Are you a collector of memorabilia that got college football programs in hot water with the NCAA? Well then you're going to love this news!
You'll recall TattooGate at Ohio State which ended up causing Jim Tressel to be fired and kept Ohio State from a possible national championship in 2012. Well, TattooGate all started when former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor exchanged his 2008 Big Ten championship ring with a tattoo shop owner for tattoos.
And now somebody on eBay wants to exchange that same ring with you, for tattoos in the form of cash. From the eBay listing of bumpininc:
This may be the single most famous piece of Ohio State memorabilia available! This ring was the start of the Tattoo Scandal involving former Ohio State players Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, Devier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas, former coach Jim Tressel, and tattoo shop owner Ed Rife. This ring was originally owned by Terrelle Pryor, former quarterback for THE Ohio State Buckeyes and current starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. It was given to Edward Rife in exchange for tattoos, although Rife contends that he purchased the ring from Pryor.
This exact ring sold on eBay back in early June for $18,100 (see picture). I purchased this ring directly from Edward Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos, who was the primary individual involved in the Ohio State Tattoo Scandal controversy. According to Rife, this ring was the first item that he ever received from Terrelle Pryor... And the rest is history! I purchased several other items from Mr. Rife including signed pants, footballs, gloves, helmets, etc.
As of publishing, this top bid was at $16,499, which shows what an awful business man Terrelle Pryor was in college. Just think of all the tattoos he could have bought with $16,499.
Hat tip: Deadspin