Jamal Lewis hasn’t played for the Ravens since 2006, but when they won the Super Bowl two years ago, they gave him (and all the other members of the team’s Ring of Honor) a Super Bowl ring. Now Lewis has sold that ring.
A fan in Maryland paid $50,820 to acquire the ring, which drew the interest of several collectors.
“Jamal is one of the all-time Ravens greats,” Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions told ESPN. “This ring was hotly contested and we saw a lot of interest from Ravens fans.”
Lewis has been plagued by legal and financial problems, and he filed for bankruptcy in 2012. It’s unclear whether his decision to sell this Super Bowl ring is motivated by financial distress, or whether he just decided he wants the money more than he wants the ring.
A collector at the same auction paid $16,940 for the 2008 AFC title ring given to Matt Estrella, the team videographer who was caught taping the Jets’ defensive signals to set off the Spygate scandal.
The highest-priced piece of sports memorabilia sold at the auction was a 1942 game-used Joe DiMaggio jersey, which went for $169,400.