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    The last NFL Championship of the pre-Super Bowl era

    1965 Green Bay Packers NFL Championship Ring Presented to Team Physician. If Jim Brown had any reservations about his retirement from the National Football League as he neared the conclusion of the 1965 season, one would suspect that the NFL Championship game silenced them for good. On January 2, 1966, Green Bay's Lambeau Field was transformed into one of the most forlorn landscapes on Earth, the playing surface melted to a thick syrup by a sky that couldn't make up its mind between rain and snow, and churned beneath the cleats of the most formidable force ever to share a single sideline. More than 50,000 Green Bay supporters braved freezing temperatures and wet, gusting winds in the hopes that their Packers could topple the Cleveland Browns, the league's reigning Champions.

    Photographs of the contest recall those depicting the brutal trench conditions of the First World War, the mud so thick that jersey numbers are often rendered illegible. The slippery conditions proved to be a boon for the home team, whose ground game was built upon the brute force of the Kramer-led "Packer Sweep," while Jim Brown's dazzling speed and agility were undermined by poor footing. But clearly it would be unfair to deconstruct the contest to those simple terms, as the twenty-three to twelve Green Bay Packers victory would prove to be the first of a "three-peat," inclusive of the the first two Super Bowls to follow. This was, quite plainly, the sport's natural order--a title for Titletown.

    Here we present the personal championship ring of Dr. Eugene Brusky, Sr., who had recently been hired by Lombardi as team physician after the pair met on a golf outing earlier that year. It is important to stress that there were not multiple variations of championship rings in these early NFL days, and that this example is identical in every regard but the engraved name and band size to those issued to Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and the rest of the men in uniform.

    A large, genuine diamond adorns a golden football on the ring face, set into a green stone within raised text reporting the elite significance of the prize: "1965 World Champions Green Bay Packers." Left shank pictures Lambeau Field in miniature, with the doctor's surname and the Lombardi mantra "Character" engraved above and below. Right shank completes the thought with "Dedication," the area above occupied by the final score of the game and the logos of the NFL and Green Bay Packers respectively.

    Interior band is stamped "10K" with a Josten's logo and measures to a size eleven (11). Proud wear is evident, but the detailing remains sharp. A glorious memento of one of the greatest battles ever won on the Green Bay gridiron. Appraisal paperwork.

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