Blog Entry

Fuzzy Thurston's Super Bowl ring to be auctioned

Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: June 24, 2011 6:57 pm
F. Thurston apparently owes $1.7 million in back taxes (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Former Packers OG Fuzzy Thurston, who won Super Bowls with Vince Lombardi in Green Bay in 1966 and 1967, will lose his Super Bowl II ring when the government sells it at an auction to recover part of the $1.7 million the government says he owes in back taxes.

This comes according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, which writes that the government also wants to auction his Super Bowl I ring, as well as the NFL championship jewelry from 1958, 1961, 1962 and 1965. The government, though, apparently hasn’t recovered those items yet.

According to the Press Gazette, the Super Bowl II ring could sell for $20,000.  The Associated Press reports that other rings from Super Bowls I and II have sold in recent years; running back Paul Hornung's Super Bowl I ring fetched about $40,000 in 2002, and former offensive lineman Steve Wright sold his Super Bowl I ring in May for $73,409.

More details via the AP:
Messages left at Thurston's Waupaca home weren't immediately returned. Green Bay lawyer Owen Monfils, who represented Thurston in some of his tax cases, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette he was certain Thurston didn't owe "nearly as much as the government claims."

The tax fight stems from Thurston's post-Packers days, when he and his business partners opened a chain of restaurants. According to a federal complaint, Thurston and the others withheld federal income taxes from employee salaries but failed to turn all the money over to the Internal Revenue Service.

After a court fight, Thurston was ordered to pay about $190,000 in 1984. With interest, the debt now stands at just over $1.7 million, according to court documents.
"We hope to reach out to fans who might wish to purchase the material to return it to Thurston," said Chris Ivy, the director of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions of Dallas.

It’s certainly a sad moment for a former Pro Bowler.

But I like the idea presented by the Boston Globe’s Greg Bedard, who formerly covered the Packers for the Milwaukee paper. Wrote Bedard on Twitter: “It will take about 2 min for a Packers fan to bid on Fuzzy's ring and give it back to him. Favre should do it. Start the healing. Seriously.”

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:48 am

Fuzzy Thurston's Super Bowl ring to be auctioned

I actually very similar in this blog released and you'll find this method approved my opinion the current preferably should obtain achievements for a lot of changing, which means that appreciation.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:28 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:28 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:10 pm

Fuzzy Thurston's Super Bowl ring to be auctioned

That's really cheap.  I always figured those old ones would be worth a lot more.  PSLs cost far more than that. 

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:23 pm

Fuzzy Thurston's Super Bowl ring to be auctioned

I have better idea have the modern day player demand that in the new cba that a few bucks be put aside for the players who built the game that never got million dollar contracts,maybe the fans would get behind them a bit more just ask Sam Huff what he thinks about that.The players of today make more in a year than these guys did in a 10 year stint in the nfl,even practice squade players make more in a year than the guys in 50-80s did in a year.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or