Rodgers' missing Heisman ring found

Updated: May 9, 2006, 9:22 AM ET
Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- Johnny Rodgers' missing Heisman Trophy ring has been found, but not intact.

The former Nebraska wingback, who won the Heisman in 1972, said Monday the diamonds and the gold mini Heisman Trophy setting were removed from the ring, which was turned in by a woman about two weeks ago.

"It certainly isn't valued as much when the diamonds are gone," Rodgers said. "You can't take away the meaning no matter what shape the ring is in. I'm happy someone thought to turn it in. It's one of my most cherished possessions, and it can't help anyone else other than monetarily."

Rodgers said police are keeping the ring as they continue their investigation.

Rodgers reported the ring missing Nov. 15. He said he showed it to a clerk at a supermarket and then forgot about it while he was bagging his groceries.

The woman who turned in the ring said she found it in the supermarket parking lot and initially thought it was a high school class ring, said Sgt. Teresa Negron. Negron said the woman had the ring for six months, but didn't turn it in until her brother saw it and told her what it was.

Rodgers said he wore the Heisman ring daily and that many people had asked to see it over the years.

"I take it off all the time and give it to people," he said. "I don't know what happened, if someone stole it or I lost it. I'm appreciative of getting it back."

Rodgers, a two-time All-American, was a wingback on Nebraska's 1970 and 1971 national championship teams.

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