championship rings from his coaching career
Mike Ditka stopped wearing his and he wears the 1985 Super Bowl championship ring instead. "That ring looks like a high school class ring almost," Ditka said. "There isn't a lot to it. It was a minimal cost to Mr. Halas, believe me."The ring features a small diamond set in an image of Wrigley Field. Ed O'Bradovich got tired of seeing former Packer Paul Hornung flash his glitzier championship rings, so O'Bradovich dressed his up with more diamonds. And he wears it still.O'Bradovich's ring isn't the only one that has been altered. When Bob Wetoska's weight dropped to 210 from 275, he had his ring downsized. Wetoska also had to have his diamond replaced after he dropped the ring and the original diamond was chipped. After Roger Davis was traded to the Rams, his ring was stolen out of his locker.Richie Petitbon keeps his in a safe deposit box, along with three other championship rings from his coaching career. Doug Atkins isn't sure where his is, but "it's around here somewhere."A number of the 1963 Bears have passed along their rings to their sons.Larry Glueck gave it to his son John when John graduated from law school. After wearing his ring for nearly 50 years, Ronnie Bull gave his ring to his son Randy. "I wanted to watch my son wear it, to see him have the greatest pleasure I had to wear it, while I was alive," Ronnie Bull said. "I didn't want to wait until I was dead for him to have it." Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez responded with a statement to Tuesday's revelation from ESPN that he did not purchase banned substances from the Biogenesis clinic, but he did not take questions and did not clarify the lingering discrepancy between ESPN's report and his prior public comments. "I'm going to be honest with you guys, I haven't heard anything yet officially from MLB," Gonzalez said to a group of reporters. "I do plan on sitting down and cooperating with them. I want to get this all done already, before the season starts." ESPN, citing two sources, reported that Gonzalez, who finished third in last season's National League Cy Young Award vote, was the only player named in a Jan. 29 Miami New Times report who did not receive banned performance-enhancing drugs from the now-shuttered Biogenesis clinic. On the day he arrived at spring training, Gonzalez emphatically denied ever using PEDs. As a hotshot quarterback out of high school, Jay Gruden was wooed by Florida, Florida State and a dozen other pedigree biggies of college ball. It seemed certain enough that Jay would become a staple under center for some Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl regular.Then a funny thing happened on his way to residence in the Top 20. He stopped in at Louisville U., an ambitious little off-Broadway program, and plopped down in a chair across a desk from Howard Schnellenberger. The kid became mesmerized by the two championship rings Howard kept clinking together and by that basso profundo voice.Visit http://www.championshipringshop.com/ for more ingormation.