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    1968 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II Championship Ring Presented to Lionel Aldridge. An esteemed member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and one of the key defensive leaders on Vince Lombardi's championship teams of the 1960's, Lionel Aldridge suffered from paranoid schizophrenia beginning in the late 1970's. Unfortunately, the mental illness led to a time that he was homeless. To quote Lionel:

    One night I slept in a field off an interstate near the Great Salt Lake. I didn't notice when I woke up, but, while I was sleeping, my jewel-encrusted Super Bowl ring must have slipped off. Those rings are not easy to come by, and I'd hung on to mine as a kind of symbol of who I'd once been. When I discovered the ring missing, it was as if I'd been stripped of one final link with my past. I sat in the middle of a sidewalk and wept into my hands.

    Aldridge eventually overcame his illness, and in January 1985, the 18th anniversary of the Packers' first Super Bowl win, Lionel received a gift. A group of his old teammates purchased a replacement Super Bowl II ring, which he had lost years ago on that tragic night. Offered here is that very ring, and it was sourced from Aldridge's widow, Vicky Aldridge/Nelson.

    The design is refreshingly elegant and understated compared to its recent Super Bowl XLV counterpart, the trio of diamonds on its face (1.50 carat weight total) representing the team's three consecutive Championships. They are set in a football-shaped green stone, edged by raised text reading "Green Bay Packers World Champions." The left shank announces the scores of the Ice Bowl (NFL Championship) and Super Bowl with crown imagery, a Packers helmet and the word "Challenge." Right shank announces "ALDRIDGE, NFL/AFL, Run to Win." Interior band is stamped "10K Jostens," and measures to a size 15.

    Included in the lot are a pair of signed images from fellow NFL alumni, each personalized to Aldridge - Darrell Green "To Lionel Keep your ring safe!" and Ray Nitschke "To Lionel, Keep your ring on. Love ya. God Bless. Your favorite teammate who made all the tackles." Letter of provenance from Vicky Aldridge-Nelson.

    The Lionel Aldridge Collection

    One of few rookies ever to start for the legendary Vince Lombardi, Lionel Aldridge was an integral part of three NFL Championships and two Super Bowl victories during his eleven-year career as a star defensive end for the Green Bay Packers, and later as member of the San Diego Chargers. An esteemed inductee of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Aldridge was a popular sports analyst in Milwaukee, and for Packers radio and NBC until manifesting paranoid schizophrenia in the late 1970's. Homeless for a period of time due to misdiagnosis, Aldridge eventually recovered, and became an advocate for the homeless and the mentally ill until his death in 1998. An eternal member of the Green Bay Packers family, Aldridge is represented in the following collection of memorabilia, which was consigned directly by his widow, Vicky Aldridge-Nelson. Each lot will accompany a signed letter of provenance from Mrs. Aldridge-Nelson.

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