Lawrence Taylor auctioning off his Super Bowl XXV ring

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The 2011 Giants got their Super Bowl rings on Wednesday night, just as one of their forbears was putting one of his own baubles up for auction.

Lawrence Taylor is auctioning off the Super Bowl XXV ring he got after the Giants beat the Bills 20-19 in 1991. Bidding on the auction currently stands at $37,982. According to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger, the ring is valued at $75,000-$100,000. Castillo’s attempts to reach Taylor’s agent for comment about the auction were unsuccessful.

Taylor’s post-NFL life has been a rocky road. Taylor struggled with drug abuse before and after leaving the NFL and he became a registered sex offender last year after pleading guilty to charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, who was 16 years old at the time. He also lost money as a result of stock fraud involving a company he helped start and pled guilty to tax evasion in the late 1990s.

If Taylor does wind up selling the ring, it hasn’t yet met the reserve price, he won’t be totally empty-handed. He still has the ring he won in Super Bowl XXI when the Giants beat the Broncos.

39 responses to “Lawrence Taylor auctioning off his Super Bowl XXV ring

  1. Sad story. But, what can you do when you live beyond your means and make unwise decisions.

  2. just say no kids or look what happens to you, a man who had it all and blew it on drugs. do not feel one bit sorry for him though,he had enough chances and help to get clean but wasted them. sometimes you are just a scumbag even if you are a great football player and he has gotten what he deserved for living the life he did.

  3. I am waiting for this bum to blame it on concussion he received while he was playing in the NFL I don’t feel sorry for this moron I am sure he gets a nice large pension from the NFL.

  4. Taylor’s demons and personal wreckage not withstanding, he changed the way the game is played (as so eloquently portrayed in Michael Lewis’ “Blind Side).

    I was struck by a comment in Belechick’s “A football life” documentary when he said “when you really, really had to have it – Taylor always delivered.”

    You can’t say that about most pro football players. A monster, a beast – a guy completely committed to destroying the QB and wreaking havoc on offenses.

    I know I’d want him on my team.

  5. metalhead65 says: May 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    just say no kids or look what happens to you, a man who had it all and blew it on drugs. do not feel one bit sorry for him though,he had enough chances and help to get clean but wasted them. sometimes you are just a scumbag even if you are a great football player and he has gotten what he deserved for living the life he did.
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    Wow metalhead65,
    must be nice to be so self righteous and judgmental. your skeletons will fall out the closet soon enough.

  6. Wait, hold the bus a second…

    Shouldn’t the NFL be helping Lawrence Taylor by bidding on the ring and posting information on nfl.com on how to bid on the ring and by paying for rehab for LT and, and, and…

    …after all, isn’t that the right thing to do?

    [sarcasm]

  7. I used to idolize LT as a kid. I view him as a real low life in my adult years. Wish I could say its a shame that all this has happened to him, but the reality is he did this all to himself.

  8. May 17, 2012 12:52 PM
    metalhead65 says: May 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    just say no kids or look what happens to you, a man who had it all and blew it on drugs. do not feel one bit sorry for him though,he had enough chances and help to get clean but wasted them. sometimes you are just a scumbag even if you are a great football player and he has gotten what he deserved for living the life he did.
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    Wow metalhead65,
    must be nice to be so self righteous and judgmental. your skeletons will fall out the closet soon enough.
    ___________________________
    ??????
    He doesn’t feel sorry for a guy who had it all and threw it down the drain over and over (I agree) and you call him “judgmental” like it’s some insult and purport that he has skeletons worse than that in his closet? How does your baseless claim about him serve as anything but extreme hypocrisy on your part? Too funny.

    Patrick Willis had 1000X worse of a life growing up than LT did and he seems to be a great person. I personally respect those who have his strength of character despite a horrible life.

  9. I absolutely worshiped this athlete’s on field play, but thankfully was taught not to idolize any mortals, every single one of us will break your heart.

    LT is more flawed than many, but that ring is still an important piece of memorabilia.

  10. “He still has the ring he won in Super Bowl XXI when the Giants beat the Broncos.”

    This week he does.

  11. Man I hope L T get his life together for one of the most dominating players in nfl history to be like this Im going to pray for L T.

  12. I honestly didn’t know he was still alive. Great football player in his day, but just another ex- player cliche. The NFL really needs some type of manditory program to check in on some of these guys after they are out of the league. It’s sad ,but real tough to feel sorry for these dudes blowing through piles of money on drugs, toys, and lavish lifestyles when the majority of us could live one year on one of their gamechecks. BOO HOO

  13. ravenator says:
    May 17, 2012 12:37 PM
    And the greatest linebacker of all time, Mr. Ray Lewis! LT is a disgrace.

    LT is a disgrace and Ray Lewis is a MURDERER!

  14. Ray Lewis has definitely taken over the Greatest LB of all time! Better man on and off the field bar-none!

  15. I don’t care what anyone says, I do feel bad for him. Sure, we all wish we had one tenth of the success he did, but unless you walk in another man’s shoes, don’t pass judgement on him.

  16. I’ll take a drug addict over a murderer any day. Ray Lewis is not better off the field than LT. Beside Patrick Willis will go down as best linebacker when all said and done.

  17. He still has the ring he won in Super Bowl XXI when the Giants beat the Broncos…..and he still owns the hit that ended Joe Theisman’s career.

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