Super Bowl ring auctioned to pay back taxes


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A Super Bowl ring awarded to former Green Bay Packers lineman Fuzzy Thurston will be sold at auction to help pay $1.7 million in back taxes.

Federal marshals seized Thurston's ring from Super Bowl II, which will be auctioned at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Ill., on Aug. 4.

A court order also calls for the sale of Thurston's Super Bowl I ring and other sports memorabilia.

The auction in August will also sell Thurston's 1960 helmet and two footballs signed by Vince Lombardi and members of the Packers. The Green Bay Press-Gazette says Thurston's Super Bowl ring is expected to raise more than $20,000.

The 77-year-old Thurston did not return messages. Authorities say Thurston withheld federal income taxes from employee salaries in a chain of restaurants he helped open but failed to turn all the money over to the Internal Revenue Service.

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