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Sale of Fuzzy Thurston’s Super Bowl II ring will pay back taxes

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Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston, who played guard in the first two Super Bowls for the Green Bay Packers, will have his Super Bowl II ring sold at auction after losing a 28-year battle with the federal government over back taxes.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that U.S. marshals seized Thurston’s ring and will sell it to recover some of the $1.7 million Thurston owes in back taxes.

A court order dictated that Thurston’s Super Bowl I ring was also supposed to be sold, as were four NFL championship rings. (Thurston played on the NFL championship-winning Colts in 1958 and the Packers in 1961, 1962 and 1965, before the first Super Bowl.) But U.S. marshals have not been able to locate those items.

The Super Bowl II ring, a 1960 Packers helmet and autographed footballs will be auctioned later this year.

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57 Responses to “Sale of Fuzzy Thurston’s Super Bowl II ring will pay back taxes”
  1. packers291 says: Jun 23, 2011 9:29 PM

    Why do the feds wait until his bill hits $1.7 mil to start going after his things?

  2. mdnittlion says: Jun 23, 2011 9:37 PM

    I hope that makes some DC paper pusher feel better about themselves, selling an old mans rings for money they know he’ll never be able to pay back. Must be a real accomplishment putting on your resume that you ripped off a football heroes stuff from his house. I just don’t get how some people sleep at night? I think I’d rather go to a federal country club than give up my major awards. Hope the bureaucrats are happy with taking something special that a pathetic desk jockey could never earn, the right to be called Champion.

  3. folkcrusader says: Jun 23, 2011 9:49 PM

    Why hasn’t he called that funny looking dude with the neck beard, Patrick Cox. Apparently none of his clients pay taxes.

  4. schemefactory says: Jun 23, 2011 9:51 PM

    wtf. i met fuzzy when my ma was playing piano at his supper club in neenah, wi in the 70′s. he talked with a electronic-throat-dealy if i remember right. i would think anyone associated with the packers in the lombardi years could remain solvent just based on their name. maybe the government could get those back tax dollars from some of the current owners fleecing of the fans’ loyalty? shame.

  5. beerbratscheese says: Jun 23, 2011 9:55 PM

    Would love to know if Fuzzy is actually guilty or not. If he is, he’s obviously the one that pushed it back 28 years.

    As a Packers fan, if I had the money, I’d win the bid on the ring and give it back to him. But if he is guilty, he did bring this on himself. Even Packer legends are not above the law.

    If guilty, he should be grateful they didn’t take his Super Bowl I ring. If innocent, the accusers should be ashamed.

  6. seanb20124 says: Jun 23, 2011 9:58 PM

    1.7 million = 10 minutes in Afghanistan

  7. ernestbynershands says: Jun 23, 2011 10:02 PM

    $1.7 mil, after 28 years?!?!?
    They finally come after him?
    They garnished me and threatened me with prison. I owed 5k, over the past 3.
    Nice to see those overpaid (unionized?) f-tards catching up the backlog.
    Instead of taking bribes and surfing porn all day.
    You Can say F the IRS
    But you Can’t F with the IRS

  8. ernestbynershands says: Jun 23, 2011 10:07 PM

    Of course, he will not have to pick up his Medicare or medicare supplement costs once he goes to Club Fed. The taxpayers will get to subsidize that for him. Even pay for his funeral, IF…

  9. jskill3 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:09 PM

    Cheers to the US marshalls that couldn’t find the other rings. Hopefully they now move on to looking for more important things, like missing people, and I wish them great success.

  10. ernestbynershands says: Jun 23, 2011 10:10 PM

    Don’t forget, his retired players benefits will likely improve with the imminent CBA agreement.
    So I hope current NFL players are taking note of how to properly plan for retirement.

  11. peanutbutter&jelly says: Jun 23, 2011 10:16 PM

    the government gives away money to other nations has a horrible track record of irresponsible spending regardless of whos in power. i believe pres. clinton left office with a balanced budget and who was the last one before him to do that-it was to long ago to remember.congress approved 1.3 trillion tax payer dollars to bail out wall street & banks that 4 generations from now will still be paying for. but hey they found some poor old ex football player in his golden years and they can take his stuff and get back some of the back taxes they say he owes so don’t worry america the irs will get this pesky deficit resovled in no time if they keep goingat this rate

  12. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 10:23 PM

    Fred was never attentive to the nagging details of life. Thus earning himself the nickname “Fuzzy”.

