Bowl win, which is also only marginally more than my contribution. As far as NFL salaries go, he gets paid a little more than nothing too, and as a fringe practice squad player his job security pretty much doesn’t exist. We don’t know the situation, bit it’s likely that the money from this ring that represents a hollow accomplishment is needed to pay for the basic necessities in life, making this a reminder that there’s far more to life than football.
Rage over a Super Bowl ring up for auction would be far more than acceptable if this was Aaron Rodgers. But don’t go into hulkster keyboard warrior mode over a practice squad player cashing in a ring that’s pretty much meaningless to him anyway.
I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Hey, at least the buyer knows the ring hasn’t been around hookers and cocaine.