Spring Premier Auction 2013
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Despite playing in an era when the modifier “tough”, when attached to middle linebackers, ended up seeming redundant, Ray Nitschke stood out even among those legendary figures, and ultimately came to personify a Green Bay Packers mythologythat espoused an on-field ferocity unmatched in league history. Grainy black-and-white images of a battered and bleeding Nitschke hovering menacingly over an even-more-battered and bleeding halfback came to immortalize both a team and a player in the lore of a league just emerging into the multi-billion dollar behemoth that it has become today. That transition
from gritty Sunday afternoon mayhem to its modern day counterpart was propelled by the glossily named “Super Bowl” and this ring was Nitchke’s own from Super Bowl II when the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 33-14, putting yet another exclamation point on the widely held belief that the fledgling American Football League was not yet the equal of their older counterpart. The Jostens ring is 14k gold and features one full-karat diamond and two half-karat diamonds set in a football shaped tourmaline on the face, with “Green Bay Packers” and “World Champions” above and below. “Nitschke” is engraved on one shank atop “NFL - AFL” and a crown with his No. 66 above a globe and the words “Run to Win.” On the other shank are the scores of the NFL Championship and Super Bowl games, along with a Packers helmet on an emblem with pennants representing the team’s NFL titles and the word “Challenge.” A football treasure for the ages, Nitschke’s ring is preserved in immaculate original condition.
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the Nitschke Family.