  13. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 10:25 PM

    Now that taxes have affirmed their certitude, Fuzzy is starting to worry more about death.

  14. 6250claimer says: Jun 23, 2011 10:25 PM

    I wish I was loaded. I’d outbid everyone, then give the rings back to Fuzzy. Some classy NFL player with more money than brains could do this, but won’t, for precisely that reason – more money than brains.

  15. blarch says: Jun 23, 2011 10:26 PM

    Meanwhile, all of the Harvard Business School graduates who created derivatives out of loaning unqualified people money to buy homes they could not afford are eating Brazil nuts on location.

    Nice country we have here.

  16. welzy says: Jun 23, 2011 10:27 PM

    How the heck did Fuzzy actually accumulate that amount of taxes? He made like a $1.25 per game. Does anyone know how much was penalties?

    Conspiracy Theory: There is no law that says Fuzzy even has to pay taxes. We all do it because we think we owe something to live in this country – or that we actually believe there is a law that says we have to.

    I just hate seeing a legend getting dragged through the mud for a crime that has no victim other than the perpetrator.

  17. decaturstaley75 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    Selling championship rings? And a helmet? I guess Fuzzy went to The Ohio State University and Tattoo parlor.

  18. imjinbrdgr says: Jun 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Well we have to pay for those 2 wars somehow. Plus supporting NATO and being the police force for the rest of the world.

  19. louderthanwords1 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:33 PM

    I hate to see them take Fuzzy’s ring and I don’t know enough about the back story about the taxes he owed but if he was cheating on his taxes or just not paying them at all then I don’t feel sorry for him. There are consequences to the decisions you make no matter who you are. If we as fans didn’t give athletes in general such entitlement to do whatever they want maybe there would be less Kenny Britt’s in sports. Also I say all of this being a life long cheesehead.

  20. zaggs says: Jun 23, 2011 10:39 PM

    “Why do the feds wait until his bill hits $1.7 mil to start going after his things?”

    I’m willing to bet the 1.7 million is accumulated taxes over the 28 year span of the litigation. Lo and behold the original amount he was supposed to pay was just north of $190,000 which had something to do with a restaurant chain and a judgement against it that Thurston it seems didn’t pay his part of.
    So no remorse for the guy. He should have paid the fine when it was $190,000.

  21. nosaintsfan79 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:41 PM

    Damn blood suckers

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  23. souldogdave says: Jun 23, 2011 10:47 PM

    I’d like to see the face of the person who signed that order to confiscate. A picture of the officer who took his ring, etc.

  24. melonnhead says: Jun 23, 2011 11:00 PM

    Why do the feds wait until his bill hits $1.7 mil to start going after his things?

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    It says it was a 28 year battle. Sad situation, but you gotta pay your taxes even if you’re a football hero.

  25. djaehne says: Jun 23, 2011 11:05 PM

    I hope that makes some DC paper pusher feel better about themselves, selling an old mans rings for money they know he’ll never be able to pay back. Must be a real accomplishment putting on your resume that you ripped off a football heroes stuff from his house. I just don’t get how some people sleep at night? I think I’d rather go to a federal country club than give up my major awards. Hope the bureaucrats are happy with taking something special that a pathetic desk jockey could never earn, the right to be called Champion.

    Yeah, not like the government has been responsible in the least bit way of managing
    money themselves. Lets see the debt get paid off or put the entire government including the IRS in jail on default.

  26. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:07 PM

    man this lockout is slowing down news a lot if you guys are reporting on this.

  27. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 23, 2011 11:13 PM

    I’ve seen this ring in person when I met and hungout with Fuzzy at his bar a few years ago. What a shame. Almost makes me want to buy it in the auction and let him have it until he passes away. Great guy!

  28. timegambit says: Jun 23, 2011 11:14 PM

    We should trade wisconsin to Canada for Winnipeg and the rights to Canadian Club whiskey.

  29. vegas691 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:26 PM

    Should’ve paid damn taxes. Simple.

