Jamal Lewis has not had a good time since his retirement from the NFL. The former Baltimore Ravens star running back is one of a select few to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a season, but in 2012 he filed for bankruptcy just three years after retiring from the NFL.
The Super Bowl ring in question is in fact one from the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII triumph, a victorious season that Lewis wasn't involved in. But Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti gave out several rings to Ravens legends including Lewis.
Safe to say, Lewis's ring was only in his possession for two years. Reports say that the championship ring was sold on Monday for $50,820 at an auction, with the former star running back using the money to finish bankruptcy.
Lewis was declared bankrupt back in 2012 and has been trying to pay off creditors ever since. In the same year, he was inducted in the team's ring of honor but his reputation has taken a dive somewhat in the past three years after severe financial difficulties.
Though the legacy of Baltimore's Super Bowl XLVII may be slightly tarnished because of the auction of one of their rings, the team said in a statement today they understand the tough decision Lewis made.
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"Jamal Lewis informed us that he was forced to sell the Super Bowl XLVII ring due to financial difficulties. We understand and respect his decision," the Ravens said, according to ESPN.
It's quite a fall from grace for the Ravens legend, who over the course of his career developed a reputation for powerful running.
Lewis lacked speed but he more than made up for that by adopting a physical running style that terrified defenses across the NFL.
His best season was in 2003 when he ran for 2,066 rushing yards in the regular season - just 39 yards short of Erik Dickerson's NFL record. While his financial difficulties may tarnish his reputation somewhat, Ravens fans will always have a place in their hearts for the destructive force of Lewis.
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