Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ozzie in the house

Ozzie Newsome is in the press box as general manager of the Baltimore Ravens. Seeing him today in the wake of Terrelle Pryor and other Buckeyes selling their championship rings brought to mind a conversation with Newsome before the Browns played the Broncos in the second of three AFC championship games in the 1980s. This was before the 1987 conference championship in Denver.

I asked Newsome, the Browns great tight end, what would be the best part of winning a Super Bowl. Without hesitation, he said winning the ring.

"You could spend the money you win, but you'll always have the ring," he said.

I reminded Ozzie about that conversation before kickoff today. He was not judgmental of Pryor. He said the items were sold to support the families of the players. But as for himself, the ring is still the most important thing.


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