  30. jimmypopnl says: Jun 23, 2011 11:30 PM

    Some current Packer should buy it and donate it to the Packers hall of fame. This current team may just appreciate how much these rings mean.

  31. cidman2001 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:31 PM

    I think it’s disgusting that these rings are valued at anything more than their material value. The only real value is to the person who earned it. If one were to buy the Lombardi Trophy and put it in their display case would it have any real meaning? People would be outraged if they were to make a veteran sell his medals because some jerk thought they were a valuable collectible…..just sayin.

  32. gergie1957 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:44 PM

    I don’t know how the Tax bill was 1.7 mill. But those rings won’t but a dent in that bill. I assume this is the Governments way of punishing Fuzzy. It’s pretty sad.

  33. mediasloppy says: Jun 24, 2011 12:13 AM

    Being the best franchise in the NFL someone in the organisation can pony up the money and give it back to him…

    Why did they wait until it was 1.7 million?

    Maybe, because he never paid it off. For a battle lasting 28 years, he’s probably lucky he didn’t serve time.

    I hope things work out though.

  34. xtb3 says: Jun 24, 2011 12:17 AM

    There goes the leftist fascist Obama trying to lower the national debt by stealing money from those who earned it.

  35. hobartbaker says: Jun 24, 2011 12:20 AM

    Fred still hopes the experience he gained trying to cheat taxes over the years will help him to cheat death.

  36. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jun 24, 2011 12:23 AM

    Hopefully, someone will buy the freakin ring and give it back to Fuzzy. Meanwhile, the Feds can lick their chops and give the proceeds as foreign aid to some oil rich and needy nations? Go Packers, go Fuzzy!

  37. hobartbaker says: Jun 24, 2011 12:24 AM

    Having pushed taxes to the limit, Fred will focus his energy holding off that other inevitability, death, for the next 28 years.

  38. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 24, 2011 12:38 AM

    “Some current Packer should buy it and donate it to the Packers hall of fame. This current team may just appreciate how much these rings mean.”

    Favre should buy it and give it back to Thurston. It’d be a nice way to start redeeming himself in GB.

  39. ferraridriver says: Jun 24, 2011 12:47 AM

    Makes me sick that the IRS does this to an old man who is barely understandable due to throat cancer.

    I seem to read on a regular basis about congressman who cheat on their taxes and even the head of the IRS is a cheater as well.

  40. Browns2011 says: Jun 24, 2011 1:14 AM

    I bet you Dez Bryant buys the SB ring because that the way he is ever gonna get one.

  41. tramonisland says: Jun 24, 2011 1:34 AM

    How ironic that a Bears fan (Obama) oversees the US Marshalls who confiscated these things. Those b a s t a r d s.

  42. kegowhisky says: Jun 24, 2011 4:27 AM

    Sad, just sad. Maybe the Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who also oversees the IRS will step in. Geithner should have some sympathy seeing that he was in hot water with the IRS prior to his confirmation and found a way to have the late fees expunged and then took one of the most coveted jobs in the world. What’s good for the goose……

  43. 1historian says: Jun 24, 2011 7:00 AM

    Too bad. He’s a good guy and to have this happen to him in the twilight of his years is really sad.

  44. hodag54501 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:15 AM

    There goes the leftist fascist Obama trying to lower the national debt by stealing money from those who earned it.

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    Those who earn it also pay taxes like the rest of us. Fuzzy also had a bar. Obama was still in diapers when Fuzzy was playing and apparently not paying taxes. This tax problem was going on during the “Compassionate Conservative” years of G.W. Bush too.
    —-
    We should trade wisconsin to Canada for Winnipeg and the rights to Canadian Club whiskey.
    —-
    Ever been to Winnepeg? It’s not the state that’s after him, it’s the feds. Jack Daniels is better whiskey.

    I ran into Fuzzy one Saturday afternoon in Door County(vacation spot north of Green Bay) a few years ago. He was selling books under a small tent with his son. It was a cash deal. I suspect that is part of the $1.7

  45. richm2256 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:19 AM

    People are making Thurston look like a victim here. He made money, he didn’t pay taxes. You and I have to pay taxes, don’t we?

    How much money did this guy earn to run up a tax bill of 1.7 million??? If Thurston owes that much, he sure as hell wasn’t making a dollar ninety eight a week, people. He may be old and sick, but he still made the bucks, and didn’t pay like the rest of us.

