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Bronx33
02-05-2010, 07:40 PM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6852212.html?NORM

Troubled football great Dexter Manley once pawned his 1983 Super Bowl ring to buy cocaine.

This week, while in Miami for Sunday's Super Bowl, the man nicknamed the “Secretary of Defense” was both ecstatic and wistful when his wife, Lydia, called from his hometown of Houston to say she'd retrieved the iconic ring from the estate of the late lawyer John O'Quinn, Manley's long-time friend and some-time employer with whom he'd entrusted the redeemed ring.

“I didn't want to give up my Super Bowl ring to drug addiction,” said Dexter Manley, whose life has been a roller coaster of gridiron highs and jailhouse lows. It's been more than a decade since he's held that diamond-encrusted ring celebrating his Washington Redskins' defeat of the Miami Dolphins in January 1983.

The Yates High School grad played defensive end for Oklahoma State University before spending 11 flamboyant and fabled years in the NFL, most with the Redskins. In 1991 he was banned from the league after failing drug tests. He was repeatedly arrested for crack cocaine possession and was imprisoned more than once.

In 1999 O'Quinn and the Manleys flew in the lawyer's jet to see Manley's cousin Eric Dickerson inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On the plane O'Quinn surprised Manley with the ring the ballplayer had hocked and that O'Quinn found and redeemed.

Manley, unsure of himself, gave the ring back to O'Quinn to keep until he felt worthy again.

“O'Quinn had all the toys in the world. I had a lot of faith in him,” Manley said through the speaker of his wife's iPhone Wednesday. “He was a stand up guy.”

Manley did wind up back in jail on a cocaine charge a few years after relinquishing the ring to O'Quinn.

O'Quinn himself had actually entrusted the precious red box and its contents to his friend, South Texas College of Law professor Gerald Treece.

Since O'Quinn's October death in a car crash, Treece has also been the executor of O'Quinn's estate. It was in his cluttered office at the law school that Treece returned the ring Wednesday.

Lydia Manley said she liked that it was a little tarnished, but still just as valuable.

“It's not all shiny right now, it's just as it should be. It's got a little wear on it,” said a very poised and peaceful Lydia Manley.
Good, but troubled man

Lydia Manley said she and O'Quinn both always saw the good in Dexter even through all his troubles, which included a tearful confession to Congress that despite graduating from college, he had dyslexia and couldn't read.

But, she said, O'Quinn knew her husband well. They met at a River Oaks Houston breakfast joint and the lawyer had hired the athlete as a researcher and to work on his car collection at various times over the years.

At one point in the last decade, when the man known for sacking quarterbacks asked for the ring back, O'Quinn pretended he didn't have it.

“He thought Dexter was still in his addiction,” Lydia Manley said.

O'Quinn, a reformed alcoholic, knew something about addiction too.

But Lydia Manley said she thinks the friendship between her husband and the nationally famous and infamous trial lawyer had more to do with humble beginnings, hard work and outstanding achievement in their fields. The men sometimes attended church together.

“This day is bittersweet,” said Lydia Manley, happy her husband deserves the ring back after being sober since 2006 but sad O'Quinn isn't around to see that day.
Ring's caretaker

Dexter Manley spoke lovingly of O'Quinn over the phone and thanked Treece too.

The football player phoned Treece weeks ago to ask about the ring. Treece said his instructions from O'Quinn were to give it to the wife because she'd know when the symbolic piece should be returned.

The couple lives in Bethesda, Md., where Dexter Manley does public relations for a facilities management company, his wife said. Her husband has his 1988 Super Bowl ring, but this one has a far deeper meaning.

“I can be trusted now, I'm safe,” said Dexter Manley. But he said it may be best in his wife's capable hands.

WolfpackGuy
02-05-2010, 07:45 PM
Wow, Manley and Dickerson were cousins?

Broncos4tw
02-05-2010, 07:49 PM
Awww.. poor guy, so happy he got lucky there. What a pain to have to deal with fame AND fortune, and then give in to a drug addiction, and lose something as precious as a SB ring!

/sniff

Poor athletes. Puts things like Haiti in perspective! Silly earthquakes and death...

lostknight
02-05-2010, 07:51 PM
Ironically, I think I spotted a New England Superbowl Ring in Pawn Stars last week.

Don Flamenco
02-05-2010, 08:48 PM
Awww.. poor guy, so happy he got lucky there. What a pain to have to deal with fame AND fortune, and then give in to a drug addiction, and lose something as precious as a SB ring!

/sniff




Snort, IMHO

snowspot66
02-05-2010, 10:57 PM
Ironically, I think I spotted a New England Superbowl Ring in Pawn Stars last week.

Yep, they own a Pat's Super Bowl ring.

easymobee
02-05-2010, 11:19 PM
Im trying really hard to find a KC SB ring ..... unfortunately its just next to impossible to find one. They were last seen about 20 years before crack was invented.


