A former NFL star with the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts, Hakeem Nicks is a member of an elite club of distinguished athletes. However, the ex-soccer star has just joined an even more exclusive club: athletes who have auctioned off their Super Bowl rings. Recently, TMZ Sports broke the news that Nicks used Heritage Auctions to sell his ring, which he won against the New England Patriots in 2012. or even drugs, according to Mental Floss, Nicks is selling his ring in the name of charity.
The ring, set with diamonds and blue sapphires, was originally supposed to fetch around $80,000. However, as TMZ reports, there is one very devoted Nicks fan out there who thought the ring was worth a lot more, at $117,000. As impressive as it is to earn nearly $40,000 more than the estimated estimate, there are athletes who have racked up even greater paydays for their rings.
How Hakeem Nicks’ payday compares to other athletes
Even if a portion of the Hakeem Nicks’ proceeds go to charity, $117,000 is still a massive payday for his Super Bowl ring, which Heritage Auction says comes with a letter of origin and which includes the phrases “all in.” and “finish” callbacks to Nicks’ former coach (via Heavy). However, Nick’s impressive payout doesn’t even remotely compare to the gargantuan sums that other athletes and industry professionals have been able to rake in.
Football legend Tom Brady’s “Friends & Family” Super Bowl ring — rings assigned to the winning team’s intimate circle — fetched $344,000 at a private auction in 2018, according to CBS Sports. Meanwhile, William “Refrigerator” Perry’s 1985 Super Bowl ring, which he didn’t own at the time, sold for a little less — $201,150 in 2015, according to CBS News. Still, none of those convenient payouts compare to New England Patriot owner Robert Kraft, who auctioned one of his many Super Bowl rings for $1.025 million to support COVID-19 relief, according to Reuters.
Given that the fans are known to be an incredibly passionate bunch, it’s no surprise that some (with enough wallets) have gone to great lengths to claim a little of their favorite team’s legacy for themselves.