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    1968 New York Jets Super Bowl III Championship Duplicate Ring Made for Defensive End Gerry Philbin. Like most great sports stories, Super Bowl III was a tale of improbable victory, of Goliath felled by a scrappy David. Quarterback Joe Namath's brazen guarantee of victory was laughable before it was rendered prophetic. But spectator sports rules as the leading form of live entertainment precisely because the uncertainty of the outcome stokes our curiosity, and occasionally allows us to be amazed.

    The stunning sixteen to seven Jets victory over the heavily favored NFL Champion Baltimore Colts would prove to be far more than a simple underdog tale, however--it was a game that precipitated a seismic shift in professional football. Lopsided Green Bay Packers victories in the first two Super Bowls had served to calcify the belief that the AFL was a fundamentally inferior league, clamping the brakes on a merger that had been agreed to in principle in 1966. In the Super Bowl III victory, the upstart league was legitimized in the eyes of many influential figures who controlled the destiny of the process.

    In other words, this is no mere Super Bowl ring, but a key stepping stone in the ascendance of the NFL to the lofty status it enjoys today. This is a faithful duplicate by Balfour of the original ring issued to All-AFL defensive end Gerry Philbin, who recorded an astounding fourteen and a half sacks during the 1968 regular season and was instrumental in limiting the vaunted Baltimore Colts offense to just seven points in Super Bowl III.

    "New York Jets, World Champions, 1968" on a face studded with real diamonds set in a green football-shaped stone. The left shank recounts the winning tallies of both the Super Bowl and the AFL Championship games, while the right announces "Philbin 81," framing a Jets helmet in profile. The twin mantras of "Execution" and "Poise" underscore left and right shank respectively. "Balfour 14K" is stamped at interior band, which measures to a size twelve and a half (12). Weight is thirty-eight grams (38 g.). Moderate wear evident.

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