Im 31 now and my life expectancy is about 90, maybe there is a small chance.

TDmvp
02-05-2010, 11:36 PM
Yep, they own a Pat's Super Bowl ring.


It's Brock Williams ring ... Here is the back story ...

http://outofbounds.nbcsports.com/2009/12/brock-williams-2001-super-bowl-ring-still-resides-in-vegas.html.php

You no doubt remember former New England Patriots cornerback Brock Williams, who pawned his Super Bowl ring a few years ago for $2,000. Williams never played for the mercurial Patriots that season, tearing a knee ligament in training camp and riding out the season on the practice squad. But he still got a ring, as I was reminded when poking around the History Channel's web site and seeing a video for its show Pawn Stars. Rick Harrison, the Las Vegas pawn shop owner who took possession of the ring as collateral for a $2,000 loan, still has the thing, and is still showing it off in a revolving display case at the front of the store. Is it just me, or is that a little creepy and distasteful, considering the circumstances?

In the video on the Pawn Stars site, Harrison proudly displays the ring he obtained from "a player," which he says he probably won't sell unless someone offers him "a ridiculous amount of money." How ridiculous? About $100,000.

Although in the video, Harrison turns the ring to clearly show the name "Williams" engraved on one side, he won't mention the name out loud. Make of that what you will.

"He was offered $15,000 to sell it, but he said no. He just borrowed some money and never came back," said Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ring is 4-karat white gold and encrusted with 143 diamonds, as well as garnets and sapphires. The whole thing greatly exceeded the NFL limit on expense, but the Patriots just ignored the rules and cranked out what was at the time the league's most elaborate bling. Another ring from the set was auctioned for $37,511 in 2008.

It's all fun and reality show fodder until you consider that Williams is now disabled due to bum knees, and living on his NFL pension.

The Pats drafted him in 2001 when he was a senior at the University of Notre Dame, but a knee ligament he tore in training camp kept him sidelined the entire season. The brother of retired Baltimore Ravens cornerback John Williams, 34, went on to play for the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, but his bum knee kept bringing him down.

"He never had a chance," his mother said. "Football was his life. That's all Brock knew. I guess the money ran out."

"It would be a miracle if we could get this ring back. It would be a godsend."

I have a feeling, however, that God does not hang out in Vegas pawn shops. I've never seen Pawn Stars, but it sounds like the kind of show that requires a shower after each viewing.

Pontius Pirate
02-05-2010, 11:39 PM
He knows this story will net him a lot of crack

epicSocialism4tw
02-05-2010, 11:45 PM
Great story about O'Quinn and Manley. What a great friend. Addiction is a hard thing for a friendship to survive. Not only did O'Quinn's friendship survive Manley's addiction, but he was a steward for his life as well. Nice story.

WolfpackGuy
02-05-2010, 11:51 PM
I've never seen Pawn Stars, but it sounds like the kind of show that requires a shower after each viewing.


The one guy is a schmuck. I know he's a pawn shop owner, but most times he does go through the trouble to get stuff appraised and then throws out an offer WAY below the appraisal.

snowspot66
02-06-2010, 08:03 PM
The one guy is a schmuck. I know he's a pawn shop owner, but most times he does go through the trouble to get stuff appraised and then throws out an offer WAY below the appraisal.

Well no ****. He has a business to run.

If you're going to be an idiot and pawn historical artifacts (which they deal heavily in) then you are going to get ripped off. I can't watch the show often because it makes me mad and sick that people pawn stuff like that just cause they want a few hundred dollars. Very rarely do any of them have a legitimate need for money right then and there. They just want to ditch something of Grandma's or Grandpa's.

spdirty
02-06-2010, 08:41 PM
The one part with the sunken bundle of coins fused together and the guy wanting $700,000 for it I thought was bull****. Who would carry that **** around in Vegas in a briefcase?

The show is entertaining though.

TDmvp
02-06-2010, 08:47 PM
The one part with the sunken bundle of coins fused together and the guy wanting $700,000 for it I thought was bull****. Who would carry that **** around in Vegas in a briefcase?

The show is entertaining though.

yea that episode was crazy ...

spdirty
02-06-2010, 08:51 PM
yea that episode was crazy ...

If that was real, I wish Rick wouldve bought it for half a mil. Then Id have loved to see him tell the old man.

TDmvp
02-06-2010, 08:57 PM
If that was real, I wish Rick wouldve bought it for half a mil. Then Id have loved to see him tell the old man.

Old man would have blown a gasket ... Might be the best new show on the Hist. Chan.

lostknight
02-06-2010, 09:25 PM
Actually Pawn Stars isn't that bad. Everyone goes in knowing that they are not going to make a lot of cash.

OBF1
02-06-2010, 10:48 PM
Count me as one who likes Pawn Stars, funny as hell and you do learn quite a bit about antiques and other valuables.