NEW YORK (WFAN) – The news on Thursday took many by surprise: the Super Bowl XXV ring earned by Giants great Lawrence Taylor was up for auction.
It seems Taylor was just as shocked. Widely reported to be put on the block by the Hall of Famer himself, it appears the ring had been out of LT’s hands for some time.
“Lawrence Taylor just reached out to me through a mutual friend re the auction of his SB ring,” Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com tweeted Friday. “Taylor had ZERO clue this was happening! Years ago he gave his rings to his son TJ, who apparently put it up.”
The ring is described on the SCP Auctions website as “arguably the most significant (Super Bowl) player ring ever offered publicly.” The ring had a high bid of $37,892 on Thursday morning. The price as of noon on Friday was a whopping $89,568 after 21 bids.
Mark Lepselter, the defensive legend’s longtime business manager, told Glazer he believed he was the first to contact Taylor about the auction. Glazer said via Twitter that Taylor responded to his representative: “What the (bleep) r u talking about?!?”
The ring will come with a notarized letter of authorization from Taylor, according to SCP Auctions.
“Lawrence was in fact unaware of it but said he gave it to TJ (his son) and its his right to do what he wants with it. He’s fine with whatever TJ decided,” Lepselter told Glazer.
Taylor, who has had his share of legal troubles in recent years, won his second title with New York in the 1991 classic. Super Bowl XXV was book-ended by Whitney Houston’s stirring rendition of the national anthem and the infamous last-second field goal attempt from Bills kicker Scott Norwood, pushed wide-right, that handed New York the 20-19 win.
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