It’s been 21 years but Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth has his Super Bowl ring back.
Alworth, who spent several seasons with the San Diego Chargers and still lives in the area, earned the ring when he played for the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI at the end of the 1971 season. He caught a touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans.
Alworth loaned the ring to Trophy’s Restaurant in Mission Valley for display in 1988 but four years later, it was among several pieces of sports memorabilia that were stolen from the restaurant during a burglary.
On September 7 of this year, Alworth received a telephone call from a woman he didn’t know. She wanted him to sell the ring for $40,000. The San Diego County Sheriff’s department Encinitas Station immediately initiated an investigation and was able to ultimately locate the ring, which had been consigned to auction.
According to media reports in southern California, detectives believe the ring was originally stolen by an Anaheim man who is no longer living. That man is believed to have given it to a Palm Springs couple as collateral on a loan.
After the couple experienced financial trouble with their business, another woman stepped in to try and raise money through the sale of personal property. A sheriff’s official says the woman found Alworth’s phone number and tried to get him to buy it back. Watch local TV coverage below.