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Lawrence Taylor Super Bowl Ring Auction: Son Reportedly Responsible, L.T. Unaware

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Former New York Giants player Lawrence Taylor waves to fans during a half-time ceremony at an NFL football game between the Giants and the Carolina Panthers. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Former New York Giants player Lawrence Taylor waves to fans during a half-time ceremony at an NFL football game between the Giants and the Carolina Panthers. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Around the same time that members of 2011 Giants were receiving their own rings for defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, one of the franchise' most dominant players was selling his to the highest bidder.

The latest chapter in the disturbing post-NFL life of legendary Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor involves the sale of his Super Bowl XXV ring. It was initially reported that Taylor was auctioning the memento from the New York Giants' narrow win over the Buffalo Bills in 1991. However, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that it was Taylor's son who made the call to make the ring available at SPC Auctions. The minimum bid was $10,000. The bidding will end Saturday night.

Glazer, who been in touch with Taylor's agent Mark Lepselter, reports that Taylor had given both of his Super Bowl rings to his son years ago. According to Glazer, Lepselter said that "Lawrence was in fact unaware of it but said he gave it to TJ (his son) and its his right to do what he wants with it. He's fine with whatever TJ decided."

Although Taylor's on-field accomplishments are legendary, his off-the-field struggles and crimes are nearly as well known at this point. A member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame and the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team, the 53-year-old Taylor was most recently arrested in 2010 after he was apprehended with a 16-year-old prostitute. He was originally charged with third-degree rape, but he would later plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute, two misdemeanor charges with no jail time.

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