Ex-Patriots star Josh Gordon's Super Bowl LIII ring auctioned for huge sum

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Former New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon’s championship ring from Super Bowl LIII sold at auction for $138,000, according to a report Tuesday.

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Gordon received a Super Bowl ring for his contributions to the Patriots’ title run in 2018 despite not playing in the championship game itself. After playing a key role in the Patriots’ offense for 11 games, Gordon was suspended in December of that year for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and missed the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

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Heritage Auctions, a prominent sports memorabilia firm, conducted the sale. The 10-karat ring features six Lombardi Trophies in a tribute to the Patriots dynasty and was sold in its original box.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 29: Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddi

Gordon, 29, did not personally sell the ring, TMZ Sports reported in July. The auction was conducted on behalf of an unnamed memorabilia dealer. Heritage Auctions originally set an expected price tag of $100,000 for the ring.

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Gordon was reinstated prior to the 2019 NFL season, but the Patriots opted to waive him. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks and played seven games for the team, but was suspended again last December for violating NFL policies on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs.

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The NFL veteran applied for reinstatement in June and is expected to pursue a comeback if approved.

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