Legendary NFL punter selling 3 Super Bowl rings

Punter Ray Guy #8 of the Los Angeles Raiders kicks the ball away against defensive backs Daniel Hunter #25, Tony Lilly #22 and linebacker Simon Fletcher #73 of the Denver Broncos during the game at Mile High Stadium on December 8, 1985 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders won 17-14 in overtime.
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Ray Guy
Punter Ray Guy (8) of the Los Angeles Raiders in a 1985 file photo.
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For a handful of NFL retirees enduring economic hardship, one of the sadder post-scripts to their playing careers is being forced to sell their Super Bowl rings.

Now Ray Guy - the most famous punter in NFL history - will be added to the list.

According to Sports Collectors Daily, Guy's three Super Bowl rings will be auctioned off next week because he is filing for bankruptcy and a judge ordered the auction to pay off his debts.

Guy won the three rings during his tenure with the Raiders from 1973-1986, picking up rings in Super Bowl XI, Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVII. As CBSSports.com noted last year: "Simply put, Guy is the greatest punter in the history of the game."

The estimated value of the three rings is between $75,000 and $90,000, according to Nate D. Sanders auctions. However, currently the high bid on the rings is just $6,727.

Guy is not the only player losing his coveted rings this week. Green Bay Packers lineman Fuzzy Thurman owes $1.7 million in back taxes so his Super Bowl II ring will be auctioned off on Thursday.

If Guy and Thurston are lucky, maybe someday they will be as fortunate as William "The Refrigerator" Perry who was reunited with his ring in April. The former Bears star, who is in poor health and was forced to sell his Super Bowl XX ring long ago, got it back when a thoughtful 10-year-old boy saved up enough money to buy it back for him.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com