Originally written July 24, 2014 on The Other Paper:
Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown is suing a New York auction house to block the sale of his 1964 championship ring he won with the Cleveland Browns — one he claims was stolen from him decades ago.The former Browns great filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Wednesday seeking a court order for Lelands.com, of Bohemia, NY, and its chairman Josh Evans to return the ring to him, saying it’s “very important” because it’s the only championship he ever won in his Hall of Fame career.“The 1964 NFL Championship ring is very important to Jim Brown, not for its monetary value, but because of what it stands for,” the suit says. “It is a symbol of Jim Brown’s accomplishments as a professional football player on the only professional football team on which he played.“Winning the NFL Championship in 1964 was almost a culmination of his successes as a football player, and the 1964 Championship ring is a reminder of the great Browns’ team on which Jim Brown played, and of the camaraderie and friendships that he made on the Browns’ team.”Brown's ring is up for bidding on the reputable auction house's website until Friday, and as of 11 am Wednesday the high bid was $58,948.The bruising running back led the Browns to a 27-0 victory in the 1964 NFL Championship over the Baltimore Colts.It is the Cleveland Browns’ last championship season.He retired a year later at age 30 following the 1966 season and went on to an acting career that included roles in a number of Hollywood films.Just wondering who had the guts to steal the formidable Brown's ring in the first place?
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