Former Colt's championship ring is stolen

February 25, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police were alerting area pawnshops yesterday to be on the lookout for the 1958 NFL championship ring belonging to former Colt defensive back Andy Nelson.

Nelson, 63, a trucking company executive, and his wife, Betty, discovered that the ring was missing from their Glen Arm residence about 11 a.m. Sunday. They estimated the ring's value at $10,000.

Police said that the Nelsons' home was burglarized between Feb. 17 and Sunday, and that $300 worth of other jewelry also was stolen.

Mr. Nelson was unavailable for comment, but his wife described him as "very upset" and "anxious to get the ring back."

Art Donovan, the Colts left defensive tackle in 1958, said the gold ring "has a small diamond on top with Baltimore Colts vs. New York Giants and the words National Football League World Champions and the score engraved on it."

He said the ring also has the player's name, uniform number and position engraved on the inside of the band.

In what is called "the greatest game ever played," the Colts triumphed over the New York Giants, 23-17, in overtime Dec. 28, 1958.

Anyone with information about the ring is asked to call police at 887-2198.

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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