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.