Jamal Lewis sells a Super Bowl ring for $50,820

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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.

68 responses to “Jamal Lewis sells a Super Bowl ring for $50,820

  1. I don’t blame him. I’d rather have $50k than a ring commemorating a team’s victory that I had nothing to do with, no matter how rich I was.

  2. I’ve never understood why someone would want a ring or a trophy they didn’t earn. I mean yeah its a cool piece of memorabilia but what are you going to do with it just put it on display at that point is it really that much better than a replica or a photo. I mean if you are going to buy it and wear it thats just lame. I guess to me a ring or a trophy is worthless if I didn’t do anything to earn it but I guess that goes toward society today with the everyone gets a trophy for participating mentality.

  3. Member of the Raven’s ‘Ring of Honor’ sells his SBowl ring for cash. That about sums up the Raven’s culture and their fan base. Charm City.

  4. One of the seven members of the 2,000 yard club. Considering the hits he took in his career he should have every right to sell it if that’s his choice. He was 95% of the Ravens offense for a few seasons.

  5. Dear Rocket Scientist.

    Speak less , listen more.
    Agree with what you hear.

    Congratulations.
    You are the new University of Tennessee RB coach.

    You have somewhere to be 40 hours a week, and you get paid.

    Life is not as complicated as the stupid people make it……Remember, as this is very true; the fool never learns from the smart man, while the smart man learns from the fool.

  6. I remember reading around 2002 or so that he had plans for life after football. Sounded like he had his stuff together. Guess going into trucking, dependent on fuel, was a bad move given gas prices until recently.

    Great player who had made a few mistakes. Hope he gets it figured out.

  7. 2008 AFC title ring?

    The steelers won the AFC (and SB 43) that year.

    It was 2007 that the pats won it

  8. The article here in the Baltimore papers said that Jamal pawned the ring at a pawn shop and the pawn shop put it in the auction. He didn’t get 50 large for it.

  9. How sad, free college education, make millions in a short time, and with in a few years broke. “A fool and his money are soon parted”.

  10. I always think how much that is to pay for a ring that was an honor for someone else; but then I remember the massive amounts of money that went in to getting that ring in the first place then the actual material value of the ring and I guess it’s not that much.

  11. tedmurph says:
    Feb 9, 2015 7:17 AM
    Member of the Raven’s ‘Ring of Honor’ sells his SBowl ring for cash. That about sums up the Raven’s culture and their fan base. Charm City.
    _______________________

    so true….when the ravens leave town the crime rate goes down in Baltimore…..true story….I live here I know.

  12. “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.”

    First off, the two concepts are not mutually exclusive. The driver could be a combination of both factors.

    However, I don’t think it’s that unclear at all as to what the key driving factor is. Lewis has long been plagued with heavy duty financial problems, and he has had no meaningful income since then. In addition, Lewis claims to be suffering from severe concussion-related brain injuries — which certainly doesn’t enhance his skills in ANY post-playing career.

  13. donny1rodriguez says:
    Feb 9, 2015 7:17 AM

    One of the seven members of the 2,000 yard club. Considering the hits he took in his career he should have every right to sell it if that’s his choice. He was 95% of the Ravens offense for a few seasons.

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    I’m just happy I can name all 7 members off the top of my head. 🙂

  14. Some of you are trying too hard to make this a negative and roll it into the culture of the team and fans. I’m guessing Ravens don’t give him any more rings as they hit the Super Bowl at least a couple times in the next few years.

  15. He should have waited and combined it with the Super Bowl 50 ring he’ll get and maybe the 51st or 52nd. A collection of three would be more valuable than one ring.

  16. “How much will he try to sell his dignity for?”

    He was a Raven, he has no dignity, class or honor.

  17. “I’m just happy I can name all 7 members off the top of my head. :-)”

    Only 3 of the seven are criminals. Not counting the one who helped get his school the death penalty for recruiting violations.

  18. Bull Rush says: I’m guessing Ravens don’t give him any more rings.
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    That’s a fact, Jack. Ravens won’t be giving out ANY superbowl rings for a long time.

  19. Yet the Ravens never get punished by the NFL for creating a culture of violence and crime. The list of names goes on and on, but this says it all. The NFL needs to do something about this crime ridden team.

  20. Bu..bu..but Patriots fans are always saying there’s absolutely no proof that anyone taped anything… right before they whine “everybody did it”.
    See, they like it both ways – like Tom Brady.

  21. The Ravens are capped out. NGata – Gone, Webb – Gone, Flacco – extended with a cap # of $35Mil in 2017

  22. “Tonight on Pawn Stars…Chumlee grossly overspends on a Super Bowl ring that means little because the person was not actually an active player on the roster, while Rick and the Old Man make a mint on the next edition Big Hoss bobbleheads!”

  23. How does a guy who’s earned the kind of money that like Jamal Lewis earned get to a place where he has to file bankruptcy??? He should be set for life.

  24. For all you “collectors” he is also selling “Hot Carls” down at the inner harbor. Your choice of pre Carl meal.

  25. If Bell plays that game is over in the first half. The Steelers defense wasn’t ready to win a bowl anyway. It will be this season.

  26. Guy is a trashball… Regardless of him not being on the team, he was given it as a “thank you” for all he did…then he slaps them in the face and not only sells it, but does it publicly??? Joke…because he is so BUNK that he has no money…

  27. No matter how much advise the NFL and teams give along with providing resources to financial advisors, ultimately, it comes down to the player and how much he can say “NO”. Many of them simply trust a family member or an unsanctioned financial “advisor” to invest their money. They shouldn’t be surprised when that person is driving around in brand new cars and the money is gone.

    Unfortunately, financial responsibility starts at an early age, not at a rookie symposium listening to Pacman Jones that you attended on an all expenses paid first class resort.

  28. He needs to quit purchasing indoor water slide parks that never have any customers. A business man he is not.

  29. It’s hilarious reading jabs by haters about JL’s poor money management. Least the guy had an NFL career that allowed him to manage his money how he saw fit.

    Where’s are your NFL career earnings?

    Crickets….

  30. richndc says:Feb 9, 2015 10:21 AM

    For all you “collectors” he is also selling “Hot Carls” down at the inner harbor. Your choice of pre Carl meal.

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    I laughed so hard I almost pee’d,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  31. Good investment by the guy who bought it. The ring will only go up in value over time, due to:
    1) Lewis making future headlines in brilliant fashion, making it a cult-ish collector’s item, and
    2) A ravens SB ring will be the last of its kind in a long, long, long time.

  32. Lewis opted for the trucking business.

    Then Obama came into office and swore to keep gas prices high so that the “peasants” would be forced to drive hybrid or electric cars such as the ill-conceived Chevy Volt.

    I wonder if Lewis voted for the very person who destroyed Lewis’ business and future.

    Don’t believe me? Ask someone who is in the coal industry or lives in WV or PA.

  33. Thanks Jamal, that’s porbably the last time NFL teams are going to give rings to players not on that year’s team …

  34. skawh says:
    Feb 9, 2015 12:30 PM
    It’s hilarious reading jabs by haters about JL’s poor money management. Least the guy had an NFL career that allowed him to manage his money how he saw fit.

    Where’s are your NFL career earnings?

    Crickets….
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    ^^Clown as well, I can’t understand how these millionaires can’t managed there money to where they will be set for life and your right skawh he had a NFL career making MILLIONS he wasnt a 9-5 like us making barely enough to manage but WE MANAGE!!

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