A story told all too often is that of the financial woes of a former NFL player. It happens more often than most realize, and far more often than the NFL cares to admit. Still, when you hand a relatively poor guy millions of dollars, some over-spending is almost bound to happen. Hell, even John Elway and Jerry Rice work now; and I’m sure they made enough in their playing career to comfortably retire.

From TMZ comes the story on the latest “victim”, Ray Guy. The former Raider kicker, thought to be one of the greatest of all time, was forced to sell his three superbowl rings after filing for bankruptcy last spring. The reason for his financial hardship wasn’t given, and his only comment was that of bitterness and slight remorse, "I don't want to talk about it. I'm not trying to be hateful, but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do," Guy said.

The three rings sold for over 80 thousand dollars, and will no doubt be put in a case by some rich tool from Los Angeles. I for one don’t know if I’d have the heart to keep the rings after purchasing them; it’s the definition of kicking a guy when he’s down, so to speak. If you’re truly a Ray Guy fan, you gotta buy the rings, and try to give ‘em back for a signed football or something. Maybe that’s just me, but I’d feel guilty every time I saw the rings that someone else earned sitting in a case in my living room.

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