    Feel sorry for him? Not this guy.

  46. aaronitout says: Jun 24, 2011 8:58 AM

    I’ve worn that ring!! Met Fuzzy at his bar in Green Bay a few years back and he let me try it on…that’s a great memory. Too bad the next guy that meets him there won’t be able to wear it. Maybe he’ll have one of the rings from his other 5 championships, including Super Bowl I.

  47. melonnhead says: Jun 24, 2011 9:04 AM

    I bet you Dez Bryant buys the SB ring because that the way he is ever gonna get one.

    ——————————————————

    How cute, a Browns fan talking smack.

  48. cshearing says: Jun 24, 2011 9:35 AM

    I feel for the guy, but to rack up more than $1.8M in back taxes? That’s probably more money than I’ll make (gross) in my lifetime. It’s not like he played in an era with such huge salaries as to create such a tax burden. Sounds like some bad business dealings.

  49. skolvike says: Jun 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    Welzy,

    16th amendment to the Constitution states:

    “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

    That’s kinda like a law, I think. Don’t you?

  50. mick730 says: Jun 24, 2011 9:56 AM

    “Meanwhile, all of the Harvard Business School graduates who created derivatives out of loaning unqualified people money to buy homes they could not afford are eating Brazil nuts on location.

    Nice country we have here.”

    You’re about 1/3 right. Who do you think it was that required banks and mortgage companies to give loans to people who were not qualified to service them? In 2008 just before the crash, fully 57% of all mortgages written in this country were of the subprime variety. Yea, the bankers created therse derivatives to take all the risk off their backs, but it was Fannie, Freddie and the US government that forced this upon is in the first place.

    As for the IRS, they’ll come after you like Banshees from Hell. They are above the law, and in fact, they are a law in and to themselves.

  51. thephantomstranger says: Jun 24, 2011 10:49 AM

    I think our taxes are too high and the government wastes the money, but the law is the law. If you owe taxes, pay them. It doesn’t matter what kind of a sport you played, how cute your nickname is, what kind of cancer you have, or how old you are. Obey the law and you won’t have a problem.

  52. mnpacker says: Jun 24, 2011 11:55 AM

    I ain’t lawyer but I’m guessing if u give him back the ring, the irs would take it again unless your willing to pay his 1.7 million dollar tab

  53. dukemarc says: Jun 24, 2011 11:56 AM

    I thought Fuzzy’s bar and restaurant were pretty successful places – was he not paying any taxes on them? 1.8 Mill is a lot of back taxes even over a 28 year period.

  54. minnesconsin says: Jun 24, 2011 1:53 PM

    he opened a bunch of restaurants back in the mid-70s called Left Guard — not the same as the famous Fuzzy’s location in Green bay today. One of the locations withheld federal taxes from employees but failed to pay them to uncle sam. The feds came after that employee, who then sued Fuzzy and his partners in federal court. Long story short, Fuzzy’s portion was $190k. The other three partners all paid their share, he didn’t. That judgement for $190k was made in 1984, and then renewed in 2004. The jump from $190k to $1.7M is all interest, which is mind-boggling.

    Apparently they’ve been deposing his family members to try to find out what his assets are worth. It sounds like his house is untouchable, in his wife’s name, and the newer Fuzzy’s bar was in his son’s name, so they’re basically saying “fine, you wanna play games, we’ll take your rings.”

    It’s sad on both ends. The rings are worth maybe $30k on the top end.

  55. cahootie says: Jun 24, 2011 7:34 PM

    two words: Chi Chi’s

  56. dailynorseman says: Jun 27, 2011 6:38 PM

    I think it’s great that so many of you expect people to feel sorry for this deadbeat because OMG HE WAS A PACKER!

    Just another member of the Green Bay family that’s under the impression that laws don’t apply to him. If he pays his taxes like everyone else, he doesn’t have this issue and gets to keep all his stuff.

    But hey. . .when you’ve been told for this long that the rules don’t apply to you, you eventually start believing it.

  57. mdnittlion says: Jun 27, 2011 7:38 PM

    @dailynorseman
    Hey I have no love for the Packers at all, but come on he’s an old man how much blood do you really need to bleed from a guy?

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