New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is selling the Super Bowl championship ring he won following the 1990 National Football League season.
The ring features 19 diamonds and is estimated to be worth as much as $100,000, according an e-mailed release from SCP Auctions, which is handling the online sale. The auction opened with a minimum price of $10,000 and has risen to $37,982 after 12 bids.
A note on the auction website says the ring’s reserve price hasn’t yet been met. Bidding ends at 10 p.m. May 19.
Neither the auction website nor the release makes any mention about Taylor’s motives for selling. Mike Senyo, a spokesman for SCP Auctions, said in an e-mail that the linebacker is “just ready to sell.”
Taylor, 53, was selected to 10 Pro Bowls in a 13-year career spent entirely in New York. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1986, a three-time defensive player of the year and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
The Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in the Super Bowl on Jan. 27, 1991, as Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a field goal in the closing seconds.
The championship is one of four that the Giants have won since the Super Bowl was first played in 1967. Members of the 2011 team, which beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February, received their rings yesterday at the Tiffany & Co. building in Manhattan.
Taylor has a history of run-ins with the police since retiring after the 1993 season. Last year, he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of having sex with a prostitute. The plea stemmed from a 2010 arrest for having sex with a 16-year- old girl, and Taylor is now a registered sex offender.
An admitted cocaine user, Taylor underwent rehabilitation for abuse of the drug in 1985 and three years later was suspended by the NFL for 30 days after a second positive test for the substance.
In 1995, Taylor spent time in drug-rehabilitation facilities.
Taylor pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2000 and received a $10,000 fine and five years probation. In November 2009, he was arrested in Hialeah, Florida, after crashing into another motor vehicle and leaving the scene.
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